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    Thank You for Your Generosity to Our Local Mission Partners!

    by Maureen Paterson

    The generosity of so many at BRPC continues to be amazing! Thank you to everyone who helped make our special Christmas mission giving opportunities so successful. Due to the overwhelming support of so many we received an additional $1,880.00 to support many of our existing mission partners through our Alternative Giving program. Thank you to […]

    Advent Devotional Booklet for 2017

    by Maureen Paterson

    Once again this year, we have compiled a series of Advent devotions and reflections by our pastors, staff, and church members. We hope this will deepen your faith experience this Advent as we experience again the advent of Christ in our lives. Click to view or download as a pdf file

    Lectionary Reflection: Light Shines in the Darkness

    by Maureen Paterson

    You, Lord shine in the darkness. Yet we skulk in the shadows, hiding in pain. You, Lord shine in the darkness. Yet we cower in the corner, fearful in shame. You, Lord shine in the darkness. Yet we dance with the devil, flirting with sin. You call us forth, your radiant beams of grace, piercing […]

    Lord, Help us Rise

    by Maureen Paterson

    In response to the recent wild-fires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. Lord, in the fire-ravaged forest, in the smoke filled valley, in the pounding rains in the howling wind, in the trembling earth in the rubble filled street, You are there. Lord, in the flooded ruin, in the water logged pile, in the scorched earth, in […]

    Lectionary Reflection: Gathered Together

    by Maureen Paterson

    Your presence among us, a promise made known. The reminder and call, Don’t go it alone. The grace of a friendship, the gift of a prayer. Shared silence in mourning, our burdens to share. Your spirit descending, a peace from above. Forgiveness and mercy, understanding and love. You give us each other, an image of […]

    Weekly Reflection: Out of the Boat

    by Maureen Paterson

    From the shadows of night You call “Come.” From the storms of life You call “Come.” From the center of fear You call “Come.” From the safety of comfort You call “Come.” When we are overwhelmed by darkness Your hand saves. When we are engulfed by terror Your hand saves. When we are submerged by […]

    Weekly Reflection: You Know Me Lord

    by Maureen Paterson

    You know me Lord. My faults and failings, hopes and dreams, worries and concerns. You know me Lord, My past regrets and future fears, my present need. You know me Lord, no thought is hidden, no action unnoticed, no desire unseen. You know me Lord, more than I wish, so I try to hide, run […]

    Our Summer Challenge

    by Maureen Paterson

    This Pentecost, Rev. Maureen challenged us to remain open for the Holy Spirit around us in the world this summer. As we did a few years ago we invite you to make note of these moments when you become aware of the signs and wonders of God – write them on a card and place […]

    Weekly Reflection: Freely You Have Received

    by Maureen Paterson

    Lord, you call to us, to send us out in your name. Your voice stirs our hearts, yet our mind stops us, calling us instead, to plan, prepare, strategize, be sure. We forget you are the one who parts the sea, calms the storm, sends manna from heaven, water from a stone. Lord, you call […]

    Weekly Reflection: Pentecost

    by Maureen Paterson

    In the voice, still and small to calm and call, You come. In the storm and earthquake to wake and shake, You come. Tongues of flame fierce and bright hearts to ignite, You come. Making known your power and grace. inviting awe inspiring praise, You come. Let us open wide the doors of our hearts. […]