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Pastor Susan’s Reflections – April 2016

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But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you –Matthew 6:33 Three of our grandchildren are jugglers. Al and I have always enjoyed watching them perform in the Brandywine Heights High School Juggling Club. A few weeks ago we traveled to New York City to […]

VBS 2016 Save the Date

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What: Cave Quest – This VBS Rocks:  When:  July 11th – July 15th @ 9 – 11:30 am Our theme for 2016 is Following Jesus the light of the World Gear up for an over the top underground adventure Ground kids in a rock solid foundation of God’s love, a love that takes us through life’s […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – March 2016

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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” — Matthew 6:21 (NIV) For me, these words are saying, “Trust God and God alone.”   It’s not easy to give up control and to trust God alone. But, we cannot trust that our earthly treasures will be here for us tomorrow. All you […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – February 2016

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Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. Lent is not an easy concept for children. But there is something we can do to help them understand this season of the church. Lent reminds us that it is important to have a close relationship with God and one way to do that is to encourage prayer. […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – June 2015

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I recently read an article written by Emily Heath, senior pastor at a Congregational Church in New Hampshire. In it she recalled that during the late 1990’s, the phrase “What would Jesus do?” was all the rage. Her seminary professor asked her an alternate question. Instead of asking “What Would Jesus Do?” ask “Does it glorify God?” That set […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – May 2015

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When Al was hospitalized last month, we experienced this commandment in action. His roommate was an elderly Mennonite man. His wife stayed by his side day and night and his grown children and his young grandchildren came frequently to visit. The love of this family was tangible, it filled the room. As we entered the room, we exchanged polite nods […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – April 2015

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Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in  springtime.    Martin Luther There is a children’s book, The Parable of the Lily, in which a child receives a present. When opened, it is a dried-up, shriveled bulb. The child is very disappointed and angrily tosses the bulb to […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – March 2015

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It’s so easy to prepare children for Christmas. We love the story of a very special baby being born in a stable. We put out our crèches and talk about God’s love. But Lent is a different story—it’s still a story of God’s love but it’s a little harder to tell. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It is […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – February 2015

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I was pondering how to explain Lent to the children in our Sunday School classes.  I can start with the obvious; the word Lent comes from an old English word meaning “long.” It comes at the time of the year when the daylight hours are getting longer and there are more sunny days. Just as the longer days bring […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – January 2015

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I found this poem and I believe it speaks for itself. My prayer is that we take these words to heart and put them into practice. I Am the New Year – Author unknown I am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your next chance at the art of […]