December 7, 2020

Advent Reflection

Another week has begun.  Another round of news releases about COVID, lock-downs, and the vaccine.


How do we keep peace in our hearts, our lives, when the outside world is no longer what we expect it to be or wish it was?


This is the time we dig deep – deep into our hearts and our faith.

From Psalm 31

…but I trust in you O Lord;I say, “You are my God”My times are in your hand;  ….Let your face shine upon your servant;   save me in your steadfast love.


We rest safe in the arms of the Divine knowing that peace comes when we rest.
May you find peace this day and always,

Pastor Barbara

Small Enough

God, the Divine and Holy, is so big that there is no way to draw the outline or put this Spirit into a box.

I believe as well that God is small enough to rest within our hearts; small enough to be the still small of voice that speaks love and compassion.

We prayer to hear this voice whether big or small.

May we find those blessings that are hiding in the stillness and in the small parts of our lives.

Sabbath worship: Love and Urgency

We continue in faithful worship from the safety of our homes. Paul reminds us to love one another. This is what Christ calls us to do.

Thank you for your faithful support of St. Andrews, St. Lukes, and Emmanuel United Churches. We appreciate your continued prayers and all that you do to minister in the world. Please contact your treasurer or myself for ways to give financially during our time of sheltering in place. You are a blessing to all. Barbara

Jesus is:

Worship Sunday, July 5th, 2020 – DMS Pastoral Charge

Perhaps you’d like to create a mind map that begins with the words: I am.

Once completed connect those descriptors with the Divine, Holy, and or Jesus. Any new ideas for you? Sit for a while in the quiet presence of God.

Reflect on the scriptures:

Proverbs 18:24, KJV

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

John 15:13-15, KJV

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

Revelation 3:20, KJV

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

May the peace that surpasses our understanding keep you surrounded in grace, love, and joy.

Barbara