Pastor Susan’s Reflections

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Pastor Susan’s Reflections – Nov 2016

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Enter his gates with thanksgiving; and into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.  Psalm 100:4 About two weeks ago I found myself wandering through a forest of lovely evergreen trees. No, I wasn’t outdoors, I was in a store! Aisles of beautifully decorated Christmas trees surrounded me. There were […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – Sept 2016

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Kids thoughts about God The following statements about the Bible were written by children and have not been retouched or corrected. 1. The seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery. 2. A Christian should have only one spouse. This is called monotony. 3. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. 4. Noah’s […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – July 2016

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Psalm 139:14 English Standard Version (ESV) 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. YOU ARE SPECIAL At a recent outing to Dorney Park, our five-year old grandson, was standing in a long line waiting to ride the train. He engaged an […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – June 2016

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There is a story about a Hebrew farmer who was so engrossed in his work that he lost track of time. The sun was already beginning to set AND it was the Sabbath. He realized that he wouldn’t be able to make it to the synagogue because it was more steps than a devout Jew […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – May 2016

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God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. 1 Peter 4:10 Think about the various gifts that God has given to each of us, different people – different gifts. We are given those gifts to use and to share. […]

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 […]

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 […]