Monthly Archives: January 2014

Breathing Together

Today, as a refrain for the pastoral prayer, the congregation sang together the refrain to “It Is Well with My Soul.”  Horatio Spafford wrote the hymn in 1873 not long after his four daughters died in a shipwreck.  Philip Bliss … Continue reading

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Sermon: “God Is MY Light” (January 26, 2014)

Shortly after 9/11, a few of us attended a Cobb County Zoning Board meeting.  We were there to get a variance so we could build our sign out by the road.  It was the first meeting after the terrorist attacks; … Continue reading

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“Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”  We say those words every week, but we rarely stop to ask:  “So, where ARE you on life’s journey?”  So, here goes.  Where are you on life’s journey, your spiritual … Continue reading

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Sabbatical! The trip to Ireland

Folks are starting to get curious about my sabbatical…which begins four months, 13 days from now (but who’s counting?)!  As I’m able, I’ll fill you in on what I’ll be doing during sabbatical.  To learn what the CHURCH (Pilgrimage United … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Living Baptism” (January 12, 2014)

On the second Sunday of January each year, we hear a different Gospel writer’s take on Jesus’ baptism.  This year, it’s Matthew’s turn. Unique to Matthew’s version is this little dance that goes on between Jesus and John the Baptist.  … Continue reading

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Boy, was I hungry!

I returned to church today after being away for a week and a half.  I–like many pastors–take the Sunday after Christmas off.  It was great to spend time with family and to rest a little from the Christmas Eve madness, I … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Testimonies of Light” (January 5, 2014)

            Any guesses as to today’s theme?  Yes!  Light.  From the brightness of the star that led the wise men to Jesus… to the brilliance of the heavenly host celebrating Jesus’ birth… to John’s fixation on it … light shines … Continue reading

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