by Sean K. Heroism is one of those traits that is held on high, a pinnacle that one might think is only reached by the likes of Achilles or Aeneas. We have our national heroes, the Founding Fathers like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin, the other great Presidents like Lincoln and F. D. R. and some of this country’s finest athletes, artists, and social actors. When I was little sportsmen like Michael Jordan and Kerry Wood were my heroes, men who defied the boundaries of their bodies and set records that seemed impossible to many before them. Many of us probably see President Obama in this same heroic light, a man who helped lead our country out of the Recession and brought about positive change for millions of Americans. [...]
by Kelly B. I absolutely love this time of year. I love the look of a house decked out in a Clark Griswold-like fashion. I love loading the pre-sets in my car to Sirius-XM “Holly,” the Christmas station. (To which my daughter, Cadence, thought was a channel dedicated to our pastor.) But most of all, I love the weeks leading up to Christmas. There is just something magical in the waiting. I remember as a child sitting in my church watching as each candle on the Advent wreath is lit. I knew that the special pink candle meant that Christmas was very near! Although, when you are young, waiting is excruciating! [...]
by Michelle B. One of my favorite musicals is Fiddler on the Roof. I love the song “Tradition”. The story is ultimately about traditions and family and identity. How much are we a slave to our traditions? How much do traditions strengthen ourselves and our communities? I’m writing this the day after Thanksgiving. Yesterday, my family ran the Parkville Turkey Trot 5K, went to Starbucks afterwards, and we hosted my parents and brother’s family. It’s a nice tradition. Prior to this tradition, we celebrated Thanksgiving at Jonathan’s fraternal grandmother’s house. [...]
by Diana S. This time, I’ll tell you a story about Irma. You remember Hurricane Irma? About ten weeks and four disasters or so ago? I’ll start by telling you how many times I postponed the trip to South Florida to check in on my mom. [...]
by Peggy D. I remember from one of Holly’s previous sermons, a statement and I’m paraphrasing; “you become like the people you surround yourself with.” I often think of that statement when reflecting on gratitude for others. I also reflect on that same statement when we’ve been talking about our saints and our call to become our best selves. [...]
By Brandon P. The text said they were squatting in an empty house behind 18th and Quindaro. On one corner was the long abandoned Quindaro State Bank, built to last forever. Across the street we narrowed it down to two likely candidates. It turned out to be the second one, the one with the chain link fence around the old, poorly constructed and formless house in what appeared to be the backyard of another. A dim light shone behind the sheet that covered the windows on the second floor. We opened the gate, pushed aside the tattered sheet and knocked on the warped, poorly fitted and unpainted door. [...]
by Mary Z. We are so blessed at Peace Church to be continually creating a compassionate community that embraces social action while at the same time strives to be thoughtful, reverent and reflective. We find and pursue concrete ways to promote social justice grounded in the principles of our faith. We make missteps along the way. We learn. We try to repair. We forge ahead. Our endeavors are fragile yet vital. [...]
by John J. Lately, I have come to count on spirited people. You know the ones I mean around Peace Church. They seem to always “be there” with ever present optimism, joy, and generosity. Most churches only have one or two of these folks, but Peace Church is blessed with many. In many cases they are the doers, showing up early for every single event, getting things ready, and then staying late to break it all down. There are others who put their backs into just one or two things, but who do it with such passion and commitment that it elevates the whole group or event. Some are doing tasks that are visible to all of us, and some are quietly making big contributions behind the scenes. They truly are the lifeblood of the church, and they make things so much better for the rest of us including the staff. [...]
by Viannella H. Have you seen the news lately? Any news? It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen one television channel versus another, or read one newspaper versus another, or seen the social media posts and emails. One thing is certain: there is a lot of hurt right now. Unfortunately, hurting is not new. [...]
by Judy B. This has been a busy few months. We moved at the end of July to a house under renovation. The boys and I are still sharing a bathroom and didn't have a kitchen sink until about a week ago. None of the doors have knobs. The garage is full of tile and wallboard and all kinds of rubble. We are digging out of the mess, and are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel--but it has been an all-consuming project. [...]
by Claire Schreiber This past week has pushed me around and tested me in ways I have never experienced. Stress from my classes, exams, living situation, friendships, internship opportunities, faith, the government, you name it, have dominated my thoughts for the past seven days. I’ve cried and screamed and cried some more as one responsibility or assignment was piled on top of all the others and my sleep deprived self wasn’t emotionally or physically able to handle it. I only got through by prioritizing tasks, buckling down, and working on things till they were finished, only allowing a few moments to hold my head in my hands before moving on to the next thing. I also just had to accept that some things were just not going to come together and get done. [...]
by Nancy P.
I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:4We don’t know a lot about the people to whom Paul was writing in the city of Corinth. However, we do know that the people struggled sometimes with getting along with each other. [...]