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    Introducing Our New Mission Partner: Special Hope

    by Maureen Paterson

    “Special Hope Network is a faith-based, Christian organization called to bear witness to God’s glory through caring for children with intellectual disabilities in Zambia by equipping families and caregivers to provide these children with a loving home, holistic health, and exceptional education and therapies.” —from their website, specialhopenetwork.org

    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. […]

    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 […]