Pastor’s Corner

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Pastor’s Corner November 2020

O tender God, you gave me more, much more than I ever thought to ask for. I realize that our human desires can never really match what you long to give us. Thanks, and again, thanks, O God, for having granted my petitions, and that which I never realized I needed or petitioned. -Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life [...]

Pastor’s Corner October 2020

“Practicing the Presence of God” Do you struggle with prayer? Brother Lawrence was a monk who was born in the 17th century He never received any formal education and yet he left behind one of the classic memoirs of the devotional life, The Practice of the Presence of God. In 1666 he became a lay brother in Paris. He worked in the kitchen calling himself the “servant of servants.” He was at first confused about [...]

Pastor’s Corner September 2020

My grandmother, Lenna Belle, whom I was named after, was a worrier. She had a rough life, married to a coal miner who was killed in a mine collapse leaving her with three kids under six years old. She went back to school and became a schoolteacher. She lived through the flu pandemic, and the depression; worried about my dad who served in WWII, and she finally died of a stroke in her 70’s. Sadly, [...]

Pastor’s Corner July 2020

Dear Friends, We are certainly living in a unique time with much news to process. It is an important time to take care of ourselves and be very mindful of other’s needs and rights. It is an important time to see what we can do to be better neighbors to all those in our world. It is time to recognize racism and work to end it and it is time to be very careful not [...]

Pastor’s Corner June 2020

The storm surges around us, but what is the storm? Almighty God, have mercy. We fear the unknown; we allow paranoia to steal our peace. Almighty God, have mercy. We disagree, squabble; ears attuned to what we wish to criticize, hearing what we want. Have mercy. We disagree, squabble; our mouths spout “better ways” and our language reeks of critique. Frustration, fear, anger, and anxiety shove our friends’ “reason and trust” out the door. Have [...]

Pastor’s Corner May 2020

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is much talk of a “new normal” for virtually everyone in our world. Labeling it so is one way we name it so that we can cope with all the change it has created in our lives. Initially, there was not much that seemed normal, but as the days go by, it seems like there are some good things amidst the daily tragedies of lost opportunities, suffering [...]

Pastor’s Corner April 2020

Dear Ones, In these very extraordinary time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we may be finding ourselves a bit lost and confused.  We may be experiencing some very challenging circumstances.  It is a good time to pray and stay connected with God, our family, our  friends and our  church.  To that purpose  I share with you this prayer by Cameron Bellm. Pastor Linda Miles 845-430-3348   Prayer for a Pandemic May we who are merely inconvenienced [...]

Pastor’s Corner March 2020

As we enter Lent, it is a good time for examining our relationship with God. Joyce Rupp in her poem, “Lost and Found” (see following page) in the book, Fresh Bread and Other Gifts of Nourishment, asks us to examine what we have lost and how we can recover those things which we value most. The Gospel is full of images of lost treasures being found, a lost son who returns to the arms of [...]

Pastor’s Corner February 2020

Traditionally, Ordinary Time is the part of the year when the church is not observing particular Holy Days or the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. In English the term "ordinary" means something that is not special. Actually, in the church calendar ordinary times makes up most of the church year, 32 or 33 Sundays. It is called "ordinary" not because it is common but because the weeks in ordinary time are numbered. The Latin [...]

Pastor’s Corner January 2020

God, our God has blessed us. Psalm 67:6b In Numbers 6:24-26 God tells Moses to share a beautiful blessing with the Israelites. Moses is to say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you, make his face to shine upon you, be gracious to you, and give you peace”. These are wonderful words of God’s blessing to us and to our friends and loved ones. But so often we forget the blessings of our [...]

Pastor’s Corner November 2019

"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" John 10:10b November is a time for gratitude for all our blessings. Here are some of my favorite quotes about gratitude. I hope they will be of use to you in this month of thankfulness. At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who [...]

Pastor’s Corner October 2019

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time for tears, and a time for laughter; a time for mourning, and a time for dancing… Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,4 “The trees grow more restless; October wind weaves through them; they shake their arms in dismay as if to fight the coming cold and the grief of the leaves going. Autumn [...]