Entries by DeAnne

March 21, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF JOHN HART Dear Friends: Several people asked about the author I quoted at length at the end of my sermon on Sunday. He is Frederick Buechner – an author, novelist, and Presbyterian minister (check out his Wikipedia page).  Buechner has written several books, but two of his books are special favorites of mine and […]

March 14, 2019

Dear Friends: I ran across this poem the other day from a fellow Presbyterian pastor and had to pass it on: every morning,  i pour a big bowl  of grudges  for breakfast, leaving  the box of  gratitude  unopened on the  shelf. (Thom Shuman) I think that Lent is the perfect time to let go of […]

March 7, 2019

Dear Friends: I love what John Ortberg writes about worship: “I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on.”  In Lent here at Liberty, we offer an extra experience of worship on Wednesday evenings to provide more time for meditation, wonder and gratitude. We […]

February 28, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR JOHN Dear Friends: Every year in early February, Becky and I sit down and select the songs to sing in worship during Lent.  Over the years, we’ve whittled it down to these six hymns: Amazing Grace Beneath The Cross Of Jesus When I Survey The Wondrous Cross There Is A Redeemer […]

February 21, 2019

Dear Friends: As I write this Link, I am looking outside my window at snow falling everywhere! “He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes,” (Psalm 147). What was once brown winter land is now blanketed in a soft layer of white. John and I were driving in this snow, and all […]

February 14, 2019

Dear Friends: Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is a day all about love! As we walk through Ephesians, Paul writes about love over and over, using the Greek “agape” to convey God’s kind of love. The Greeks had several words for love, including philia (brotherly love), storge (familial love, or love for your favorite team), eros […]

February 7, 2019

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. ~Ephesians 2:4-5 Dear Friends: As I’ve been spending time in Ephesians this season, certain words and phrases have come alive for me: living in Christ, […]

January 31, 2019

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  ~John 14:3 Dear Friends: As a pastor, I have so many privileges – I baptize babies and proclaim that they are children of God, crying or […]

January 24, 2019

Dear Friends: One of the themes that stands out in our journey through Ephesians is Paul’s call to unity: Therefore (I)… entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to […]

January 17, 2019

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ….” Ephesians 1:4 Dear Friends: I am loving our journey through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. How about you? Ephesians is a letter where Paul’s sheer wonder at life in Christ overwhelms him, and in phrase after phrase he pours out passionate […]

Youth Digest – 01.15.19

This morning, I started my day by reading about one of the strangest animals in the world: the long-beaked echidna [i-kid-na], or spiny anteater. Weighing about 20 pounds, this nocturnal creature is found mainly in the humid mountain forests of New Guinea and Indonesia. Interspersed with its brownish or black fur are sharp spines of varying […]

January 10, 2019

“ See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” ~Isaiah 43: 19 Dear Friends: I don’t know about you, but John and I spent last weekend “de-Christmasing” the house.  It is never fun to take down all the bright red and green decorations, the beautiful silver bulbs from […]

January 3, 2019

 FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR KYLE Dear Friends: This Sunday, we will begin our winter sermon series exploring the Book of Ephesians. It is hard to imagine a part of Scripture more relevant than the Letter to the Ephesians. Throughout its beautiful language, this letter is clear about three things: ravaged by evil, sin, and […]

Youth Digest – 01.01.19

One of my all time favorite literary characters is Anne Shirley from Green Gables in Avonlea. She is a spunky young girl, always getting into scrapes and misadventures, but full of wisdom ahead of her time. One of my favorite Anne quotes is “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with […]