Forgive Yourself

Sometimes forgiving other people is easier than forgiving ourselves. Jesus told a parable about a young man who ran off with his inheritance, even before his father had died. When he runs out of money, he longs to eat the scraps given to the pigs. His pride got in the way of reconciling with his… Continue reading Forgive Yourself

Prayers for Good Friday

On Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus having been betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried. On the Friday between Palm Sunday and Easter our sanctuary will be open from noon until 3 pm for anyone interested in quiet meditation and prayers. Should you be unable to come here, we offer the following… Continue reading Prayers for Good Friday

Forgiving Enemies

Do you know why Jonah was swallowed by a whale? Or what happened to Jonah after the whale spat him back onto dry land? You may have learned at an early age that God had told Jonah to preach to Nineveh, an evil and violent enemy of Israel. Instead Jonah went the opposite direction, and… Continue reading Forgiving Enemies

Forgiveness as Healing

How many friends do you have who would take you from your bed and carry you to someone else's home, make a hole in that other person's roof, and you would trust them to lower you through that hole so you could be healed of what harms you? Word of Jesus' ability to teach and… Continue reading Forgiveness as Healing

Renamed for Service

Has your name ever changed? Or at least what people called you? Perhaps you had a nickname that only your closest friends knew. For much of my life my family, friends, and co-workers called me Bob. It was a name I had once preferred and responded to. But when I was hired by a small… Continue reading Renamed for Service

Working for God

Have you ever gotten a project off to what you had assessed was a good start only to discover a major problem and that addressing that problem would require scrapping nearly everything you had done and starting over? This is the essence of the story of Noah and the flood. A few chapters earlier God… Continue reading Working for God


“Bless this food, O Lord, and us to thy service, and keep us ever mindful of the needs of others.” My mother regularly offered this prayer before we ate when I was growing up. The food was always a blessing. At the time I thought little about the next two phrases. Now I am "ever… Continue reading Transfigured

Designed to Fly

February 4th, 2018 is Boy Scout Sunday. Cub Scout Pack 188 will help us observe this anniversary by serving as ushers and liturgists (readers). Do you hear the wind blowing? Listen … It is the breath given to Adam, the breath that hovered over the face of the waters at the creation of the world. Each… Continue reading Designed to Fly

Kirkin’ o’ tha Tratans

Don your kilt and tam and bring your tartan out of the closet. On Sunday, January 28th, we will celebrate Scottish heritage and especially symbols of various clans or families that have contributed to the life of this congregation. One of the best stories of the power of families comes through in the book of… Continue reading Kirkin’ o’ tha Tratans


I had a hard time finding music for this Sunday's worship service that would help us focus on justice and righteousness. I have no problem finding music that sings to the power, majesty, and especially the salvation of our Lord. I readily find music that evokes humility for human failure and desire to turn to… Continue reading Justice