Coffee, Conversation, and a Name!
A few days ago, I met with Terry Taber at the Starbucks on Long Pond Road. Earlier in the day, he had asked if we could get together, as he wanted to update me on the search for a new lead pastor for Pearce. Somehow a local Starbucks struck me as a fit setting for our conversation!
I confess that I drove to the appointment with a bit of anxiety. After all, I care deeply about this community of faith and have been praying, as you have, that the Lord would provide the right individual to lead Pearce.
As Terry shared with me the name of my successor, I immediately felt a sense of peace. I have known this individual for more than thirty years, and know him to be a godly and gifted servant of the Kingdom. (more…)
Dr. McCown Bats Clean-Up
Our first sermon series for the summer comes to a close this weekend, with a look at the final chapter of Peter’s first letter to Christians who found themselves “Uprooted and Displaced” in remote areas of Asia Minor (present day Turkey).
Dr. Wayne McCown, the founding dean of Northeastern Seminary, has graciously agreed to preach the final sermon in this series. His message, “When Trials Come, What Then?” will be an encouragement to you. Hope you’ll join us at 5pm on Saturday or 10:30am on Sunday.
Honored to Wear the Shirt
This morning as I arrived at Pearce, I was greeted in the atrium by our stellar quiz team. They presented me with a t-shirt they designed to celebrate their study this year in GEPCP. Do you know what GEPCP is? I didn’t! It is an acronym for the books they have been studying this year: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.
Isn’t this a wonderful group of young people? I hope you are proud of them and their diligence in learning the Word of God! (more…)
Blankets of Prayer
I hope you’ll join us for the second in our series of special prayer services this summer at Pearce. Bring your blanket or camp chair for an outdoor time of song and prayer at 7pm on Wednesday, July 19. We’ll gather on our green space on the west side of Orchard Street.
When we gathered in Parmerter last month, our focus was on prayers of gratitude for God’s faithfulness to our church over its history. This prayer time will center on prayers for each other and what God is doing in our lives right now! (more…)
This Weekend at Pearce
“Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, disappointment, and death will be part of your journey,” Brennan Manning acknowledged in The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out. However, he went on to write, “…but the Kingdom of God will conquer all those horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.”
Manning’s words serve as commentary on this coming week’s passage from First Peter. I invite you, in preparation for this weekend, to read 1 Peter 3:8-22 and reflect on your own experiences of hardship and how you have viewed those moments as a follower of Christ.
The Sweetness of that Hour
Last Wednesday, nearly sixty members of the Pearce family gathered for a service of prayer in Parmerter Chapel – the first of three such services being held this summer. The focus of our June gathering was to express to God our gratitude for His past faithfulness to our congregation.
A second prayer time, one we’ve chosen to call “Blankets of Prayer,” will be held on Wednesday, July 19. This second gathering will be held outdoors on Pearce’s Orchard Street property, and families will be encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for the event. Prayer on that evening will center on current needs for our church as we move through this year of transition.
Jess Newcomb was among those I asked to prepare a prayer for our June service. I thought you might enjoy reading her prayer of gratitude. (The photo above is of Jess and her family.)
Abba. Father. Daddy. Teacher. We come before You tonight as Your children. Gathered together. At Your sovereign, loving feet. (more…)
A Harvest in Nzige
What a delight to recently receive an email from Niyigena Ephaste, the Rwanda director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM)! He included a photo of the Nzige children enjoying their first meal with corn harvested from the school land. This is the first harvest grown on land purchased through our Linked with Love partnership.
What’s Around the Corner?
In my annual report to the Pearce family near the beginning of this year, I wrote this regarding our year of transition: “There’s no need to be anxious. Our Heavenly Father has the incredible ability to get this church to the exact place He desires it to be. He will provide new pastoral leadership that will guide this congregation around the corners that lie ahead.” (more…)
Uprooted and Displaced
This week, Mary and I said “farewell” to our nephew Devon. He recently graduated from Grove City College and, as I write this, is on his way with a car-load of worldly goods to begin his post-college life at a company in Washington, D.C. Talking with him on Monday, I sensed he felt a little uncomfortable and at loose ends heading to an unfamiliar place and an entirely new set of responsibilities, even though he was excited by this new stage of life!
Have you ever felt that way…a bit uprooted and displaced? Hang on to that feeling! (more…)
Standing Up for Systematic Theology!
Having a bit of fun on Sunday during Children’s Moments, I invited Pastor Jeremy up to join the kids and me on the platform to highlight his graduation last weekend from Northeastern Seminary (NES). I brought along, from my personal library, a few thick books to emphasize the type of reading Pastor Jeremy has been doing for the past few years. I opened one book, the second volume of Thomas Oden’s Systematic Theology, read a rather abstruse sentence, and then pronounced, “Pastor Jeremy will no longer need to read any systematic theology!” (more…)