Pastor’s Message May 2021

I Don’t Know How to Pray as I Should We have heard great news over the last month.  The vaccinations are working, and the infection rate has dropped precipitously.  The great news that came that the restrictions will be lifted, hopefully in June, and we will be free to re-gather.  Later this month we will [...]

By | 2021-05-01T11:07:45-07:00 April 30th, 2021|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message May 2021

Pastor’s Message April 2021

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’ Tony Campolo tells of a sermon he heard by an African-American preacher that went on for almost an hour using a variation on just one sentence, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’.”  The pastor would describe a dark, dire situation that seemingly had no escape and then proclaim “It’s Friday, but [...]

By | 2021-05-01T11:14:11-07:00 March 30th, 2021|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message April 2021

Pastor’s Message March 2021

When Will It All End? This is a question that pops into my head on a regular basis.  This long year has been stressful in so many ways, but the biggest one for me has been trying to figure out the path we need to follow to get back to normal.  As I have told [...]

By | 2021-02-26T15:10:59-07:00 February 26th, 2021|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message March 2021

Pastor’s Message February 2021

What Do I Want to Be at TPC? In the January Parish Press, I wrote about what we wanted Tustin Presbyterian Church to be like when we re-gather.  Over this last month, in our worship service, I have been explaining the three ways that God calls to us, to be Reconciled to God, to be [...]

By | 2021-02-02T21:40:15-07:00 February 2nd, 2021|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message February 2021

Pastor’s Message January 2021

What Do We Want to Be in 2021?  When 2020 started for me in Istanbul on my way to Uganda, little did I know that it would end with stay at home orders and an inability to celebrate Christmas in person with the people I love at TPC.  When the shutdown happened, I kept thinking [...]

By | 2021-01-12T12:20:55-07:00 January 12th, 2021|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message January 2021

Pastor’s Message December 2020

What to Do About Christmas??? A few years back I ran across this sermon by Rev. Paul Larsen, an ELCA minister.  It was written for a Blue Christmas Service at his church to help people who had suffered a loss get through the Advent and Christmas season.  As I re-read it, it struck me that [...]

By | 2020-11-30T10:41:21-07:00 November 30th, 2020|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message December 2020

Pastor’s Message November 2020

Thanksgiving ???? What a year this has been.  When we started, things were looking good for us.  We were trying out new ways to reach out to our community.  Our Spanish service had launched, and we were preparing to invite our neighbors to join us as we celebrated our Lord’s resurrection.  Then our world was [...]

By | 2020-10-29T12:17:50-07:00 October 29th, 2020|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message November 2020

Pastor’s Message October 2020

Now More Than Ever Over these last few months, as the world limped by, I have found myself struggling with despair. I watched as a microscopic virus ground the world to a halt.  People lost their jobs, business collapsed, people died, and I was prohibited from being with people that I love and deeply care [...]

By | 2020-10-12T10:50:01-07:00 October 12th, 2020|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message October 2020

Pastor’s Message September 2020

WHAT’S UP WITH STEVE’S HAIR? You may have noticed, as you watch the weekly services, that my hair is getting rather long. In fact, it is longer than it has ever been in my life, and it is now longer than my wife’s hair. You may have wondered why. When the hair salons and barbershops [...]

By | 2020-10-12T10:50:37-07:00 October 12th, 2020|Pastor, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message September 2020

Pastor’s Message August 2020

How Long, O Lord?   How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? Psalm 13:1-2 (NRSV)   I don’t know about you, but I find that David’s [...]

By | 2020-10-12T10:36:23-07:00 October 12th, 2020|Pastor|Comments Off on Pastor’s Message August 2020