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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Alone!?

Jan and I have been watching episodes of “Alone” on the History channel during these days of ‘sheltering at home’.   Our experience is not even close to the survivalists who agree to live alone – completely alone – in a remote and desolate environment with...
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Challenges +++ Wisdom +++ Constancy

Peter Drucker and ‘management’ are synonymous.  Long recognized as the “father of modern management” a Forbes magazine cover story called him “the most perceptive observer of the American scene since Alexis deTocqueville.”  The following nine points emerged (out of...
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