Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

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…

Firstborn Son

Scripture Reading — Luke 2:1-7 She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger. . . . — Luke 2:7 It’s so wonderful to hold a newborn baby in your arms. To look into the newly opened eyes, to feel the delicate skin, to hear the little…

What Gift Will You Give?

Matthew 4:13-17 13…and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: 15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,By the way of the sea, on the other side of…

Mystified

Dear Christmas People, Jonathan Miller, the British comedian, theater director, and opera maestro died last year.  He once said, ”Though I am not a Christian, the idea of a God that incarnated itself into its own creation, in order to suffer the experience of being its own creation, is a fantastically productive metaphor.”  The word…

Darkest Night

As we prepare for Christmas, we here in the Northern Hemisphere are deep in the midst of short days and long nights. The darkness can seem to overwhelm (anyone else ready to climb into bed at 6 pm?) And this year, the light we find in celebrating the holidays is not quite as bright without…