Monthly Archives: March 2018



One of my fondest memories of childhood was the annual Christmas parade in Wichita, Kansas. Like most small Midwestern cities, the downtown would be all dressed up in greenery and garlands, banners and lights; and the Christmas shopping season would officially open with a grand procession down Douglas Avenue. We’d […]

Sermon: Passion Parade


Linda and Karen were members of a certain church. And they volunteered to visit some homes in the area to see if anyone was interested in joining their congregation. So they were given a map and told to go down to Summit Drive and turn right. Now, the leader of […]

Sermon: SCANDALOUS GRACE



Easter Sunday – April 1st 10:00 a.m. Worship Prelude: Variations on “O Filli et Fillae” by Raymond H. Haan Anthem: “Be Joyful Together” by J.S. Bach with trumpeters Samantha Kimber and Bob Petrovitch Scripture: John 20: 1- 18 Sermon: “Easter Hope” Postlude: “Toccata “The Strife Is Over” By Alfred V. […]

Easter Worship Service



In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was settling in. A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, while other people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn’t trying to sell many papers. He walked up […]

Sermon: Born to Love



When I was eight years old, my Gramma Della (Renzella Tilma, a staunch Dutch-German Presbyterian), gave me my very first Bible. This was before they had all the different versions for kids, etc., so it was the King James, of course, which made little sense to an eight year old. […]

Sermon: Radical Sabbath


Cazenovia’s Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in Madison County.  It stands as an icon to the beliefs and aspirations of early and mid-nineteenth century Cazenovians.  The congregation itself was formed in 1799 with Joshua Leonard as its first pastor.  It took seven years to establish the congregation and raise […]

Centuries Old Church Becomes Handicap Accessible