From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: August 2020 - Evidence-based Action Needed St. Louis County is not seeing a rise in deaths from COVID-19 (as I write this article on July 15, 2020) like many states and the United States as a whole are experiencing. This is likely because most people here have been practicing the evidence-based actions needed to keep us safer and healthier. Dr. Alex Garza of… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: June 2020 - God’s Word in the Desert Do you miss connecting with the people of St. Philip’s Church in person? I do. The welcome, joy, mission and purpose when we’re together is contagious and uplifting. But right now, the ways we have to connect are less than they used to be. How can we stay close to God and each other? The… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: May 2020 - What Would Jesus Do? Talking to a colleague about my experience at the grocery store, I bragged that they have set up one-way aisles, separate entry and exit doors, breath barriers, marks on the floor at cash registers, and so on. He said his grocery did not have those things. While thinking about the seating in our sanctuary for worship,… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: April 2020 - “They found the stone rolled away from the tomb.” Luke 24:2 Church leaders from our sister churches around the state and nation (following political leaders' more general orders) have recommended that we suspend in person worship and move instead to gathering virtually on screens and speakers. Projections show that prudent safety may mean doing this for some time to come,… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: March 2020 - Two Baptisms on March 29! And a tour of a mission partner! Jesus told his disciples to “...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey.” Matthew 28:19-20 The sacrament of Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. The water we… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: February 2020 - Scout Sunday Many of us at St. Philip’s have been a part of the Scout movement started by social worker Robert Baden-Powell on January 24, 1908. In an attempt to lift the quality of life for people and emphasize the importance of morality and good deeds, the program has had a positive influence on millions. There are 12 principles a… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: January 2020 - Solutions People often seek real help for what they are going through in their lives. Sometimes we find it helpful to hear, not only what works for a particular problem, but why, and how to find out, so we can use the same strategy for another circumstance, when a new problem comes along. In the Gospel of John, Jesus told… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: December 2019 - Music is a favorite part, for many, of what we do together as church! I believe that all God’s children can and should sing. It makes us breathe well and feel good while inspiring us with words that lift us up. “Make a joyful noise!” Psalm 100 St. Philip’s United Church sings well, but as a reminder to keep doing… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: November 2019 - For me, when children come to church on Sunday and Wednesday, and special events — it is so much fun! Watching them and imagining the world through their eyes inspires me to see anew. I love hearing what they have to say, watching them interact with each other and older members, too. But there are challenges that come with this… Read More
military seek help Moral Injury Treatment Saves Lives! - When we violate our core moral foundations or are exposed to a great evil, our identity is derailed. Guilt, anxiety and suicidal thoughts can follow. Read More