“Looking Back, Leaning Forward” 

“Looking Back, Leaning Forward”   Psalm 20:4  Colossians 3:9-11 Colossians 3:17  (NIV) How to begin a New Year as people of faith? Let’s use the upcoming Superbowl as an example. On February 2nd the culmination of years of preparation and conditioning will bring the...

Christmas Eve, 2019

Christmas Eve, 2019 We know the Christmas story so well. Jesus is born in among farm animals. One commentator suggests that this might not be as bad as is traditionally interpreted. This was probably the warmest place in the house. But I don’t know, having grown up on...

Light and Love

Light and Love John 1:1 and Matthew 2:1-6 & 10 Yesterday, December 21st, was the longest night in the Northern hemisphere. From today, the darkness begins to recede. How appropriate this natural phenomenon plays into our Advent and Christmas story. Our Conference...

Do You Believe in Angels?

Do You Believe in Angels? Ps 91, Luke 2:10-12 When Henza and I were in high school together, the pop group, ABBA, was all the rave. One of their songs goes like this; I have a dream, a song to sing To help me cope with anything If you see the wonder of a fairy tale...

“The Words of the Prophets Are Written…” 

“The Words of the Prophets Are Written…”   (from Simon and Garfunkel) Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 A small town in upstate NY had four churches – Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic and a United Church of Christ congregation. All four had a serious problem with squirrels...

“Give Thanks, Live Life, and Release”

“Give Thanks, Live Life, and Release”*           Anton DeWet *from the song, Give Thanks, Live Life, and Release, by Public Enemy Psalm 65 (The Message alt) When we arrived in the US some people were surprised to learn that Thanksgiving was not celebrated in South...