Posts from December 2018

Posts from December 2018

Gratitude and Encouragement 

As I write my last Monday message for 2018, I want to leave you with two words: gratitude and encouragement. I am grateful for the many ways this congregation has supported our ministry. Church is people, not a place, and you all continue to make this a loving community where everyone is welcome. In January we will distribute our 2018 annual report and you can…

The Sounds of Christmas

In last week’s Mike’s Monday Message, I talked about seeing the light during this Advent/Christmas season. Today, I want to reflect on hearing the sounds of Advent and Christmas. At Palmetto we have been blessed with a wonderful music program with talented, committed leaders, musicians and singers! During this season of gift giving let us all be thankful for the gift of…

SEEING THE LIGHT

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.”   Isaiah 9:2 The first two Sundays in Advent were dark and rainy, so it was a joy to see the “light” on Sunday as the sun was shining and the decorations in the sanctuary were all aglow. Our choir presented their annual cantata, which always fills our hearts with the light of the season. Sometimes I wonder why we…

Church Christmas WISH LIST for 2018

Santa is not the only one making a list and checking it twice! I have made a Palmetto wish list, and I HOPE you will all read over my list and step up to make all my wishes come true . . . A good stewardship campaign that will fund our ministry for next year Cleaning out the church attic (Susan Lindstrom has taken this one on!) A nursery coordinator (this is a paid…

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

In Sunday’s sermon I tried to explain how difficult it is to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. I used a quote from the great Presbyterian preacher and author Fred Buechner, who said the kingdom is not so much a place as it is a condition. Then he said the kingdom is YOU . . . If we take that statement seriously, it causes us to shudder when we think of all the times…