Chance of Fire: High

Chance of Fire: High

If we know Smokey the Bear, we know he implores us: “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”  Fires can be terrifying. Especially when out of control. But, with care and attention, they can keep us alive.  They can be purifying… even regenerative. In our scripture reading this Sunday, Luke 12:49-56, we find out that Jesus[…]

Give & Take

Give & Take

Friends, It was so wonderful to be back in worship with you all, after a restful and renewing time away with the family. Our joyful return was clouded by the news of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. But at such times, there’s honestly no other place I rather be than gathered with the[…]

Summer is here at FPC

Summer is here at FPC

Friends in Faith, Summer is here, and our family is preparing for a vacation for the month of July. But, before we go, I look forward to worship this Sunday, where we’ll unpack the transfer of authority from Elijah to Elisha – and the chariots of fire – in 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14. Speaking of[…]

Who ARE God?

Who ARE God?

Talking about the Triune God poses more than just grammar challenges!  How do we wrap our heads around the powerful mystery that God is One and – at the same time – three, distinct persons: God the Creator, Christ the Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit (whom, we learned last week on Pentecost Sunday, does all[…]

Is your head in the clouds?

Is your head in the clouds?

With all the rain we’ve had lately, you can’t blame a guy for having his sights set on something a little more heavenly.  This Sunday is the 7th Sunday of Easter, also celebrated as Ascension Sunday. It’s the day we remember when Jesus – after having risen from the dead and spent 40 days among the[…]

Going with the Spirit

Going with the Spirit

Last Sunday, we were confronted by the invitation to shift from, “what do I need to do?” to “what is the Spirit doing and how can I join in?”  I look forward to doing discernment around this question with you – in your life and in our church – in the future. In the meantime,[…]

We’re better together.

We’re better together.

I have to confess I was in a slight panic prior to last Sunday’s worship when we didn’t have the usual long list of folks signed up to offer music, poetry, etc. during the service.  Turns out, the handful of lovely musical offerings were more than enough. Because, we decided to round out the service[…]

In full bloom

In full bloom

The dogwoods outside the church on Leonard St. are amazing.  What a glory to see them. Last week, we explored how both friends and enemies of Jesus learned to see him with new eyes after the resurrection. This Sunday, you’re invited to help us enjoy the beauty of a fresh perspective.  If you have flowers[…]