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    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 […]

    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. […]

    Weekly Reflection: Worries

    by Maureen Paterson

    In the quiet of the night, the anxieties of our lives, loom large. Casting shadows of fear, worry, despair, chasing away the peace and rest of sleep. The daily struggles become nightly torments, a never-ending film played in our mind’s eye. The ‘what ifs’ of life gain power and control, drowning out the peace and […]

    Weekly Reflection: Abide in Me

    by Maureen Paterson

    Distracted by sounds and sights, overwhelmed by demands and worries, tempted by desires and wants, we bear the fruit of our own lives. Fruits of jealousy, pride, selfishness. Seeking approval from a world far removed from You, we stumble and fall. Find ourselves, uprooted, alone, humbled. Lost in our own world, withering without your presence. […]