The Pastor’s Collection

Good Grief

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NRSV) Some years ago, I had an eye-opening, heart-opening experience that taught me a lesson about grief that I’ve never forgotten. It happened like this. When I was in the Coast Guard, I had bought myself a wristwatch. It was a Seiko and it cost me...

Our News

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me, all my life, And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. —Psalm 23 Dear Friends, I know many of you have been praying for Pam and me in these last months, and have been waiting for news about Pam’s PET Scan this last...

I Am! Has Sent Me

Exodus 3:13-15 (NRSV) In the play “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim, there’s a wonderful little scene between the two brother princes. The younger brother has met a girl, high in a tower in the woods, with whom he immediately fell desperately in love. Talking with...

Who Do You Say I Am?

Matthew 16:13-20 (NRSV) A few years ago, Pam and I had a wonderful opportunity to go to Italy for a few days with my clergy group through a grant from the Lily Foundation. It ended up being one of the best trips we’ve ever taken, but it didn’t start out that way. Pam...

The Woman at the Well

John 4:1-15 (NRSV) Whenever I do bible study, I like to encourage people to do more than just read the bible. There’s certainly much to be learned by just reading the bible, but there is a great deal more to be learned if we’re willing to do a little background...

Worship Changes

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? —Isaiah 43:19 (RSV) Dear Friends, I don’t know if I’ve shared this with you already, but early on in our pandemic lockdown, I received a cartoon from a colleague that perfectly captures the...

Learning From Loneliness

Matthew 14:13-32 (NRSV) How are you feeling? No seriously. How are you holding up in the midst of everything that’s going on these days? It’s pretty quiet at our house, most of the time. Like a lot of you, Pam and I have been hunkered down at home for months. There’s...

If God is For Us…

Romans 8:28-39 (NRSV) Are you familiar with the artwork of Andrew Wyeth? I don’t think I had ever heard of him before going to Maine. But, like a lot of people, after I moved to Camden, I grew to appreciate his work. It seems to be on display everywhere. He’s...

The Great Companion

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (NRSV) Lord, You have searched me and known me. You are acquainted with all my ways. You lay your hand upon me…. Let me ask you. What kinds of feelings come up for you when you hear that? Do you like the idea? God knows you inside and out, better...

Another Update

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good… His steadfast love endures forever! Out of my distress I called on the Lord… With the Lord on my side I do not fear… —Psalm 118:1, 5, 6 (NRSV) Dear Friends, It’s very unusual, I must say, to be so much on the receiving end of...