Musings and Meditations

Give Thanks for Tomorrow

“Give Thanks for Tomorrow” What gift can we bring, what present, what token? What words can convey it, the joy of this day? When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, what song can we offer in honor and praise?   “There’s always this year” said one of the banners which hung over Progressive Field last Tuesday…

Give Thanks for the Now

“Give Thanks for the Now” What gift can we bring, what present, what token? What words can convey it, the joy of this day? When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, what song can we offer in honor and praise?   It is one of the challenges of our human condition that we are creatures who…

Give Thanks for the Past

“Give Thanks for the Past What gift can we bring, what present, what token? What words can convey it, the joy of this day? When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, what song can we offer in honor and praise?   Jan Braund is one of our oldest living members – she and Laverne Van Bergan…

What Gifts Can We Bring?

“What Gifts Can We Bring?” The hymn that serves as the inspiration for this year’s Stewardship Campaign theme, “What Gift Can I Bring?” was written in 1980 by Jane Marshall in celebration of the Northaven United Methodist Church’s twenty-fifth anniversary.   Marshall, a member of that Dallas, Texas, area congregation for many years and a…

Guided By Goals

At our most recent Church Council meeting, held on Tuesday, April 19, lay and clergy leaders of Wooster United Methodist Church adopted the following churchwide goals which were brought to our attention by Charlie Brain, chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee: To strengthen all three existing services of worship while also creating opportunities to…

Many Gifts, One Spirit

The hymn “Many Gifts, One Spirit” has been occupying my attention these past few weeks and days. Written by Al Carmines on a commission from the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, this song was first sung in October of 1973 at the Assembly of United Methodist…

The Church’s Most Important Issue

Here’s my lead article for the October, 2015, edition of the Circuit Rider. Feel free to respond! As The United Methodist Church moves through the remainder of this year and on into 2016 (a General Conference year), it’s important that we keep in mind our primary task both as a denomination and as a congregation,…

We’re Live!

It is so exciting to see this new website come to life, giving us so many more opportunities to share the Good News of God’s love for all people with the people of Wooster United Methodist Church and the surrounding community. Indeed, with the Web, we are able to speak and share with folks all…

See you soon!

We’re about to go live with the new website, and about this I’m really excited. This promises to be a great way to keep in touch with one another, and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, and of Wooster United Methodist Church, all across the congregation and community, indeed, all around the world!…

Take Note and Make Room!

This is just the first of what I hope are many entries in this new Pastor’s blog which I want to call “Musings and Meditations.” I hope to make these occasional entries ones which will reflect on the moments in my life when I most especially feel the presence of God, hear the voice of…