Pastor’s Blog

A Response to Violence

Beloved, The past days have brought distressing news. Many of us gathered in solidarity and worship yesterday morning and will keep doing so every Sunday as we yearn for peace, justice, and kindness in this broken yet beloved world. In light of the mass murder at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, I encourage you to reach out to…

A Letter from the Pastor November, 2018

Beloved, As we approach this Thanksgiving season, I have been praying about the word “appreciation.” Hearts filled with appreciation move quickly and easily to thanksgiving and it spreads within communities. As Voltaire wrote: “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” In church revitalization there is…

Season of Creation

On Sunday, September 9th, I shared a message entitled, Gathered for Goodness. It’s the first in a new season we’re trying out at First Church – the Season of Creation. Starting with that Sunday, and covering the next few weeks, we will be coming together for the Season of Creation. It’s celebrated annually by tens…

A Letter from the Pastor – April 2018

Beloved, As we enter the holiest week on the Christian calendar, I am struck by the thought that we are presented not only with one of the greatest themes of hope born out of the worst and most impossible of circumstances, but that the account – the entire narrative – is based on relationship. Had Jesus sequestered himself, we would have no…

The Passing of the Peace

You may have noticed that on Communion Sundays we’ve begun to “pass the peace” with one another. I thought it might be helpful to give a little background and context to this practice of turning to those around you at church and exchanging some variation of the words “Christ’s peace be with you” and responding with something like: “And also with you.”…

A letter from the Pastor … March 2018

Beloved, Seeking to capture the poetry of the original Hebrew, Everett Fox’s translation of Genesis beautifully captures the chaos that reigned before God breathed the Word that would begin to bring a sense of order to the earth: At the beginning of God’s creating of the heavens and earth, when the earth was wild and waste, darkness over the face of Ocean,…

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…