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THE CALL TO MINISTRY

03/14/18

All of us are called to ministry. When we decide to follow Christ, we are called to serve others wherever we are. That is the ministry of all believers.   Sometimes, however, God calls persons to serve in the ordained ministry, becoming clergy to serve as a pastor or other ministry specialist.  Genesis now celebrates […]

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There’s Always Room

03/06/18

One of the “joys” in our prayer time last Sunday was “I couldn’t find a parking place”.  What? That’s a joy?   Of course!  To know that so many people are coming to worship is a joy after a few tumultuous years for both Genesis and Snow churches.  Our 9:30 a.m. worship service is clearly […]

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Lame Duck Musings

02/28/18

I’m already hearing persons lovingly referring to me as “lame duck” pastor.  A lame duck is someone who is still in a position but whose successor has already been named.  “Lame” or not, I still have four full months to be your pastor, and I’m excited about the possibilities we have before I try retirement […]

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A Christian Response to Human Need

02/21/18

I believe politics and the church should be separate.  As a pastor and church leader, I will never advocate for a particular politician or political party.  I will do this in my private life, but not in my role in the church.   However, I will advocate for meeting human need, as well as issues […]

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Learning from the Life of Jesus

02/14/18

  Lent begins February 14 and extends until Easter on April 1. During this season, I will be preaching on the theme “Learning from the Life of Jesus.” We know many of the words of Jesus. His teachings rank among the best-known words in all the world, even beyond Christianity.  However, he also taught with […]

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Transition

02/07/18

Recall for a moment a major transition in your life.  It could be a graduation, a wedding, the birth of a loved one, a new job, or moving to a new home.  In each case, most of us are apprehensive about the change, since we leave what is familiar to move into uncharted territory.  Even […]

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Your Pastor Returns

01/30/18

I look forward to being with you again for worship on February 4, and am aware how privileged Ellen and I have been to be able to spend weeks in Florida during January.  I know you have been blessed by the messages and worship leadership of Jay Kalis, Georgia Hale, Susan Gray, Peter Van Dessel […]

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What Would Jonah Do?

01/24/18

What Would Jonah Do?   I think that most of us are familiar with part of the story of Jonah, right?  Jonah tries to run from God and ends up getting thrown into the sea where he is swallowed up by a big fish (whale in some translations).  But do you remember why God gave […]

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My peace I give to you

01/17/18

It’s been quite a week in our world.  I wasn’t sure what I’d write about today, so I took some time to discern this message with other members of the staff.  We talked about the issues of racism, immigration, civil rights, and missile threats.  None of those individually seemed right, so I did the natural […]

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Prayers of Comfort and Strength

01/09/18

Prayers of Comfort and Strength by Rev. Georgia N. Hale Dear friends, As a follow up to our time together this Sunday, I thought I would share this prayer that was written several years ago.  As we look to 2018 and think about how we can be in community and turn towards God, let this […]

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