Posts by Angie Smith

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.18.19)

by Angie Smith

Over a century ago an Episcopal clergyman and author named Phillips Brooks delivered the Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale. They were one of the most formative influences on my own preaching. (No, I didn’t hear them in person. They were collected into a book.) His pithy but profound definition of preaching was “truth […]

Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.11.19)

by Angie Smith

Every morning I engage in a fairly structured order of prayer. (I know prayer should be spontaneous, like conversation, but this works for me.) And every day I conclude by saying the prayer our Lord taught us to pray, always in the King James English, the way I and most Americans (and Brits) learned it […]

Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.04.19)

by Angie Smith

Earlier this week, as a newly elected US Senator prepared to take office, he wrote an editorial outlining what he thought our country needs today. I won’t cite the article directly since it was understandably political, but twice he said that one of the institutions that we need is strong churches. I would not presume […]

From the Pastor….

by Angie Smith

It’s not uncommon for people at this time of the year, in addition to making resolutions, to compose a mental wish list. As we turn the page of the calendar and think about what the future may hold, we have some, often specific, ways that we would like for it to unfold. You might want […]

Blog from Kristy Engel….

by Angie Smith

One of my “sheroes” is Mother Teresa. I was drawn to her work, her writings and her example long before I had the opportunity to visit India and actually meet people who had trained under her leadership. This January, as you read this letter, in fact, I will be spending some time in India and […]

From the Student Ministry….

by Angie Smith

Who Needs Some Joy? The student ministry has been reflecting and learning about Advent and what the candles in the Advent wreath represent. We have already talked about hope, love, and joy and will end with peace as Christmas arrives and 2018 comes to a close. One of these that has stuck out the most […]

From the Music Ministry…

by Angie Smith

This Is a Day of New Beginnings -Brian Wren, 1978 ©1983, 1987 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone. For by the life and death of Jesus, love’s […]

From the Children’s Ministry…

by Angie Smith

From the Children’s Ministry…. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Here are a few pictures from 2018. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in 2019!

Pastor’s Friday Comments (12.21.18)

by Angie Smith

As I did last week, I share with you the prayer we will be using for the Fourth Sunday of Advent in The Beginning Prayer Service. Join us in praying that these final days of preparation before Christmas will be spent in ways that builds up the body of Christ on earth, the Church. A […]

Pastor’s Friday Comments (12.14.18)

by Angie Smith

Each week in The Beginning, our meditative worship time on Sunday mornings, we offer a prayer that seeks to bring together our needs and desires as they have been brought out in the Scriptures we read together. For the benefit of those of you who are not able to attend that service, I thought I […]