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    Reflection:Do You See?

    by Maureen Paterson

    Do you see? Do you see the hurt in the eyes, pain in the soul, fear in the heart? Do you see? Do you see the hunger for love, search for peace, ache to belong? Do you see? Do you see beyond sins of the past, judgements pronounced, anger and blame. Do you see? Do […]

    Lenten Reflection: Come Follow Me

    by Maureen Paterson

    Come and follow, Come, you say. Not now, Lord, not today. Really Lord? You want me? Right now Lord? How can that be? Let me first make a plan, think it through, You understand? I’m not so sure it’s for the best, I’m not so sure I’ll pass the test. Lord, I think it would […]

    Lenten Reflection: Invitation to Lent

    by Maureen Paterson

    Dust made real with divine breath. Creation awakened alive in You. Newborn cries announcing hope. Toddler squeals proclaiming joy. Teenage sighs wrestling purpose. Dust made real with divine breath. Groans of lament dashed hopes and dreams. Gasps of delight hearts joined fulfilled. Silent tears loss too great for words. Dust made real with divine breath. […]

    Historical Focus for December—Looking Forward in Faith

    by Rev. Dennis Jones

    As this tricentennial year of celebration draws to a close, we pause to give heartfelt thanks to all those who so generously gave of their leadership, love, and creativity during this joyous year of remembrance and renewal. I especially want to express gratitude to Bill Emmitt, Kris Emmitt and George Fricke who served so faithfully […]

    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 […]

    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 […]