Pastor's Blog

December 21, 2019

It always feels good to be invited!  You may have been invited to a Christmas party at work or school or even to a neighbor’s home.   On the other hand, if we haven’t been invited to a special occasion like this, it can also be discouraging.  We can all think of times when we didn’tfeel included, invited, or welcomed.  If you happen to be the one throwing a party this year, there is also the pressure of figuring out whoyou are going to invite.  You may not get along personally with someone that you know you should invite.  On the other hand, you may not want to attend a party where that difficult person is certainto be present.  Of course, simply because we get an invitation does not mean we are able to attend.  The party may not be scheduled when we can make it. There are inevitable schedule conflicts, and during this season we can feel overly busy and tired of all the social occasions.  Going to a Christmas party may be the last thing we want to do....

November 23, 2019

Today, November 22, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoodopens to screens nationwide, a tribute to the life and work of Fred Rogers, played by actor Tom Hanks.  We Presbyterians are very proud to be associated with this particular pastor.   The Presbyterian Historical society celebrates the impact of this uniquely gifted child of God:

Fred Rogers grew up in western Pennsylvania in the town of Latrobe, where he attended Latrobe Presbyterian Church. As a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he majored in music composition, he had his first encounter with television, and was appalled by the children’s programs he saw. He thought, “Children deserve better.”   In 1953, he was invited by WQED in Pittsburgh, the nation’s first community-supported public television station, to co-produce a daily program called The Children’s Corner. The experience convinced him he had a future in children’s television.” https://www.history.pcusa.org/blog/remember...

November 23, 2019

This weekend, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opens to screens nationwide, a tribute to the life and work of Fred Rogers, played by actor Tom Hanks.  We Presbyterians are very proud to be associated with this particular pastor.   The Presbyterian Historical Society celebrates the impact of this uniquely gifted child of God:

Fred Rogers grew up in western Pennsylvania in the town of Latrobe, where he attended Latrobe Presbyterian Church. As a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he majored in music composition, he had his first encounter with television, and was appalled by the children’s programs he saw. He thought, “Children deserve better.”   In 1953, he was invited by WQED in Pittsburgh, the nation’s first community-supported public television station, to co-produce a daily program called The Children’s Corner. The experience convinced him he had a future in children’s television.  https://www.history.pcusa.org/blog/remember...

October 26, 2019

There are parts of the Bible that read something like a sci-fi horror movie.  I remember at the age of 12, reading this description of the beast, rising out of the water in Revelation 13 and how scary it sounded at the time.   It turns out this is just one of the monsters in the Bible and, given the time of year, it seems appropriate to reflect on those monsters and the power we give them in our lives.  Take the Book of Job, where we hear about Leviathan, a giant sea creature, a fire-breathing serpent who appears in the Psalms as well.  “Comets pour out of his mouth, fireworks arc and branch.  Smoke erupts from his nostrils like steam from a boiling pot…flames of fire stream from his mouth….king of the ocean, king of the deep,” (Job 41, The Message).    

Then there’s the prophet Daniel who had a seriously bad dream one night when he saw a terrible monster with wings and four heads…a grisly horror [with] huge...

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