But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;Continue reading “CREATED, FORMED, REDEEMED, AND CALLED”

The Epiphany of Our Lord

“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” [Matthew 2:2] Epiphany is one of my favorite church festivals.  It evokes an assorted set of memories. The first one goes all the way back to infancy.  AsContinue reading “The Epiphany of Our Lord”


I’m prepping for my high school reunion in late August. It’s a big one – the 50th – perhaps the last one I’ll attend.  I’ve been asked to give the invocation.  I’m a pastor, what else is new? At our last reunion, in addition to the prayer, I took the liberty of delivering a personalContinue reading “CLASS REUNION”