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Lots of churches, these days like to put a message or pithy saying on the sign out front to catch the eye of people passing by. You know the kind:             Like the sign in front of a Baptist church on a midsummer day in Wichita, Kansas that said: “You […]

Sermon: Sign of the Times


A number of years ago, late one Saturday morning, I received a phone from one of the parishioners of the church I was serving in Cleveland, Ohio. It was Karen, a young mother of four small children, and she was just beside herself. She told me that her youngest child, […]

Sermon: In The Shepherds Fold



The Gospel of John is a bit quirky; it doesn’t just end once. It has two endings. The first ending is chapter 20 – which we read last week – with the final scene describing a resurrected Jesus appearing to Thomas and company in a locked room. The story then […]

Sermon: P. S. I Love You


Easter is over. The banners have been taken down. The lilies have all been distributed and the crowds have all gone home. So, now what? The month of May falls into that `in-between’ time that resides in the hyphenated space between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension. In our Christian tradition, […]

Pastor’s Journal – May


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A little boy went to Sunday school on a day when his class was studying Moses. After church, as they were riding home in the car, his father quizzed his son about what he learned that morning in Sunday school.             “We learned all about Moses,” said the little guy, […]

Sermon: The Need to Believe



I just read an interesting story this past week. Let me share it with you and then tell me if you think it could be true or not.             It reportedly happened on an Easter morning in a church out in East Texas. The call to worship had just been […]

Sermon: Easter Rising


Your Fellowship Committee hopes that every family will participate and be represented in the new church membership photo directory.  The first step is to sign up for a photo sitting, all of which will take place at the Church on either Monday, April 29 or Tuesday, April 30 between 2:00pm […]

New Church Photo Directory


Lent. Lent. Lent. What to do about Lent. That is our dilemma `du jour’. It seems, nowadays, that trying to give up something for Lent is second only to making New Year’s resolutions for durability. Unfortunately, we can still remember the last time we tried to do either, and what […]

Pastor’s Journal



His name was David. He was a rather serious young man, in his early thirties, and already well on his way to a very successful architect career. David was single and handsome and considered one of the church’s most eligible bachelors. He came up to me after church one Sunday […]

Sermon: A High Standard of Living