Being Peace

Isaiah 58:5-12 & Matthew 5:9 One of the strangest stories to come out of World War II is about two young men who were captured by the Americans in Germany near the end of the war. They were shipped to a POW camp in the U.S., but all attempts to communicate with...

Hallsville School Lunch

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. First John 4:7 (NRSV) Dear Friends, I have to tell you, I am very impressed with our church. All of the churches I’ve been blessed to serve have been...

A Father’s Blessing

Genesis 27:1-29 (NRSV) This is a very curious story. It is one of the more ancient stories in our tradition, very likely told around campfires for many generations before it was ever committed to paper. Abraham, the first patriarch, traveled from Ur of the Chaldees at...

Our New Good Samaritans

A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn,...

Sing Praise to God

Psalm 8 (NRSV) It’s always nice to have a chance to celebrate our music program at the end of a church year. Much like we celebrated our children, Betsy and the teachers and volunteers of our children’s programs last week, today we get a chance to celebrate those who...