Tag Archives: PNews

PNews 12/2/21

December 2, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Getting Out of the Way Advent is not merely passively waiting for the Lord’s coming, but actively doing what we can to “prepare him room,” as Isaac Watts so memorably put it in “Joy to the World.” We prepare room …


PNews 11/18/21

November 18, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Table Manners For Christians, participation in the Lord’s Table is an essential feature of an authentic church, something underscored by our Book of Order (F-1.0303). Whether in worship or at mealtime, we need to break bread together. The Lord’s Table …


PNews 11/11/21

November 11, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Waters of Welcome Jesus’ final words to his disciples in Matthew are water words: Go and baptize! We baptize because Jesus told us to. But there’s more. Can Jesus’ diverse interactions with water disclose many other essential things for an …


PNews 11/4/21

November 4, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

For All the Saints Christians trust that death is no more the final word in our story than it was in Jesus’ story. This is why, in our Book of Common Worship, the funeral is called a service of “Witness …


PNews 10/28/21

October 28, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Created, Seen, Loved Loving your neighbor as yourself is not an easy task for any of us. There is a lot of division in the world today. But we should hold nothing above the love of God and the love …


PNews 10/21/21

October 21, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Lenses Where we get our news determines and reinforces many of our political and cultural views. Our media lenses shape our values and our choices of conversation partners more than our scriptural lenses. This raises the basic question of which …


PNews 10/14/21

October 14, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Getting a Hearing The necessity of making our proclamation compelling has never been greater during our lifetime than it is today. More than ever, we need to work diligently to assure both that our message is honestly preached and truly …


PNews 10/7/21

October 7, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Keeping it Honest The Notes of the Reformed church were developed in the Reformation partly as litmus tests of a church’s authenticity. The first of the three Notes, as set forth in the Book of Order, is: “The Word of …


PNews 9/30/21

September 30, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Breathing Again The horror of covid is that it robs its victims of their ability to breathe. The pandemic has created a corporate breathing problem for the church as well. As the church looks ahead to life beyond the pandemic, …


PNews 9/23/21

September 23, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Where are the Kids? In this week’s digital letter, Rev. Brian Wallace (Associate Minister) reflects on the question of why we’re not seeing kids and their families coming back to church. read more >>> Session Minutes Reading Registration is Open! …


PNews 9/16/21

September 16, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A War with no End? Will our battle against Covid ever end? It is a war we did not choose, yet whose consequences we cannot avoid. Yet while God does not promise to give us relief from our struggles, God …


PNews 9/9/21

September 9, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Becoming What We Are Are we ready to be who we truly are, as the church of Jesus Christ? In a time of pandemic, the world needs that from us more than ever. May we rise to the challenge, for …


PNews 9-2-21

September 2, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Going Public Everything about the church is meant for public witness and benefit, to the glory of God. The church exists not for its own sake, but for the sake of the world for which its Lord died. If it …


PNews 8/26/21

August 27, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A Surging New Wave As long as we think of our COVID response in terms of each person’s individual choice (Mask or not? Vaccinate or not?), we miss being the kind of church we are called to be – a …


PNews 8/19/21

August 19, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Preserving Truthfulness Truth, as the Bible teaches it, is found not in conspiracy theories, but in broad daylight. Jesus is the light of the world, not its shadow-master. Can we preserve truthfulness that is teachable and open, as we are …