Pastor Sam

Nature’s Community

Springtime Greetings Dear People of Bethlehem, Like most people, I tend to associate spring with nature – budding flowers, new stems shooting up from previously snow-covered plots (my Midwestern roots still clearly have an influence), and the glorious green of new growth.  I recently learned something interesting about plant behavior, specifically about how trees communicate …

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Business as Usual?

Summer Blessings Bethlehem! As the world has continued to open up over the past several weeks I have found my response to it all to be very interesting.  At certain times, I find that I can basically pretend that the past 15 months never happened, and slip right back into “business as usual” without so …

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God is not Done

Thursday, April 22nd marked Earth Day.  A day to give thanks for the world in which we live.  A day to marvel at the beauty and complexity of nature – its resilience and fragility, its splendor and vastness.  In the first chapter of Genesis, we hear of God’s labor pains in the creation of our …

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God by Our Side

Easter Blessings Dear People of Bethlehem, This will now be our second COVID-19 Holy Week.  In many ways it feels very familiar, and in others it still feels incredibly foreign.  After a year spent in the midst of the pandemic and lockdown and quarantine, we each arrive at this Easter with very different lived experiences.  …

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Loving the Rain

I love the rain.  It brings back so many happy memories from my childhood, especially of when I was in high school.  We used to play mud football, go mud sliding on the hill behind the high school, play mini golf on deserted, half-flooded courses.  One memory in particular stands out among the rest.  It …

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