Pastors' Blog

Archives: May 2018

May 31, 2018 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you and peace, from the one who is and was and is to come! I find our scripture reading for Sunday to be a particularly comforting passage:

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for...

May 24, 2018 - Kent French

You remember the American Civil War, right? A bloody, awful time of deep division in this country: fathers and mothers against sons and daughters, brothers and sisters against one another. That division was already present in our founding as a nation, when the founders couldn’t resolve the issue of slavery. 

It was also the deadliest of all our wars, largely because of the amount of disease that spread untreated among soldiers. We continue to feel the...

May 17, 2018 - Kent French

Dear Beloved Members and Friends of United Parish,

I ask you to please take 2-5 minutes to read and reflect on the following.

This coming Sunday, May 20, is a special day in the life of our parish year. We celebrate the overall ministry of our church, one in which we all share, and we consecrate our pledges of time, talent and treasure for the year ahead (July 1-June 30). I would like for as many of us to...

May 10, 2018 - Kent French

Since Easter (April 1) we have been looking at various “Co-Workers in God’s Service,” a phrase borrowed from Paul’s letter to the churches of Corinth (1 Corinthians 3:9). We’ve largely chosen people who have been rock stars in the Christian faith: Thecla from the Book of Acts,...

May 03, 2018 - Amy Norton

Anyone familiar with the story of Sweeney Todd? He's a character out of a Victorian penny dreadful series, who partnered with a cunning yet financially-struggling pie-shop owner to murder various members of the upper-class and dispose of their bodies by baking them into pies. There's some suspicion that his character could also be based on legends of dubious pie fillings, cannibalistic proletariat, and barber-surgeons...