Notes From the Pastor

Ash Wednesday

This week marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time where we prepare for the death and resurrection of Christ. Lent is the 40-day period that comes before Easter. It parallels the 40 days Christ spent in the desert before His ministry. The business of our lives often demands that we go and do, […]

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Mission

For those of us who have served in leadership positions, we often have mantras that stick with us. For me it has been these two main points: Anything with two heads is a monster. If you don’t know where you are going, you are never going to get there. Mission is critical. It is vital to […]

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Who We Are

When I look in the mirror first thing in the morning, before coffee or make-up or talking, it is a pretty sad site. Swollen bags protrude from under my sleepy eyes and crows-feet announce “Rachel, you are older today than you were yesterday.” I go to the kitchen and sip coffee from my favorite mug that […]

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This Year: A New Year’s Blessing

May this year bring a newness of heart and mind that can only be found in Christ Jesus. May this year bring a peace that passes all understanding and a contentment of soul that penetrates to the very marrow of your being. May this year bring life and light, a light that is inextinguishable; a […]

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The Peace of God

The peace of God is not simply an anti-war mantra or a quietness of soul. Shalom is a peace the says “You are now whole.” It is a wholeness of body, mind, soul, and spirit; a wholeness in the relationship between God and His creation, and the relationship amongst all peoples of the earth. When […]

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Expectations

We all have expectations; a sense of what should be or what is to come. This week my mother is having back surgery. I expect that the surgeon had a formative education, that he knows what he is doing. I expect that my mom will be ok, that her surgery will go well and that […]

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A God of Hope

This picture was taken 4 years ago this week in eastern Ohio. It was early on a Wednesday morning at a little Panera restaurant. I don’t remember what I ate. I wasn’t really hungry. I am sure I had a cup of coffee or two; half dark roast, half hazelnut, because that is my Panera staple. If I […]

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A Thanksgiving Benediction

Go unto all the earth and be thankful  Give thanks to the Lord for He is good He has done great things for us Give Thanks Go unto all the earth and be love Give thanks to the Lord for He is love His faithful love has no end Give Thanks Go unto all the […]

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150 Songs

Have you ever been in the car when that song came on? You know which one. The one that you know by heart; the one that takes you back to a that place in time you remember so well. It is almost like you can smell the air, see the surroundings. Every time I hear “Unforgettable” I go back to […]

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Prayer

This morning I read from Streams in the Desert.  It was a beautiful reminder for me.  I pray it will be the same for you. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he […]

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