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“From Easter to Pentecost” by Ken Carter

Bishop Ken Carter serves the United Methodist Church in Florida. I frequently follow his writings and postings. He has served pastorates in Winston-Salem and Charlotte. This post ends with Philippians 1:6,  “God who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it” the same verse I referenced in my prepared message last Sunday. I offer Ken’s words to you as a word or encouragement and challenge in this season between Easter and Pentecost. Blessings, Scott ” When we make a…

Partnering in the Ministry of the Gospel…Money and Meeting Room Makeovers

In his letter to the church at Philippians, the Apostle Paul refers to the church at Philippi as “partners in the ministry of the gospel”. I love that phrase! That’s truly what we are as a faith community. We are “partners in the ministry of the gospel” as we all offer our gifts, talents, abilities, and resources in sharing the good news of Christ and sharing the transformative power of the gospel. To “partner” means we need each other. It…

The Power of Imagination, Creativity, and Teamwork

This past Saturday was the Fall BBQ at Deep River Friends. Given the recent ice storm and the fact the meetinghouse didn’t have power, no one was really sure how this was going to be pulled off. We were supposed to start serving at 5pm. As of Saturday morning, the pork was ready and the weather was clear…but still no power. As the day unfolded, I began to witness an amazing display of creativity and ingenuity as those involved weren’t…

Checking Our Pulse

This Sunday, May 19, Deep River Friends will be having their congregational meeting in regards to our Pulse Check survey we took back in January. As you might recall, back in January we took a survey during meeting for worship that invited those attending to give responses to a variety of questions. We had good participation and great responses concerning how you all felt we could make Deep River Friends a better place to worship and serve. We have already…

“A Thanksgiving Prayer” by John Predmore, SJ

I’m Grateful God: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Everyone I’m grateful, God, for so many things. Now, I know I’m not the most grateful person you know, God, so let me take some time to tell you what I’m thankful for. I’m grateful, God, for the gift of life. Without you I wouldn’t be here. Without you nothing would be here. Without you nothing would be at all. I’m grateful for my parents, God. Even if they weren’t perfect, or completely…

Practicing Gratitude – A Week of “Thanksliving” (Scott’s Monday Message)

A few years ago I saw the word “thanksliving” rather then the more familiar term “thanksgiving”. It was a great reminder that giving thanks is a way of life and not just something we do once a year. Yesterday in my message I talked about the “ABC’s of Gratitude” and shared three very practical ways in which we can practice gratitude this week. When we practice gratitude, it engages and touches our hearts in such a way that we find…

“Investing In God’s Dream” by Scott

The following blog post is my lead article for our May newsletter.  In it I speak to the issue of stewardship and how it is a way of investing in God’s dream for all of creation.  You have probably heard of venture capital.  It is money that is invested in someone else’s dream. In other words, a person has a dream for a start-up business or they have a great idea for a project but they need money to get…

“Who do say that I am?”

This past Sunday my message centered around Jesus question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”  Jesus knew what the crowds were saying about him.  He knew what the legal experts and religious authorities were saying about him.  What he wanted to know is what his disciples had to say about him. He didn’t want them to simply repeat what others were saying.  Jesus wanted his disciples to look deep within and to speak from their heart.…

“What’s New With You?”

This past Sunday I spoke on Isaiah 43:18-19.  In that Scripture we read these words:  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”  This Scripture always lends itself well to the new year.  It speaks to the very things we think about when a new year begins…moving beyond the old year, forgetting what has happened, moving forward in life, embracing new beginnings.…

“An Introduction to Quaker Business Practice” by Eden Grace

The following is an excellent article by Eden Grace.  It gives a wonderful overview of Quaker business practice and what is at the heart of how we do business. An Introduction to Quaker Business Practice subcommittee meeting of the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the World Council of Churches Damascus, Syria March 2000 This paper is also published on the WCC web site as: http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/damascuspost-03-e.html This paper is intended as an introduction to how Quakers make decisions, and why…