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
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: November 2018- For many people, resisting the urge to be isolated gets harder this time of year as fewer minutes of daylight occur each day and average temperatures decrease. It’s more trouble to leave home and it may seem easier to say “no” to the invitations of friends and church to stay engaged and connected. While it’s healthy to honor our individual… Read More
Notes from the Pastor Notes from the Pastor: October 2018- In order to get to know the congregation, six cottage meetings were held — five in member’s homes and one at church. Conversations at those meetings revealed that members and friends of St. Philip’s like the church a lot. The nearly 50 members and friends said St. Philip’s is a welcoming and friendly church which is the right size with… Read More
Notes from the Pastor From the Pastor: September 2018- Neighbors in Need The Bible tells us that when we show empathy or compassion to strangers in our communities, we are representing Christ (Matthew 25:43-45). The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 7, 2018, supports projects in United Church of Christ congregations and helping organizations throughout the United States, including the national Justice and Witness Ministries… Read More