December 4, 2019

JOSHUA’S WANDERINGS

“Not all who wander are lost”. J. R. R. Tolkien

“The Waiting Game”

          Growing up, I did not have anything like Advent to guide my December journey. Mostly, my life consisted of counting down the days until I got out of school—the calendar that s...

December 4, 2019

"Saints?”

As I write this reflection, we are fast approaching All Saints Day. To be clear, this is actually rather odd for a Protestant community, since the early Protestants declared that all Christians are saints. Therefore, there is no need to single out individuals...

December 4, 2019

"Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets."  (From Zechariah 8)

Memory. Rem...

December 4, 2019

Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips…(Isaiah 6:5)

Lost and unclean! That’s been me lately! Haha. At least that is how I have felt at times. I can’t recall when I’ve been asked to juggle as many things as I have...

December 4, 2019

“My peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14: 27)

In these words of Christ, we are both comforted and challenged. The care comes from the very word peace, w...

July 1, 2019

     During my last service as pastor of Immanuel Church on June 30, Immanuel will give a commission to Sue and me, and I will be asked to give a commission to the people of Immanuel Church.  Because some may not be able to be at that service, I am sharing some of thos...

June 1, 2019

     At our most recent Pastoral Relations meeting, one of our members asked if there were any resources available that could help a congregation deal with the separation from a long-term pastor who is retiring.  You would think that there would be quite a few, but I h...

May 1, 2019

     On Saturday, April 27, a gunman killed one person and injured three people at a Jewish synagogue in Poway, California.  On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers attacked three churches in Sri Lanka.  Last month, 50 people were killed in attacks on mosques in New Zealand....

April 1, 2019

     It’s the season of spring, my favorite season.  I have always enjoyed watching the trees put on leaves and the flowers begin to bloom in this season of mild temperatures and pretty days.  Spring is an annual reminder that new life can emerge out of that which was...

March 1, 2019

     On Ash Wednesday, March 6, we begin the season of Lent.  We will gather for worship and Holy Communion during the Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 p.m.  During the season of Lent, we go on an inner journey of self-examination, repentance, and renewal.  We recall the...

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