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I really appreciate what BJ shared during the Children’s Time this morning, about the `circle of the church.’ It makes an important point about the beliefs, the values and principles that get passed down – transmitted from one generation to the next – and which defines our faith and our […]

Sermon: Faith of our Fathers



I am writing this article from the observer’s gallery of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA); where thousands of Presbyterians from around the world have gathered on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi under the shadow of the Gateway to the Midwest in St. Louis, Missouri to […]

Pastor’s Journal



CHORALES: A PREMIERE EVENT @ 1st Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St, Cazenovia, NY — Benjamin J. Lake Memorial Concert in conjunction with Cazenovia Counterpoint This is a FREE event! The program features the world premiere of “Chorale”, a commissioned work by Cornell composer Kevin Ernste paying tribute to the late […]

Ben Lake Memorial Concert


A Vermont farmer was sitting on the porch with his wife. As he sat there, he started realizing just how much she meant to him. And it was about time—they had been married for forty-two years; and she had been such a huge help to him, a tireless worker, and […]

Sermon: Created to Praise


In the first congregation I served, in Cleveland, there were these two extremely elderly gentlemen – both widowers – who would always sit together in worship on Sunday morning. I remember distinctly, in the middle pew section, just about six rows back from the chancel/pulpit. And I can see their […]

Sermon: RESTORING SABBATH




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One of my college art professors at Wichita State University, who grew up on a farm outside of St. Louis, told me that the first time he drove into Kansas he was fascinated by the fact that all the trees and vegetation were leaning toward the north. “It really baffled […]

Sermon: Listening to the Wind


It seems a mama possum was trundling along with her babies clinging to her back when a hungry carpet python decided that her journey was just a “moveable feast.” The python grabbed one of the defenseless (and delectable) babies off of mama’s back, sure that it had snagged itself an […]

Sermon: One Fierce Love



Do you remember, when you were a little kid in school, out on the playground for recess or PE, and you were playing a team sport? And do you remember the playground politics involved in picking a team? There would be captains (usually the best players/natural leaders) who would chose […]

Sermon: Chosen