Pastor Note #79: Families in the Holiday Crucible

Families are paradoxes.  On the one hand, family relationships can be the source of the greatest comfort, strength, and stability in our lives.  On the other hand, -- who doesn’t know what’s coming next – family relationships can be the source of the greatest heartbreak, sadness, and anxiety of anything in our lives.  No other … Continue reading Pastor Note #79: Families in the Holiday Crucible

Sermon #52–The People of the Presence of God

  "The People of the Presence of God: a Christmas Sermon" Human beings are made for God.  That isn't a widely acknowledged truth.  It certainly isn't the mainstream view in Western culture, but it's the truth just the same.  We're designed for relationship with God, and that truth is nowhere more clearly expressed than in … Continue reading Sermon #52–The People of the Presence of God

Pastor Note #27 — Are You Ready?

ARE YOU READY? Rev. Gary Chorpenning northprespastor@stny.rr.com It isn’t really supposed to be a happy season – Advent isn’t.  But we have tended to make it that way.  Well, who can blame us?  Our world has been feeling rather grim lately.  Who could blame us for grabbing hold of any little occasion for happiness we … Continue reading Pastor Note #27 — Are You Ready?