A Message from Pastor John

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always...
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Farewell to Nadine!

As time moves on, does patience wear thin??Two thoughts for the week – “Food for Thought” from a favorite poet, Dom Heldera Camara. A note about this Sunday, July 26. We will be honoring Nadine Anderson with a recognition of her retirement.  Nadine’s retirement letter...
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Keeping in Touch — A Message from Pastor

There’s something about the phrase “Social Distance” that I don’t like.‘Physical Distance’ yes! For health & safety. ‘Socially’? It’s what we’re made of, and made for – relationship! So…even while we’re not able to ‘socialize’ and kibbutz over coffee, or socialize at ‘Hand ‘n...
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Singing the Blues” or “Songs of Hope”?

Both!!    I’ve always maintained that “the Blues” , as  musical genre,  is a “Lament”.   Out of the depths…grievances, broken-heartedness, pain, oppression… are born into song.  Sometimes we just need to cry out in grief and anger.   (Psalm 62, Psalm 130, Psalm 137.)   I...
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A 4th of July message from Pastor John

Members of Grace, You may be reading this before the day arrives, but no matter where we live, Independence Day 2020, will be different from any other. July 4th is the true midpoint of the year, the start of high summer, perhaps the most American of our holidays, a...
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Dear People of Grace

June 10, 2020 Dear People of Grace, Sunday last, June 7, 2020, we reopened for worship.  At the 10am service, 63 people entered the Sanctuary.  Well below the 25% capacity metric.  25% is applied to “Phase 1”.  The Governor declared “Phase 2” to be in effect...
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Dear People of Grace

Dear People of Grace, As I said in a sermon 2 weeks ago “I pray for you”.  Yes, I pray for you, for Grace, and the people of Grace.  I also pray for our land, our nation, our communities and our society. Harm and trouble seem to be all around, while danger is lurking at...
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Reopen – What’s my line?

June 3, 2020 Reopen   –   “What’s my line?”      There’s an old, old….say it again OLD!…game show that ran for 20 years, in which the panelists tried to guess the occupation of the “mystery guest”. ...
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The Church

Friday the 13th! It was Friday, March 13th, that we made the call to suspend worship because Corona Virus #19 had entered our world.  That was 12 Sundays ago.  How our experience of living in the world has changed in these past 12 weeks! On the one hand – caution,...
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