01 Jun

It’s Time to Tell the Truth

Dear Friends, More times than I care to count, I have left town for vacation and tragedy strikes.  The killing of George Floyd two years ago particularly stands out for the national rage and grief it rightly unleashed.  Now, the mass murder of 19 students and...

01 Jun

Hymn for the Hurting

By Poet Amanda Gorman Everything hurts,Our hearts shadowed and strange,Minds made muddied and mute.We carry tragedy, terrifying and true.And yet none of it is new;We knew it as home,As horror,As heritage.Even our childrenCannot be children,Cannot be. Everything hurts.It’s a hard time to be alive,And even harder to...

11 May

Easter as a Way of Life

Dear Friends, One of the many ways in which the church is called to be countercultural is that we understand Easter not as a day or even as a single event but as a way of life.  When the women—Mary, Mary, and Salome—went to Jesus’ tomb...

05 May

Happy Birthday to Us…and Other Blessings

Dear Friends, Blessings abound!  For starters, this week Calvary celebrates its 74th birthday.  Happy Birthday to us!  For several months already I have been thinking about our milestone 75th birthday next year and the celebration we will want to have to commemorate this momentous event.  Every...

28 Apr

Bible Sunday

Dear Friends, What is your earliest memory of hearing or reading a Bible story?  Do you remember receiving your first Bible?  Who gave it to you and when?  Who do you most associate with teaching stories from the Bible?   Psalm 119 has a lot to say about...

20 Apr

Easter….THANKSGIVING

Dear Friends, I woke up on Easter Monday with a heart overflowing with gratitude.  First, for Erika and our legion of Moppers Extraordinaire: thank you.  Without you, our Easter service would not have been possible.  I shared part of the story of the Great Flood during...

12 Apr

Moving Toward the Cross

Dear Friends, First and foremost, thank you for a wonderful day of worship on Sunday, followed by a dedicated and thorough assault on the dust and grime in the sanctuary and children’s Sunday school rooms!  In addition, the cross was put up, the letters on the...

06 Apr

Re-Engage with Joy!

Dear Friends, Despite the fact that it is cold and rainy and rather miserable outside this morning, I feel the energy, warmth, and “aliveness” of spring.  There are visible signs of it, of course—trees are budding (and so are people’s allergies.)  I encounter more folks along...

23 Mar

It’s Been a Long Time Coming!

Dear Friends, Daffodils are blooming, birds are singing, and Spring has officially arrived.  I’m guessing I’m not the only one buoyed by signs of new life and better weather, even if the latter remains rather unpredictable and inconsistent.  Still, April is coming and with it, Holy...

16 Mar

Hope, Good News, & Community

Dear Friends, At the end of last week, I was scrolling through news feeds when this headline jumped out at me (perhaps you saw it, too):  “the American Psychological Association’s annual ‘Stress in America’ poll (published last Thursday) found that U.S. adults — already weary from...