Message from Lisa

The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life. -John O’Donohue

Crafting a 2030 Vision

Beloved friends, ever since my arrival among you in September of 2017, we have talked about our need to articulate a long-term vision for ministry together. We all seem to agree that we are at a very important moment in our common life. We have been gifted amazing...

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Love One Another

Beloved friends, This Sunday we will hear the portion of the story of Jesus’ last days among us in which he implores his disciples, his friends, to keep one new commandment long after he is gone; “love one another.” These are words we hear in scripture throughout the...

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Walking Into Holy Week

Beloved Friends, We are getting ready to turn the corner and move from Lent into Holy Week as we gather this Sunday. We will soon begin our final week with Jesus marking the final days he traveled with us here on earth. And as we move through our events and service...

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The Middle of the Journey

Beloved Friends, Here we are in the middle of the journey we call Lent, and a season that is often described as the church’s darkest season. I feel that description of darkness deep in my soul these days as we watch the news, hear of divisions in the church across the...

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Caught Up In God’s Grace

Beloved friends, What do Ash Wednesday services, a hospital visit and an AA meeting have in common? On the surface, perhaps nothing. But this past Wednesday they were seamlessly woven together creating one of the most holy starts of Lent I have ever been gifted. It...

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We Make the Road by Walking

Beloved Friends- In less than two weeks we will begin another season of Lent. Lent has been described as a 40-day wilderness journey in which we are invited to engage in the serious spiritual practices of fasting, almsgiving and prayer. It is also a church season that...

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Love One Another

Beloved Friends, Taped to my wall above my desk at home is a tattered piece of paper with words of a prayer written by Methodist pastor Ted Loder. Those who have been in my offices (at church or home) know I collect things in these spaces- and many of them are like...

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Striving For Justice For All

Beloved Friends- This Sunday we will gather after the 10:00 service for our Annual Meeting. It will be the 176th time we do so as a parish. That alone gives me a moment of pause; what an awesome testimony and responsibility in equal parts. We are both the inheritors...

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How Then Shall We Live?

Beloved Friends- Happy New Year! I pray as we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019, we do so able to let go of all that was with gentleness and look forward to all that is yet to be with hope-filled expectation. This year, rather than focus on New Year’s resolutions,...

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Consenting to God

Beloved Friends- Saturday December 8th a handful of us gathered for what turned out to be a beautiful Advent Retreat. We spent the morning talking and praying and listening. We enjoyed time eating and talking with one another, time for intentional silence, planned...

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Coming Home

Beloved Friends, Joyce Rupp is a contemporary mystic often described as a “spiritual midwife” and I couldn’t agree more. Her writing has been a companion of mine over the years and every once in a while, I pull one of her many books off my shelf, trusting to find...

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Being Thankful for Change

Beloved Friends As I began my now familiar drive south on Highway 23 this morning, I became keenly aware that somehow, almost overnight, the trees have changed from vivid green to a panacea of autumn hues to now the beginnings of the startling bare branches signaling...

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