Pastor’s Blog

Women’s March on Washington

Waking up in the middle of the night, showering and dressing quietly so as not to wake the rest of my household, I tiptoed onto the porch to wait in the unseasonably warm damp until I saw Sarah’s lights winking up the road as her car navigated the slick dips of the bricked street. On…

Make the Story Yours!

Hello friends, I’m sorry that this picture isn’t great — we were all too busy getting into the story to plan good pics! But I hope it manages to convey what a great time we had last year at First Church’s first Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant. I hope you will join us this coming Sunday morning…

Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer

Heavenly Father/Mother, on Thanksgiving Day we bow our hearts to you and pray. We give you thanks for all you’ve done especially for the gift of Jesus, your Son. For beauty in nature, your glory we see for joy and health, friends and family, for daily provision, your mercy and care these are the blessings…

Advent Begins

The Season of Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar each year and begins on Sunday, November 27, this year. The Latin word “advent” means arrival or appearance, the coming of something or someone. Each year Christians set aside four weeks as we anticipate and prepare for Christmas, our celebration of Christ’s coming into…

On days when things scare us

Today Deborah Anderson, a church member who works with me in the church office, shared this helpful prayer: Prayer for Protection The Light of God surrounds me. The Love of God enfolds me. The Power of God protects me. The Presence of God watches over me. The Mind of God guides me. The Life of…

Praying our way to the booth

Gracious God, we are blessed to live in a democracy where each citizen has the opportunity and the responsibility to participate in our decision-making processes. Our faith belongs in the voting booth as well as in the sanctuary! Justice-Seeking God, we know that our policymakers impact our lives: they have power to ensure that all…

Our Faith, Our Vote, Our Voice

In these final two weeks before election day, the rhetoric and the tension mount. Perhaps more so this election cycle than ever before. So today, more than ever, I believe that we, as people of faith, need to let our voices be heard. Voices that call for equality, truth, justice, and compassion. Scripture and our tradition…

Praying with Orlando, no, more than prayer!

Dear friends, These past few days we have experienced waves of emotion – disbelief, horror, shock, sadness, fear, revulsion, numbness, and more – in the face of the worst mass shooting in United States history. In the early hours of Sunday morning 49 people were murdered another 53 were injured at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. Pride is Vitally Important…