Seeing the Spirit of God

Seeing the Spirit of God
At home in mid-January 2018, I was surprised to receive a thank you note mistakenly addressed to Pastor Janet Richardson. It was clear to me that whoever sent the postcard wasn’t familiar with Janet. They would have known her by her marital surname—Noble-Richardson—and that she had died in 2006. But the faux pas were easy to make. Working through our... Read More

Fanfare and Pageantry

Fanfare and Pageantry
Because the dad was smiling, I was pretty sure I hadn’t offended him too much. He asked, “Did you just say, ‘Every parent should force their child to be in the Christmas pageant’?” Absolutely I did. His high-school sophomore son had told me a week earlier that he was willing to participate, and ever since, I had been counting on... Read More

Christ Was Love

Christ Was Love
A sermon delivered December 11, 2016 on the third Sunday of Advent at Mt. Hope Congregational Church, by Rev. Steven Schafer Texts: Zechariah 2:10-13 and Luke 2:15-2:20 Babies are something special. I can never forget what it was like to see my two girls at their births. That is a feeling and experience that nothing else can quite match. There... Read More

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 (NIV)“Why do you do all that you do?”I was asked this question after friends and I had spent weeks developing plans, recruiting help, and putting together decorations for vacation Bible school.... Read More