Category Archives: Weekly Meditations

Saying Goodbye on the Journey of Faith

This Sunday we will read and reflect on Acts 20:17-38 where the apostle Paul stops to say goodbye to the elders of the church in Ephesus when he is on his final voyage to Rome.  Here is a copy of the email I sent out on Tuesday night announcing my retirement.

Dear St Andrew’s members and friends,

I turn 65 in September, and after much deliberation and prayer, I have decided it is time for me to retire after 32 years of ordained ministry. My extended family members: aging parents, ailing dog, patient wife, harried children and growing grandchildren want, and will benefit from, more of my time and attention.  September 25 will be my last Sunday in the pulpit.

 I know that some of you will be sad that I will no longer be your pastor, while others of you are ready for a change. I have spoken to the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry and they will appoint a liaison to work with you in finding new pastoral leadership.  Endings are hard, but they clear the way for new beginnings.  Through it all, our God is faithful.  

 I am grateful to have shared seven years of the journey of faith with you. My time at St Andrew’s has been very meaningful, and I will cherish the memories.

 with love in Christ, Ernie

SPIRIT OF HOLINESS

Psalm 98 concludes: “let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord, for God is coming to judge the earth. God will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”  This Sunday we will ponder the holiness of God, and the nature and purpose of God’s judgment, which is to refine, purify and “make things right.”  In a world where so much is wrong, it is good news to know that God will make things right in the end.

peace, Ernie

SPIRIT OF POWER

“A SPIRIT OF POWER, and of love, and of a sound mind”—that is what we need to keep walking in way of Jesus in a world filled with forces and powers that are hostile to the human flourishing that God desires.  The scriptures we will read and ponder are 2 Timothy 1:1-14 and Ephesians 6:10-20.  May God answer the prayer we pray each week, “Lord, deliver us from evil.”

peace, Ernie

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Pastor Ernie will be away on vacation enjoying God’s creation, exploring beautiful beaches and majestic redwoods, Monday, July 25 – Saturday, July 30 but will be there on Sunday to deliver this message.

THE SPIRIT CONSPIRACY

Will you be part of The Spirit Conspiracy?  This week we look at two of the scripture passages suggested by Brian McLaren in chapter 47 of We Make the Road By Walking:  Ephesians 5:15-6:9 and James 5:1-6.   And we will ponder how the Spirit of God subverts and transforms various social relationships from dominance to mutuality and love.

peace, Ernie

SPIRIT OF SERVICE

This Sunday we focus on the SPIRIT OF SERVICE, as we learn from Jesus’ example, shown in John 13:3-5,12-15 and Philippians 2:1-11.  “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” (Phil.2:5).  May we learn how to humbly serve one another in response to the self-giving love of Jesus.

peace, Ernie

SPIRIT OF UNITY AND DIVERSITY – GOD AS TRINITY

In Sunday worship and in our Thursday Bible studies for the next year we are studying scriptures suggested by Brian McLaren in his book, We Make the Road By Walking.  Our topic this week is Spirit of Unity and Diversity – God as Trinity, and our main text is John 17:1-23.  Together, we will explore how the church came to understand God as Triune (three-in-one) and how this “healing teaching began unleashing a revolution that is still unfolding today.” 

peace, Ernie

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SPIRIT OF LOVE: LOVING SELF TAKES WISDOM

In Sunday worship and in our Thursday Bible studies for the next year we will be studying scriptures suggested by Brian McLaren in his book, We Make the Road By Walking.  Our topic this week is Spirit of Love: Loving Self.  The scriptures McLaren suggests include two, Proverbs 4:1-27 and James 3:13-18, that speak of the importance of wisdom in our lives.  Without wisdom calls to love our self can lead us astray.  We need to make wise choices about how to love ourselves and our neighbors.  May the Spirit of God lead us to make wise and loving choices.

peace, Ernie

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SPIRIT OF LOVE: LOVING NEIGHBOR

In Sunday worship and in our Thursday Bible studies for the next year we will be studying scriptures suggested by Brian McLaren in his book, We Make the Road By Walking.  Our topic this week is Spirit of Love: Loving Neighbor.  We will read the amazing story in Act 10 where Peter is given a vision from God about including all in God’s family, which leads him to conclude, “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” (Acts 48:35-36).  May our hearts be as open as the heart of God! 

 peace, Ernie 

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SPIRIT OF LOVE: LOVING GOD

In Sunday worship and in our Thursday Bible studies for the next year we will be studying scriptures suggested by Brian McLaren in his book, We Make the Road By Walking.  This week, we will focus on Ephesians 3:14-21, one of the texts suggested for the topic Spirit of Love: Loving God.  We will reflect on what it means to love God and how we show our love for God.

peace, Ernie

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MOVING WITH THE SPIRIT

In Sunday worship and in our Thursday Bible studies for the next year we will be studying scriptures suggested by Brian McLaren in his book, We Make the Road By Walking.  This week, we will focus on Galatians 5:1,13-26 as the main text for our topic, Moving With the Spirit.  McLaren says, “We are surrounded with the aliveness of the Spirit.  All that remains is for us to learn how to let the Spirit fill, flow, and glow within us.”  May we learn how to move with the Spirit who leads us to walk in Christ’s Way.

Peace, Ernie

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