Posts by Pastor Phil Konz

Thanksgiving

There is a reason why a day of Thanksgiving is celebrated late in the fall. In Canada it is celebrated in October. In the USA, it is celebrated in November. For both countries it is related to the harvest season. Once the harvest is in, it is appropriate to celebrate the harvest itself. Some years…

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What’s on your mind?

Preachers often preach “fire and brimstone” sermons. The most famous sermon of the First Great Awakening in America was entitled“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The Second Great Awakening made frequent use of the mourners’ bench where “sinners” in need of repentance were placed just below the preacher’s podium and they were supposed to…

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Resurrection Living

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The entire month of May will be part of the Easter season this year. The understanding is that we cannot celebrate adequately nor fully convey the meaning of the Resurrection in just one day. The Easter season is seven weeks, ending with the celebration of Pentecost. Sometimes I struggle to find words that fully convey…

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Remembering Dust, Celebrating Life

At the Ash Wednesday Service I imposed ashes on foreheads using the traditional words, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” The next day I realized just how important it is to remember that we are dust when I was found unconscious on the sidewalk outside the church office. While I still do not have a…

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The Epiphany of a New Year

The Epiphany of a new year It is not often that Epiphany (January 6) falls on a Sunday. On Epiphany the Christian Church traditionally remembers the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem. They followed the star in the hope of finding the one who was born King of the Jews. They knew…

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Breaking Out Of the Zone

Breaking Out of the Zone The routines of the school year are dropped every summer.  New routines may be established for continuing education.  Even for those who are not controlled by school schedules summer is a time for changing up the routines with vacations and other outings. It is important for each of us to…

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