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A Greeting from Rev. Rick



Winter 2017

“Beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Those that love not, know not God, for God is love. Beloved, let us love one another. First John Four-Seven-and-Eight.” That simple chorus (with some updated language) that we used to sing in my college fellowship group summarizes the Christian gospel as I understand it. We are connected by grace to a God who not only is loving or has love, but actually IS love. God = love. Who can wrap their minds around that one? That connection to the loving presence in the universe then empowers or inspires us to be a loving, caring, and compassion presence in our world. A few sentences later the same biblical author puts it this way, “We love because God first loved us!”

Someone might say that a church is to be a “laboratory” where we learn to love one another as God as loved us. It’s a high calling, to be sure, but we are not meant to do it alone, apart from the nurturance, guidance and encouragement of a faith community. The spiritual journey is less about the “I” and more about the “we”.

If you have come across our website and are looking for a faith community, stop in and see us any Sunday at 10 am. You will find us a lively, warm and welcoming congregation in the Presbyterian tradition, rooted in the historic traditions of the faith, but open to new ways of loving and serving through the guidance of God’s spirit.

It’s a message this troubled world always needs to hear: “Beloved, let us love one another!”

Grace and peace,

Rev. Rick


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