Complete Unity (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, June 11, 2017

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Jun. 11, 2017

How majestic is our Lord’s name indeed! The sovereign of His presence is being manifested in three ways: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three beings as one form an equal complete unit, like that of a circle without beginning or end.

In, with, and through Christ, we have our being, the way to the Father, and the direction of the Holy Spirit - a spiritually conscious connection which enables us to reach the serenity of life far beyond our capacity of human understanding. No wonder, for in God’s merciful grace, we are kept and claimed, all equally loved. 

May the unity of the Triune God be with you now and forevermore.
Pastor Anette

Pastor Anette's weekly devotional will resume on Sun., Jul. 2.

Voices United (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Jun. 4, 2017

With Pentecost here, our longing should be with the Spirit of the Lord wherever we go and wherever we’ll be, for the Spirit is with us! As believers, we are both witnesses and bearers of God’s Word, which is transformative in any and every sense.

Lovingly, we are being nourished and led by the power of God’s Holy Spirit, our advocate and helper, the very One who intercedes on our behalf. Likewise, He is the very One who helps us to pray when we do not know how to pray on our own. So good is our God - so great is our God!

Be blessed and know the Spirit of the Lord is with you always!
Pastor Anette

Pastor's Monthly Article (June-July 2017)

Created: Thursday, June 1, 2017

A summer welcome!

In observing Memorial Day, we give special tribute to the many countless men and women who gave their life while defending the lives and freedom of others. This reminds us how truly blessed we are, celebrating and enjoying a nation that was built by determined strong hands, united as one in mind and heart for the sake and love of freedom - indeed, a freedom, we can never take for granted.

Seldom has the world seen a larger migration as the one we’ve experienced within the last few years. There are many within these minority groups who are struggling to find their identity while at the same time trying to hold on the beauty of their own tradition and culture.

All of the above became very evident to me during the last week of May, when I had the opportunity to attend a continuing education conference at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. Since the Hartford Seminary is the nation’s leading center of interfaith studies and connection, this conference was a very intriguing experience for me.

Besides students from all walks of faith, there were keynote speakers from around the world as well as advocacy agencies and organizations. Among places considered a safe haven, the Hartford Seminary stands tall in providing opportunities for open-minded conversations to
occur, i.e., giving the time and space for spiritually healthy dialogues to begin.

Meeting, greeting, and welcoming new neighbors into the community is part of our calling as fellow believers and citizens of the Kingdom of God. We have the joy to help establish new communities while at the same time re-establish old and familiar ones. Having said this, there is always room for improvement, hence with God, nothing is impossible! The latter serves as a reminder of Pentecost, which paved the way for community building to take place.

In the coming days, the liturgical season of Pentecost stand before us with a spirit-filled notion of gifts supplied and provided for. Though the Spirit moves as it pleases, it's also an opportunity to take a closer look at one's individual gifts. It's a “reality” check, a personal as well as congregational spiritual inventory. It's never too early or too late. Through and through, God prepares and equips us ready for new chapters to be built.

While the stream of sunshine beaming behind each blessing received, may our hearts be in tuned with the Spirit within, praising God anew.

Wishing you and yours a beautiful summer of celebration!
Pastor Anette

Memorial Day (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., May 28, 2017

As Memorial Day stands before us, we give thanks to God for the many men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We hold these brave men and women in great honor, always grateful for what they've done for our country. As our hearts and voices unite, may we focus on the Lord's ascending, thus preparing His heavenly home for us. May the sunshine be visible in our life, representing the grace, peace, and mercy only a loving God could give.

Be blessed and thankful for our beautiful country!

Pastor Anette

Pastor's Monthly Article (May 2017)

Created: Monday, May 1, 2017

It’s spring time!

With Easter behind us, the echo of the liturgical season of joy and celebration is loud and clear throughout our worship. It is God’s way of calling us close to one another and to rediscover the Spirit’s presence within.

Through and through, God prepares us for the special moments of our lives. Such times often prepare and allow us to strengthen our connection with God and another. Connected, our unity is being blessed by the One and the same whose divine presence is a sure thing.

While on a “fishing expedition” in the Florida Keys last month, my family and I had the pleasure to reconnect with our friends at the Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church. The church has, as part of its unique history, a long tradition to celebrate the occasion of a child’s being presented for the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Such was the case with our son Clint. When he was baptized, a fish with his name joined the mural wall of fish inside the sanctuary. Thus, our “fishing expedition” is revealed!

Besides the appreciation of the arts, we also had rare opportunities to have close encounters with wildlife, feeding catfish, blue gill, turtles, and squirrels. To our sweet surprise, the squirrels were so comfortable around people that they ate peanuts right out of our hands! After that experience, it remains to see whether we’ll have some furry new friends among our neighbors in the community, though no matter how adorable, we are all in agreement to keep them at a friendly distance.

It was most refreshing to revisit the state of our first U.S. neighborhood. Spending quality time with family, hence giving ourselves the gift of building new memories - that’s vacation at its best!

As the season of spring unfolds, enjoy and marvel at God’s beautiful creation!

In Christ,
Pastor Anette