Dangling to a Close
I am at a loss as I sit down to compose my final Dangling Conversation. I have so much I want to say, yet I find myself not knowing how to express what is on my heart.
I guess you could say, “I’m left dangling!” At a loss for words. (more…)
Dangling at Loose Ends
In case you haven’t noticed, it is Friday afternoon! This Dangling has arrived in your mailbox a day late!
Please accept my apologies. For the past several years that I’ve been sending you this weekly missive, I’d tried to keep to a strict schedule and have it sent every Thursday afternoon. (I should add, this has been accomplished in part through the efficiency of our Communications Director, Kim Mantegna!) (more…)
There’s quite a bit going on in my world this week as I work to wrap things up here at Pearce. (I’m hard at work trying to pack books, clean out files, and clear out my office in time for Pastor Roger’s arrival on September 18!) So I am going to leave you Dangling. Let’s pick up the conversation next week (September 7) and bring it to a close my final week at Pearce with my last Dangling on September 14. I appreciate all your prayers for Mary and me as we do all we can to prepare for the transition of pastoral leadership here at Pearce. I am confident that the Lord has good things in store for this community of faith!
First Time in Worship
I had the great privilege this past Sunday of welcoming Roy and Julie Smith’s youngest son to his first worship service! Six-week-old Felix appeared to be quite relaxed during the gathering and even assisted me with the greeting and call to worship. After the service, over cups of coffee, we discussed theology and Dr. Coventry’s interpretation of the John 21 passage in the day’s sermon. (more…)
Two June Brides
As I was preparing for worship this past Sunday morning, I realized that two new brides were participating in the service. These women, from two very diverse generations, are both recent June brides. Emily Bartz Hutchinson, who gifted us with her flute playing in worship, was married on June 4. Neva Pfouts Donnell, who read one of the Scripture passages, was wed on June 29. I couldn’t resist having these two lovely ladies make a quick dash outside to snap this photo of them! (more…)
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.