Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday is October 28th.  On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg.  In his ninety-five theses Martin Luther brought to the attention of the church and general public the errors that plagued the church 500 years ago. This date, October 31st, is regarded as the…

Beyond Easter Day

The Resurrection of Our Lord is not merely an historical event that we remember and celebrate on Easter Day.  It goes beyond the commemorative day to embrace the whole of life every day.  One who comes into an experience of the Risen Christ through faith finds his/her life radically transformed by the power of the…

Ash Wednesday

When one thinks deeply about it, it is indeed an amazing sight to behold. Babes in arms, infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly come before the altar and ash is placed on their foreheads.  As the cruciform ash is put on the foreheads the words, “Remember, from ash you are and to ash you…

Of Snow and Sunshine

The new year breaks with frigid temperatures sweeping across the country. Thankfully, so far, the first days of the new year also were for the most part bathed in bright sunshine and blue skies.  In a symbolic way these two things foreshadow what 2018 holds for most people.  The year stretches before us with its…

Bethesda Opens Its Doors To Another Church

Stewardship is one of the cardinal principles of the Christian faith.  Good stewardship is exercising responsible management of the things with which God blesses us.  God blessed Bethesda with a beautiful church building.  The congregation strives to exercise good stewardship over its property by maintaining it well and making optimal use of it.  At present…

Some Sober Reflections

Annual Congregational Meetings (ACM) are important events in the life of any congregation.  They are times for taking stock of past performance and charting the way forward.  These are challenging times for churches.  Changing cultural values, expectations and priorities are influencing peoples’ commitment to church.  Culture is not only competing with church for peoples’ time,…

Finding God In The Most Unlikely Places

By now Christmas may have already faded from our conversations and has been relegated to the archives of our minds.  However, its message of the Incarnation and its meanings for our lives continue to accompany us every day of the year.  The Incarnation reminds us that the greatest and most valuable things in life can…

Our Choir Is Back

It was Shakespeare who penned the words, “If music be the food of love then play on”. These words merely express what human beings have known from the dawn of creation. Music, even in its most primitive forms and expressions, is the language of the soul. It is like balm to the sore as well…

Mother’s Day – Presence And Presents

Mothers’ Day will be observed and celebrated on Sunday 8th May. It is a day many welcome with joyful anticipation. Some regard the day with trepidation. Still others view the day with indifference. The mixed dispositions to Mothers’ Day are shaped by, among other things, where one is in life. Those who welcome Mothers’ Day…

I Saw A Purple Flower Today

Every year about this time I witness what I call a “war”. This war is fought with many skirmishes. It is a “war” between winter and spring. Winter wages a valiant fight to prolong its presence. On the other hand, spring wants winter to know that it is the victor and its victory was declared…