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Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastors Pondering

I was away last Sunday. Wanda and I traveled to be with members of her extended family in Cleveland, Ohio. While we were away, we went to visit a United Methodist Church that we regularly drive by when staying with family. It isn’t very often that I get to sit with my...

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Pastor Pondering

Last Sunday we sang a hymn called “Lord God, Your Love Has Called Us Here.” The words are by Brian Wren, an English hymn writer and author who has been influential in raising the awareness of theology in hymns. This hymn was written in 1973 and speaks about the ways...

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Pastors Pondering

To love the way Jesus loves involves pouring yourself out for real people with all their quirks, faults, smells, and needs. Take that harried young mother in the doctor’s waiting room. Perhaps loving her as you love yourself means offering to watch the toddler while...

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Pastors Pondering

On January 19, Rev. David Cooney preached a sermon that started us on a new sermon series based on the book, Reckless Love: Jesus Call to Love Our Neighbors by Tom Berlin. Some of you have asked about the book. It was printed by Abingdon Press last year and is...

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Pastors Pondering

One of the most depressing times of the year, for me, is the weeks that follow after Christmas. The decorations in the house come down. The lights in the neighborhood are turned off and put away. There is no big day to look forward to being with loved ones and...

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Pastors Pondering

Last Friday, the Council of Bishops the United Methodist Church released a statement to the churches and the media. A proposal has been put forward by a select group of people representing various interests within the United Methodist Church called the “Protocol of...

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Pastor Pondering

We tend to think that Christmas is particularly meaningful for children. Certainly, children look forward to the holiday with excitement and anticipation. They enjoy the sweets and cookies, the twinkling lights, and the gifts under the tree. Its children, not adults...

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Pastors Pondering

Here are some words to consider as you share with others on Thanksgiving Day. “Thanksgiving Song”   by  Mary Chapin Carpenter Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table. From far and near we travel home, Blessed that we are able. Grateful for this...

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This week we are wrapping up the intensive portion of the Renew and Rejoice Capital Campaign. I want to offer a word of heartfelt thanks to those who offered their time and talent to make this campaign happen. It’s been a big effort and these volunteers have made a...

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Pastors Pondering

I took a few days off last week and headed for the hills of West Virginia. The leaves were still lovely hues of orange and yellow as they hung on the trees. I visited Dolly Sods Wilderness, about three hours west of Frederick. I took my backpack and some food and...

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Verse of the Day

“For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” — Romans 13:9-10 Listen to chapter The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV® Text Edition: 2016) Copyright ©2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Powered by BibleGateway.com.