Pastor’s Corner

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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 [...]

Pastor’s Corner September 2019

"Smoke hangs like haze on the harvested fields The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth And you walk under the red light of fall The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain, The sharp, gentle chill of the fall. Here, as we move into the shadows of autumn The night brings the morning of spring. Come to us, Lord of the Harvest. Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you [...]

Pastor’s Corner July 2019

Observing Sabbath is one of our ancient spiritual practices. The Hebrew word for Sabbath means to rest from labor. Its theological meaning is rooted in God's rest following creation. We are called to take Sabbath by God's commandment. But Sabbath is not just a duty, or a rest from labor, but also a time to grow closer to God. Sabbath is not just going to church on Sunday. Jesus further taught and nuanced teaching about [...]

Pastor’s Corner June 2019

The Fisherman June is a month filled with celebration, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries. It is a wonderful time to thank God for the ways that you are blessed. Last night I dreamed that I was attending a play. Just as the play was about to start, I woke up. I was really disappointed not to know what the play was going to be about. Then I started thinking that life is like that. We do [...]

Pastor’s Corner May 2019

Honoring Our Work On May 1st some churches honor Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. Spiritual writer Joyce Rupp in her devotional Inviting God In describes him as a “quiet, humble carpenter.” It was not so much what he did for a living but how and why he worked. Scholars believe he was at least 10 years older than Mary and died before Jesus’ ministry began. He showed his true character by caring for Mary [...]