The Pastor’s Collection

Calling All Men!

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approachin ––Hebrews 10:24-25 Dear Friends, Calling all...

Freedoms and the Four “E” Words

Ephesians 6:10-17 (NRSV) Freedoms and the 4 “E” words In many churches there are two flags….an American flag and a Christian flag.  These flags represent two types of freedoms.  The American flag represents the freedom that allows us to go where we want to go, say...

Kevin’s Email Address Change

*** Email Change Notification *** *** Please begin using revkpleas508@gmail.com to contact me.  *** Dear Friends, I’m writing to let you know that I will no longer be using my old email account. The one I’ve been using for the last four years,...

Among the Saints

Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV) There’s a great old story about a little boy attending Church with his Grandfather one Sunday morning. The church was a big, beautiful, cathedral like building with lots of stained-glass windows, much like ours. Before the service, the boy’s...

A New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NRSV) You may remember that one of the first sermons I preached after coming to this church included the message that I was not, or at least probably not, a “wild-eyed prophet.” If you want a good example of what a wild-eyed prophet looks like...

Persistence

Luke 18:1-8 (NRSV) “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” Did you know that the Bible sometimes makes editorial comments on itself? This parable from Luke is a good example. The story that Jesus told begins with the...

Shadowbound

Psalm 107:1-9 (NRSV) Once upon a time, there was a man who lived in the middle of a desert. Yet, that was not quite true. It would be better to say that he was a prisoner of the desert. You see, somehow and sometime in the past, our friend had acquired the habit of...

My Brother’s Keeper

Genesis 4:1-16 (NRSV) Of all the passages of the Bible I’ve talked about over the years, Cain and Able is one story I haven’t spent a lot of time on. It’s not hard to see why. The story is pretty troubling isn’t it. Able was a shepherd. Cain was a farmer. They went...

Weaving the Fabric of Life

Ephesians 4:11-16 (NRSV) If you’ve read the Stewardship letter we sent out a couple of weeks ago, you’ll already know that, back in February, I happened across an article in the New York Times by David Brooks. The article was called “A Nation of Weavers.” From the...

Telling the Story

I love to tell the story for those who know it best, Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest. And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song, ‘twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long. --“I Love to Tell the Story” --Words by...