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…)
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…)