A Message From Our Minister


 . .Weekly Newsletter. .

July 24, 2016


Hold That Thought… 

One of the hymns we sang Sunday morning summarizes the reality of a world that seems to be spinning out of control.  While singing God of Grace and God of Glory, two phrases in particular spoke to our current situation.  In back to back verses we sang, “Lo! The hosts of evil round us,” and “Cure Thy children’s warring madness.”  Daily these words are realities for the world in which we live.  Our hearts break for lives lost in places near and far. 

In addition to areas of our world that face constant violence, we add specific places that covet our prayers.  There seems to be no respect for the sanctity of life.  We seem to have forgotten that all lives, without exception, really do matter.  We worry about when and where such warring madness will surface next.  We wonder about what we can do to make a difference against the evil around us.  Surely our faith encourages us to overcome these fears. 

So what is our faithful response?  Primarily it is to make peace our priority.  We are called by Christ to pray for peace for all people, to pursue the things of peace, to practice peace with those in our lives.  While the obstacles and the odds seem overwhelming, each of us is called to make a difference in our world.  May we find our passion for peace in the words we sang in faith together:            

           God of grace and God of Glory,

            On Thy people pour they power,

            Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

            For the facing of this hour…

            For the living of these days…

            Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal…

            That we fail not them nor Thee! 







 Dr. John C. Brearley

Senior Minister