Thanksgiving and Grief

Humans are complicated beings.  Sometimes joy and sorrow mutually co-exist. About a year ago, on Nov 26th, 2019, news ran of the release of three men who had spent thirty-six years in jail.  The three men – Alfred Chestnut, Andrew Stewart, and Ransom Watkins had been (wrongly) accused at age sixteen of the murder (and […]

Common Glory, A Sermon Series on 2 Corinthians

In 1992 a farmer named Peter Whatling lost his hammer.  What could be more ordinary and disinteresting than a farmer searching the dirt for his lost hammer?  Yet in that dirt Whatling discovered a lost treasure – gold jewelry, silvers spoons, 1500 year old coins – the Hoxne Hoard.  In an ordinary field was an […]

The End of the World as we Know It

A sermon series, covering chapters 1-11, running from May through August, 2020. There are times when it seems that the foundations of the earth of moved.  There is no terra firma; all is adrift.  Our civilization feels like it has slipped its moorings; there is no certainty about the future.  No financial security, no clarity […]

Worship at Home!

The advent of coronavirus has brought a series of wrinkles to our Lent.  We are experiencing an unprecedented level of disruption to our daily lives with this pandemic.  It has affected workplaces, schools, and our worship life as well. Two Sundays ago we radically modified our worship service, cutting programs to reduce person to person […]

Responding to Covid-19, The Light Always Dawns

Beloved Mt. Pleasant Flock, We face an unusual and difficult moment in the life of our world, our nation, our local community, our families, and our church family as well.  None of us knew a few weeks ago the ways in which a virus that had sprung up halfway around the world would affect all […]