Word, water and views

This morning had me reflecting on the views that catch my breath. Some of my favorite views right now are the ones heading into the four communities I am privileged to care for. As a pastor of four congregations I get to travel between each community preaching, caring for and engaging in God’s mission. It’s… Continue reading Word, water and views

Word, water and Ashes

“God’s story never ends in Ashes.” – Elizabeth Elliot- Lent has started and many of us had some sort of imposition of ashes service to mark it’s beginning. It’s a very simple and powerful image. On Wednesday Christians gather to receive the imposition of ashes, pastors post prayers to Facebook, and the image of a… Continue reading Word, water and Ashes


“His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthew 25:21 Today on a zoom webinar about worship a question was posed that shifted my attention. “What is the most faithful… Continue reading Faithfulness

Word water and hope

When I was a kid I loved reading cook books, and trying new recipes I made all sorts of dishes. One of my most vivid moments was making curried onion soup. I remember thinking it would be so exotic to serve, and with enthusiasm I set to work. I cut the onions, browned them in… Continue reading Word water and hope

Word, water and summer

My summers growing up consisted of two favorite events. Two weeks hanging out with my cousin Peggy, one of which was spent at Quaker Meadow Camp. Every summer I can remember living CA included time in this precious place. Swimming in the pool, hikes to the Garden of Eden, pictures in the King David’s Tree,… Continue reading Word, water and summer

Faith, hope and Love

“If we speak in human or angelic tongue but have not love our words are like noisy symbols and clanging gongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 In this hyper culture of image and social media, presentation seems to be valued above all else. So much of our time and energy is poured into looking the part. #Blessed,… Continue reading Faith, hope and Love

Open Doors

United Presbyterian Church
Blue Rapids KS
EST. 1870

“We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We… Continue reading Open Doors