Pastors' Corner

Pastors Corner2018-09-01T20:59:58-07:00

“They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”

Easter Blessings Bethlehem, I would first like to thank you all for making this year's Holy Week such an amazing experience. Your willingness to embrace the new aspects of worship that were introduced, your excitement around time honored traditions that we have, and the intentionality with which you engaged all of our worship services truly made the journey from table to cross to empty tomb a blessed one. I'd like to share something that I've been mulling over for a little while now. Two weeks before Easter Sunday I had the great honor of officiating the wedding of one of my

By |May 3rd, 2019|

Blessed Season of Pentacost

Dear people of Bethlehem, Blessed season of Pentecost to you all.  This is a time when we feel a new wind blowing in the air and blowing through the church.  Summer is before us with less scheduled days and time to rest and travel and reinvigorate our spirits.  In the church, it is a time of kindled fire and new Spirit and a renewed commitment to be church in the world in ways that make a difference. At Bethlehem, I have felt it.  I felt it on Sunday, at our annual choir concert and talent show.  Our children sang, like nothing I have ever seen.   Fearlessly, boys

By |May 1st, 2019|

“My Life Flows On in Endless Song”

Dear members and friends of Bethlehem, We stand, at this moment, between Lent and Easter and I am not finding it a comfortable place this year. We have had two recent funerals in the congregation that have taken our hearts. I have had several very personal losses as well. A friend of mine in a recent medical crisis commented, "I have missed all of Lent, I haven't been to a single Lenten service." My response to her was, "I don't think you have missed Lent at all. You are living it." Sometimes it is like that.   Sometimes the world overwhelms. The

By |April 8th, 2019|

“What Are You Giving Up For Lent This Year”

Dear Bethlehem, "What are you giving up for Lent this year?" It's become a common phrase in our society, even among those who do not regularly attend a worship service of any kind. Lent has embedded itself in our collective conscience as a season of solemn sobriety, of restraint, of self-denial. People treat it almost like a workout regimen, or a life style challenge - 40 Days to a Newer and Better You! People give up chocolate, or Facebook, or soda. All good life choices, but are they really getting at the heart of the season? Don't get me wrong, I'm

By |March 21st, 2019|

“Every Moment Matters, Including This One”

Dear people of Bethlehem, I saw a sign today that read, “Every moment matters, including this one.”  How true.  Time is precious and the grace we are offered in every moment, and how we use those moments, even more precious.  I was reminded of that, in a very personal way this week.  A member of our congregation, Donna Hackett, died this week.  She is young, she left young children, and I have known her since she was a girl herself.  As the sun set that day, I looked out my office window at the striking colors of the sky, and thought

By |February 1st, 2019|

Planting Seeds of Hope for the New Year

New Year's Blessings Bethlehem, I would like to start this Newsletter article with a sincere and heartfelt thank you. I was absolutely blown away by the generosity of your Christmas gift. Thank you all so much. I would also like to thank you all for a truly wonderful Christmas season. Our worship services were packed; filled not only with people, but with joy and love and laughter. It was such a blessing to be a part of. New Year's is always an odd time. A time where we stand upon a threshold, simultaneously looking forward and looking back. Looking forward can

By |January 4th, 2019|