Brrrrr!

Dear Church, People can be so different. Some do really strange things.  Coming home tonight, with the waves rolling in wild and strong against the shore, I saw a herd of cars pulled in along Lynnshore drive, surf boards strapped on top.  A group of young men were getting ready to go in the water.  It was 30

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The work of the people

Dear Church, You may want to grab a cup of coffee before starting to read this email. You might need the boost of caffeine and/or sugar to get to the end of it. What a wonderful week we had!  The wedding of John and Linda as an integrated part of our regular Sunday worship service

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Ministry Retreat Materials

On Sat Feb 11, we held a retreat on the topic of our life in ministry together for the Church Council and members of our ministry teams.  About 20 people participated    I am very thankful for the wisdom, grace and spirit shared in the room that day. I led the discussion, beginning with some bible study. The slides I used

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Cold Comfort

Dear Church, Well, the International Food Fair came and the International Food Fair went, and barely a crumb was left behind.  Except! … for some really yummy Scotch broth and fine scones from the British Isles left in the fridge with my name on them!  Some fine Celtic saints of the church remembered their wayward and absent pastor.  Next

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Fair Day

Dear Church, How did that Julie Andrews song go .. the one where she was a German governess? … “The hills are alive with the sounds of a Food Fair.”  (Well, she could have used those words I suppose.)  Clarke Hall is resplendent in covered tables, piles of silent auction treasures, and clip boards ready

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Angels and Demons

Dear Church, I hope you were able to enjoy the brief tease of spring on Tuesday.  It was a beautiful day. People were walking along the seashore without a coat. At 55 degrees (plus or minus) it was as warm as an early summer’s day in Ireland (well, that might be a bit of an

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Idol Worship!

Dear Church, The Old Testament is quite clear and unambiguous – idol-worship is a very bad thing – the second commandment (Ex 20:4closeExodus 20:4 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the

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Send me a sign

Dear Church, “O Lord, send me a sign, please send me a sign.”  This is the prayer I uttered, muttered, and pleaded this week as I struggled with my sermon preparation for Sunday.   And God answered my prayer, but the answer was not exactly what I had in mind.  A sign did show up.   It is about 10 feet long

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Santa Claus?

Dear Church, I believe in Santa Claus.  Really.  I do!   But I have been reflecting on how my belief has changed since I was 3 years old.  I suppose the biggest changes for me have come in his external appearance.  He sure has changed over the years, or perhaps I am the one who has

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