Category Archive: E-pistle

Aug 24 2017

Deeper Reading

“Exodus 1:8-2:10”, our Bible Study schedule read as we gathered on a recent Tuesday morning. The lectionary was taking us into the primary salvation story in the Hebrew Scriptures. Our energetic and inspired group dove in, reading the text passage by passage and reflecting generously on what we heard and perceived. No matter how well …

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Aug 10 2017

What Will Make the Sermon Really Great

Dear Friends, It has been almost two months since we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our beloved faith community. On that beautiful Sunday in June, Rev. Bill Worley, our Conference Minister, preached a stirring message that people talked about for days afterward. He extolled God’s faithfulness. He connected our ministry with the other 165 churches …

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Jul 13 2017

Lifelong Learning

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in divine and human favor. –Luke 2:52 It was on Wednesday, the third day of Bible School. The children shouted out the Hero Code of the day: “God’s Heroes Have Wisdom!” The Bible story was the familiar tale where Jesus’ anxious parents find their twelve-year old among …

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May 25 2017

The Common Life of a Spirited People

Dove

Acts 2:1-21 Of the three major Christian festivals, I might look forward to Pentecost the most. We celebrate God’s Spirit upon us, the breath of Christ in us. And it marks the birthday of the Christian Church. That first Pentecost was fulfillment. Fifty days after Easter, when the apostles are all together in one place, …

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May 11 2017

Faith, Courage, and Industry – Then and Now

With the 150th anniversary of St. Andrew’s Church just weeks away, I’ve been thinking about the roots of our very special faith community. Where did we come from? Who are the people whose faith, courage, and industry have been blessings passed on to us? After all, we have inherited the church and its mission from …

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Apr 06 2017

Esperanza Means Hope

“It is an incredible example of what vision, commitment, and passion for the gospel can yield . . .” Last Thursday I visited Esperanza, a faith-based organization headquartered in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, and one whose impact reaches beyond. It is an incredible example of what vision, commitment, and passion for the gospel …

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