Dear Parish Family, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19, 21, 26 In troubled times we need to hear these words of the risen Christ. The disciples had scattered in fear. Peter had denied he ever knew Jesus because he was afraid. Mary and John had witnessed the horror of the crucifixion close enough to … [Read more…]
LENT 2019 Dear Parish Family, “… blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.” Matthew 13:16 Throughout the Sundays of Epiphany we have looked at how God made the message of salvation manifest to the world. We began with God’s sign in the star which lead … [Read more…]
CHRISTMAS 2018 Dear Parish Family, “This will be a sign for you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 Why a baby? Doing it that way it took 30 years to begin to get to the message out and 3 years of ministry to arrive … [Read more…]
ADVENT 2018 Dear Parish Family The message of Advent has always been a call to prepare. To prepare oneself for the journey of faith by knowing personally the scriptures. Not just the pastoral happy bits but the whole dynamic truth. Including the passages which challenge your assumptions. To strengthen one’s prayer life as a … [Read more…]
Don’t miss this year’s Christmas Bazaar. Mark it on your calendars and come early so you do not miss out on our famous meat pies.
Harvest Home 2018 Dear Parish Family, Harvest Home, like so many pastoral focused celebrations, no longer holds the meaning it once did. Thanksgiving, an American celebration we adopted, has overshadowed it. In some respects, for me, this is like reading the last chapter of a book. Yes, you get the author’s point but lose … [Read more…]
EASTER 2018 Dear Parish Family, I am writing this Easter Pastoral in the midst of Lent, so forgive me if I talk about temptation. Temptation to just skip to the happy parts of the Gospel message. The temptation you face when you pick up a book and just read the last chapter. Why wade … [Read more…]
LENT 2018 Dear Parish Family Myth: Lent is forty days long Fact: It is more than forty days because Sundays do not count. Myth: Lent is about giving something up. Fact: It is a time of discipline. Taking on something in a disciplined fashion in … [Read more…]