Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: August 2019- In the Bible, in his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul names what he calls: spiritual gifts. “… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23a NIV) How often do you think about the personal qualities God has given you? The list of spiritual gifts in Paul’s letter to… Read More
face in hands Solution to a Discomforting Prayer- Awareness developed studying psychology has recently prompted me to notice a need to cause others to tell me how good I am. This triggered a search for self-validation strategies. I found a few good ones, the best of which involve three elements. Put a hand on chest Take a few deep cleansing breaths Think a comforting word or phrase A… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: July 2019- When Jesus told His disciples to love one another, he did not make this command conditional upon how much those others agree with us. The joy and power of the church has always crossed opinion boundaries as well as geographic and generational ones. The best future of the church depends on us continuing this excellent trend. An issue of Psychology… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: June 2019- Heaven on Earth Do you ever think of heaven? You may have two sets of questions: Not only What is heaven like? But also ... What is the reason for the whole idea? If you were to describe how you think heaven is or how you would like heaven to be, what would you say? For me, heaven will be… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: May 2019- Prayer One way to think about Prayer is as communication with God. You can sit quietly and think in words toward God anything you would say to a friend. You might have a request or concern, anything at all. Prayer can also go beyond words. Once, when Jesus talked about prayer (right after listing ways not to pray) he gave… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: April 2019- Pilgrimage, Resurrection, and Your Life Story A member of the Men’s Fellowship at a church I pastored a few years ago insisted that I get the young men to join. I told him that wasn’t going to happen. He persisted and after numerous such requests, we planned a listening session over breakfast in which the older men would be quiet… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: March 2019- Pilgrimage – A Lenten Journey for Spiritual Uplift! Britannica.com says that a pilgrimage is a journey undertaken for a religious motive; usually toward a place associated with God or other holy connection. All major world religions advocate them and millions of people recommend them. This year, for the season of Lent (March 6th through Easter, April 21st) we will enter… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: February 2019- Dear St. Philip’s United Church of Christ; Thank you for your generous ongoing participation and support of your church and your commitment for the coming year! Because of you, mission and ministry has happened and will continue to be provided for 100s of members, friends, acquaintances, our wider early childhood center families and people around St. Louis, our nation and… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: January 2019- Caring for Others A most prevalent value all the people and organizations I have gotten to know since my start here is the centrality of a mission consciousness! We are Christian and following Jesus means to us, among other things, that we care for our community and world as well as our loved ones and fellow church members. When we give to Our Church’s Wider… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: December 2018- Advent An Advent wreath with Advent candles is a tradition that helps Christians focus attention on the coming of the Christ at Bethlehem and at the close of history. As Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year, this season also begins the retelling of the biblical stories of the life of Jesus on earth in physical form. This next… Read More