Category: The Pastor’s Pen

South Hill United Methodist Church

Sabbath

8Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. 9 Six days you may work and do all your tasks, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your animals, or the immigrant…
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Another Year Together

It’s hard to believe we’ve been together for a year already! As I look back, I’m amazed we all survived it. There has been so much going on. This church is very busy. But busy is a good thing, as long as it’s busy doing Christ’s work. We have done much and come a long…
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Summer Breath

Whew!  Summer is here.  Despite the warm weather, vacations, and everything else, we have all sorts of happenings going on. Check the calendar regularly so that you don’t miss something! You may have noticed the new parking lot, new sanctuary roof, and the beginning of renovations inside the sanctuary. We are busy! These improvements are…
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Pentecost

Pentecost

“2 When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit…
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Easter Foolishness

18 The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are being destroyed. But it is the power of God for those of us who are being saved. 19 It is written in scripture: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will reject the intelligence of the intelligent. 20 Where are…
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Continuing the Lent Journey

“My eyes are always looking to the LORD because he will free my feet from the net. Turn to me, God, and have mercy on me because I’m alone and suffering… Look at my suffering and trouble – forgive all my sins!… Let integrity and virtue guard me because I hope in you.” Psalm 25:15,16,18,21…
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New Year: Now What?

5 Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “All is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will freely give water…
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Don’t Be Afraid

10 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. 11 Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. 12 This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great assembly of…
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Halloween and History and Fall

3 There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1 When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? For a lot of people, Halloween has become synonymous with candy, costumes, scary stuff, witches, ghosts and pumpkins. But do you know the Christian connection to the holiday? The…
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Francis and More

The seed is healthy: the vine will give its fruit. The land will give its produce; the heavens will give its dew.  I will give the remnant of this people all these things.  Just as you were a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so now I will deliver you; you…
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