Randy's Reflections
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March 6, 2017, 12:40 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 3: Story

Story

Some times to remember who we are we need to remember History or His Story. For God's story includes our story. God has asked us to be active participants in the story that is being played out in our world. And if God wants to include us then how can we deny such a privilege and how can give up such an awesome responsibility? The wonderful part of this story is not that we only get to play a part, but our part is essential to the story line and we can choose how best to play it.

When I feel confused about my part in Your Story help me to hear your whispering of the stoires of those who have come before: family who has sacrificed much, friends who have extended love, and strangers who have been surprisingly present. Let their stories give form to my own, so the responsibility we have is not so overwhelming, but  is actually more freeing. Amen




March 2, 2017, 5:37 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 2: Courage

Courage

This isn't always the first word that pops into my head when I think of being a Christian. Yet to truly follow the ways and words of Jesus takes a certain amount of courage. It means standing up for what is right even when it isn't popular. It means being faithful when you are with non-Christians as much as when you are with other Christians. It means listening when all you want to do is convince someone you are right. It means seeking to grow even when the path is difficult. But the good thing is God will be with us always, no matter what.

 

God, sometimes, I am overwhelmed by fear, fearful of change, fearful of others, fearful of the unknown. In those times, grant me courage, a courage not borne out of fear, but courage that is guided by your wisdom, gifted with your presence, and grounded in your calling. Amen.

 

Blessings to you,

Pastor Randy




March 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 1: Community

Last year I shared a new word with you every day with an accompaying short reflection. For some of you it was helpful as you walked through Lent towards our great celebration on Easter. This year I found a book by the former Moderator of the 2008 General Assembly of the (PCUSA) Bruce Reyes-Chow, who is a member of our Presbytery. I will use words from his 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words book to stimulate our spiritual thinking during this Lenten Season.

Community

Last Sunday I mentioned three subject areas which were referred to most in our survey question "What is going well at JKPC?" The one area I didn't say, which was the most frequently mentioned, was Fellowship or our emphasis on Community. This is a hallmark of our church family. This is what draws people to JKPC, that is our friendly openness to each other, be it new friends or long time companions. How can we be a better welcoming community so those who don't have a place so they can find a home in our midst? Let's seek new ways we can welcome and care for anyone who walks on to our campus at JKPC.

When I live believing my life is the only life that matters, God, remind me that the faces of others reflect your face, the struggles of others bring your liberation to my life, and the kindness of others speaks your grace into my soul. Amen.

 

Peace to you,

Pastor Randy


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