Embrace the Journey

Life can feel like one long journey. As we travel on our way, we experience ups, downs, roadblocks, detours, and adventures. We experience joys, and we experience loss. We are occasionally determined and we occasionally wander. The way forward is not always clear, not even our destination always, but we … Read more…

A New Year at St Mark

When the Times Square Ball drops at midnight on January 1st every year, I feel something. Like many people at that same time welcoming the new year, it’s a mix of feelings. Profound thankfulness for another year past and all of the blessings I am mindful of at the time. … Read more…

Blessed

Blessed  What are you most thankful for? This month, many of us will gather around tables laden with extravagant feasts, gathered with friends and families to celebrate Thanksgiving. Although we often associate Thanksgiving with pilgrims and the “First Thanksgiving” with Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the tradition of a day of … Read more…

Strategic Planning Session III Recap

On August 20th, Our Strategic Leadership Team met to set our congregations primary ministries for the coming year. Here is a summary of what they came up with: Worship 1. We will continue to prioritize Sunday morning “traditional” worship as our primary way of proclaiming Jesus’ redeeming love through worship. … Read more…

Do you really love Jesus?

Click here for today’s reading  If you read today’s post-resurrection story (link above), you know Peter’s feelings are more than a little bit hurt when Jesus persistently asks him “Peter, do you love me? Do you really love me? Are you sure you love me?” To which Peter finally responds “Yes … Read more…

Is Cheap Grace Killing Us?

It’s 6:30 AM. Before I am even sure I’m awake, I’m sweating through the warm-up of my Insanity workout at the YMCA. “Dig Deeper!” Shaun T’s voice comes over the speaker as the next track kicks in. “Come on! Don’t stop! Let’s go!” my trainer yells at me as I’m halfway through a … Read more…