Pastor Susan’s Reflections

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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 […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – December 2014

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Christmas is in the air. We are bombarded daily with toy ads on the television and in the newspapers. We hear Christmas music on the street, in the malls, in our cars, and in our homes. We get caught up in hustle and bustle of the worldly holiday, cooking, baking, buying, wrapping, decorating, etc. We […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – November 2014

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In the week before Thanksgiving a fourth grade teacher asked her class to write a paragraph entitled: ‘What I am most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day’.  All Joey could write was: ‘I am thankful that I’m not a turkey at Thanksgiving.’ November is a dark, bleak month. Most of the leaves have fallen and the […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – October 2014

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“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 Here is a true story of that verse in action. Through some correspondence our Sunday School children received from our sponsored child, they learned that Mohamad loves Legos. […]

Pastor Susan’s Reflections – September 2014

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Rally Day, September 7, is a day of re-gathering, re-covenanting, and renewal. The summer is over, school has begun, and it’s time for us to return to Sunday School and worship. We will gather in the sanctuary at 9:15 for a rousing opening and then dismiss to our classes to reunite with our old friends […]