Pastor’s Corner

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Pastor’s Corner February 2021

It’s that time of year again. Winter brings snow and cold, but also a time of quiet. It’s time to prepare our hearts for Lent which begins this year on February 17th with Ash Wednesday. We can think about Lent as a journey. Think about the journeys we take, some long journeys that can take days, even weeks to complete. Journeys have their ups and downs. We don’t really expect them to go smoothly. If [...]

Pastor’s Corner January 2021

Freshness a poem by Joyce Rupp, adapted for our reflection. A new year is moving in just as winter walks alone and snowflakes and I sit here wondering in the breath of God’s bless and the glance of God’s  grace I think about the year now gone and how I’ve walked across it (it grieves me some and joys me some) And as the new year stretches I wonder how I’ll meet it and if [...]

Pastor’s Corner December 2020

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…Genesis 12:4a Abram, soon to be renamed Abraham, left his home and set out on a long road to the unknown. His sole motivation was his faith, his conviction was that he could never travel beyond the reach and care of his God. Do we share that conviction? (A Bit of Straw for the Manger, A Spiritual Guide for Advent, 2005 by Carol Perry S.U.) We are [...]

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 [...]

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