Category: The Pastor’s Pen

South Hill United Methodist Church

Extremes

Especially in today’s world of extreme absolutes, we must keep in mind that we cannot negate the good work of imperfect people who make mistakes. We keep elevating people to the level of idols, then are disappointed when we find out they are human after all. Poor actions must have consequences, but that does not…
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Give Thanks

Psalm 100 A psalm of thanks. Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy! 3 Know that the Lord is God— he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture. 4 Enter his gates…
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Observations in Tragedy

26 In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. 27 The one who searches hearts knows how the Spirit thinks, because he pleads for the saints, consistent with God’s will. 28 We know that God…
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together

Together

4 Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 2 Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, 3 and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you…
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Summer is Here

Easter is over, school is out, and summer is here.  Now what? As we take time this summer for family, vacations, and relaxation, let us not forget that the work of the church in our community continues. The mission arm through the Upper Room keeps going. The weekly Sunday School and worship times march onward,…
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Easter

Easter. Now what?

19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears in the midst of trials that came upon me because of the Jews’ schemes. 20 You know I held back nothing that would be helpful so that I could proclaim to you and teach you both publicly and privately in your homes. 21 You know I have…
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Giving Up for Lent

As we enter the period of Lent, it is important that we pause and evaluate our faith journey. Lent is an intentional time of reflection ahead of the glorious celebration of Easter. Lent traditionally lasts 40 days (plus Sundays), from Ash Wednesday to Easter. This year, Lent begins March 1. There is the common idea…
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Do Not Fear!

10 Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand. Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid” is repeated throughout the Bible, spoken by kings and prophets and poets. It is also the…
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An Election Day Prayer

November 8, 2016 by Bruce Epperly God all of peoples, we give thanks to you on this Election Day. We thank you for the United States of America, for those who sacrificed their lives and fortunes for our freedoms, for bravery in the quest for human rights, for immigrants who built our nation, and first…
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Thanksgiving

8 Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;     make his deeds known to all people! 9 Sing to God, sing praises to him;     dwell on all his wondrous works! 10 Give praise to God’s holy name!     Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the Lord! 11 Pursue the Lord and his strength;     seek his face always!…
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