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…)
Wacky Pastor Wally
In last Sunday’s Children’s Moments, Dr. Linda Adams, Director of International Child Care Ministries, told the kids that the average American child owns 238 toys, but only plays with 12 of them daily. I also brought along one of my own toys, a miniature WALL-E from the movie of a few years back, to show the kids
The other day I checked my mailbox at Pearce and found a “Wacky Wally” with a note from our Board Chair, Jim Morton. On the note he said, “Another toy for your collection since 1,000 plus wasn’t enough!”
Now, in light of Linda’s message, I feel even guiltier! My toys overfloweth! Thanks, Jim!
This week’s Dangling Conversation is a short one as I spent Tuesday, my typical day to work on Dangling, in retreat with our pastoral team at the Abbey of the Genesee. We spent the day together talking about ways to prepare our congregation for, to use our theme from February’s Annual Meeting, what’s around the corner. We also prayed together, asking God to richly bless our community of faith in the coming months. I hope you are joining with us in that prayer! (more…)
Are You Connected Now?
Kim Brittin, our church logistics director, has been hard at work in recent weeks overseeing the upgrade of Pearce’s wireless network. You may have noticed new glowing routers in various rooms of our facility. This means you’ll enjoy better connectivity to the internet while at Pearce. (Just in case my message gets a bit boring, and you need to play League of Legends or check social media!) (more…)
Thank You for a Wonderful Weekend!
I would be amiss if I didn’t take a moment in this week’s Dangling to acknowledge the many individuals who helped make the recent Easter weekend at Pearce such a worshipful and memorable time. (more…)
Another Priest at Pearce
Peter notes in his first letter to the scattered believers of his day that Christians “like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). (more…)
Just a Few Things
This week’s Dangling will be short, as Mary and I just returned from our trip to participate in a pastors and spouses retreat for clergy from Indiana and West Virginia. I’m still sorting through my email and unpacking my bags.
I’d like to briefly share a few items with you today:
First, thanks for your prayers for Mary and me as we traveled and ministered in Indiana. We put 1,400 miles on our car, so we were on the move. It was wonderful to have time together with about 70 pastors and spouses in the beautiful little town of Nashville, Indiana. Yes, I know! In my last Dangling, I said the retreat was in Clay City. I was wrong! (Not the first time in my life and, surely, not the last!)
Second, Mary and I enjoyed briefly spending time with some family during our travels. On Sunday morning we worshiped with my niece Amanda and her finance, Gene, in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are getting married in May; and, as I’m officiating at their wedding, we had time to talk about their special day over dinner after church. On Wednesday afternoon, we stopped by Grove City College to have lunch with our niece and nephew, Ryan and Devon, both students at the college. Both visits reminded me of how precious loved ones are to us! (The photo above is of Mary with Ryan on the campus.)
Third, I’m looking forward to being at Pearce this weekend and observing the start of Holy Week with you. I hope you are anticipating worship with excitement and joy!
Fourth, I am grateful for your partnership in the Gospel. Whenever I am with other pastors, and listen to the stories of both their joys and challenges, I come back with a deep appreciation and gratitude for this community of faith. Thank you for allowing Mary and me to serve in this place!
See you this weekend!
Best Moment of the Day
I’ve referred occasionally to a long-standing custom in my marriage. At the end of each day, Mary and I will ask each other, “What was your best moment today?”
This past Sunday, I knew what my best moment was. It happened during “Children’s Moments” in worship that morning. I was talking with Emma Draper about her passion for dance. She did a great job sharing about her love for Jesus and how dance provides one of the ways she can express His love. (more…)
A Story Interrupted
Stories get interrupted. It’s one of the realities of life. Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson said, “I’m interested in discontinuities and interruptions, people having to rewrite the narrative of their lives because of sudden changes.”
Sudden changes! My own story was briefly interrupted last weekend by an unexpected illness. In turn, our walk through God’s Story in our sermon series “Shaped by God’s Story” was interrupted as well. (more…)
Thanks for the Memories
Well, the lights are on, the sidewalks are cleared, and Pearce Church is open today! What a memorable stretch these past eight days have been! First, the church was closed last week for three days due to the power outage from the wind storm; then, Pearce was shut down for two days due to a memorable winter storm. (This morning on the radio, they said that this week’s snowfall was the third heaviest on record in Rochester!) (more…)