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Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.25.19)

by Angie Smith

Soon our church website  will have a new format. You may not see a lot of difference in its appearance, but it will be a little easier to navigate and the announcements of current events will be more prominent. However, one of the elements from our current site that we decided to keep is an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pastor’s Friday Comments (12.07.18)

by Angie Smith

Most Christian families include one or more Nativity Scenes among their Christmas decorations. One of my personal favorites was given to us many years ago by a dear friend. It has always fallen to me to put out all the pieces — there are thirty of them — and it takes all the dexterity of […]

Pastor’s Friday Comments (11.30.18)

by Angie Smith

I suspect most rituals don’t start out as such. They’re just something you do, then you do them again, and eventually it’s hard to see not doing them. A few years ago, on the First Sunday of Advent, during the Hanging of the Greens, I walked around the sanctuary with the children, explaining the background […]

Pastor’s Friday Comments (11.23.18)

by Angie Smith

Today is Black Friday. Ready, set, go! Does it seem to you that this thing of giving Christmas gifts has gotten a little out of hand? I don’t want to sound like a Grinch, but it feels like the expectation of giving a gift to everyone with whom you have any contact has gotten stronger […]

Pastor’s Friday Comments (11.16.18)

by Angie Smith

Last week I spent a few days away in a secluded place, mainly to prepare a preaching plan for the next Christian year, but also to have some time to reconnect with why I do what I do as a minister. Even if you don’t have a goal of producing something — perhaps especially if […]