Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Has the Lord Been Socially Distant?

Sunday’s sermon referenced Jeremiah 31:12 They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem. They will be radiant because of the LORD’s good gifts— the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and the healthy flocks and herds.  I find that 2020 was a year where it felt…

Sunday to Monday | Through the Portal

The first worship of 2021 is under our belt. Pastor Dave opened John 1:1-18 for us and helped us to see that the Christ child came to open a portal for us to enter to the presence, love and mercy of God. There was a bit of glitch in the stream, with a break midway…

New Year Blessing

A Blessing for the New Year by John O’Donohue On the day whenthe weight deadenson your shouldersand you stumble,may the clay danceto balance you. And when your eyesfreeze behindthe grey windowand the ghost of lossgets into you,may a flock of colours,indigo, red, greenand azure blue,come to awaken in youa meadow of delight. When the canvas…

New Year and New Normal

2020 is over! The year that would never end has ended. What does that mean though? Will everything change at midnight? Will it flip back to where we were at midnight of last year? Is that where we even want to be? I would argue no. I think there is a fascinating concept that repeats…

Always There

Isaiah 65:24 “…Before they call I will answer; and while they are still speaking I will hear.” Soon the typical Christmas season will be over but the miracle of a baby’s birth long ago is with us always. The mystery of why and how this came to be is something we seem to spend a…

Renewed, Fresh

Dear People of the Year 2021, We are a people ready with anticipation that 2021 will be filled with renewed faith and fresh hope. One of my favorite seminary professors, Dr. Durwood “Bud“ Buchheim, quoted John Bunyan in his Christmas letter this year.  Faith says to hope: Look for what is promised. Hope says to faith, So I do, and…

A New Season

Can you believe it?  2020 is almost over.  I do not know about you, but I have done a lot of reflecting this year.  Some days I feel like it was just yesterday and some days it feels like an eternity has gone by very slowly. The last few days, two things have resonated with me …  One,…

Sunday to Monday | The Lord Has Come

Our Christmas celebration started on Christmas Eve where we were able to carry on most traditions like the Band, Pastor Dave’s great sermon, communion, 2020 review in photos and Silent Night with candles. If you missed being with us, you can watch here. Christmas and the Good News of Jesus continued on Sunday as we…

Child of the Poor

Merry Christmas! It’s not over. I say this every year, mostly to remind myself. Christmas isn’t over. The day we celebrate is over and we are certainly tired, a little bloaty from indulging too much, sad for those we didn’t get to see and yet, grateful it’s done again for another year. But Christmas isn’t…