Psalms for Every Season: Orientation, Disorientation, Reorientation

I have enjoyed reflecting on and praying the psalms the past few weeks and look forward to doing so throughout the summer. The truth is, I need the psalms to give me words to pray. This has been quite a year with the announcement of Pete’s retirement, Pastor Stan Ott’s and Doug LeMaster’s retirements, Pastor David Jordan-Haas’s death almost a year ago, remodeling the building, and redesigning our Sunday morning worship and learning communities. That was a lot…

Thy Word I Have Hidden in My Heart

Glenda Simpkins Hoffman 6/7/2020 This week I felt stressed and anxious. The words of the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving exalting Christ came into my mind. This prayer is from The Book of Common Prayer and was part of our weekly communion liturgy in in the Episcopal Church where my spiritual journey began. Some people find […]

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Fruit

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Some weeks ago I learned that the youth would be using John 15:1-17 for their passage for Youth Sunday. It’s one of my favorite […]

Humility and Solidarity

Glenda Simpkins Hoffman 4/21/20 This past week the news was somewhat better about the curve flattening for COVID-19. One news items that astonished but delighted me was the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19—the common enemy that […]

Living with Grief

Pastor Glenda Simpkins Hoffman Last week something happened that caused a wave of grief to come over me. It wasn’t a big thing, but it felt like yet another loss in the midst of so many. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. I had to stop what I was […]