Posts from 2019

Posts from 2019

WORK Out Your Own Salvation 

“. . . continue to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12 As I was preparing the sermon for Sunday on our text from 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, I thought, FINALLY . . . something I know a lot about! You see, the theme of this passage is work. Make no mistake—ministry is work. Yesterday afternoon, we had a work day at church and WOW . . . what a…

Politics and Pews

Tomorrow is Election Day, and our church is the precinct for our area, so today they will be here setting up the voting machines. Even though we see political ads constantly on TV and the Moultrie news has done a good job informing us about the local races, you may have noticed I have been silent in the pulpit regarding politics. It is not because I am afraid of sharing…

What will legacy will you leave behind?

This past Sunday was Stewardship Dedication Sunday and next Sunday, November 3rd, we will recognize our Palmetto Saints, following All Saints Day November 1st. When I was preparing the bulletin for next Sunday and going over our Necrology, I reflected on those very special folks who, while they were members of our church family, contributed so much to our ministry. Have…

Mike’s Monday Message – October 21, 2019

Each Sunday in October we have had “Stewardship talks” during worship. Yesterday, Matt Turner gave an inspiring talk using a unique definition for stewardship. “Stewardship is organizing your life so God can spend you.” I was so intrigued by this that I went online to see if I could find out more…

Let Your Light Shine

Sunday’s text was that short passage in Mark 4 about light and giving, which at first glance, the two “themes” don’t seem to go together. I admit the sermon yesterday was not a deep theological treatise. But based on the responses I received, the simple idea of each of us bringing a little light into the world seemed to resonate with our congregation. During stewardship…

The Call to Follow Jesus

Sunday’s sermon from Luke has the disciples asking Jesus to increase their faith because by chapter 17, which was our text on Sunday, the disciples realize it is HARD to follow Jesus—frankly, Jesus demands too much of his followers. Today I attended a luncheon at First Scots Presbyterian, where Dr. Tony Campolo was the guest speaker. He, too, was talking about following…

Ministry Together

This coming Sunday is World Communion Sunday, the day we gather with other (but certainly not All) churches around the world to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. At our church we will also have a congregational meeting to elect elders to serve in the class of 2022, and we will elect five persons to serve on the 2020 nominating committee. In addition, we will be lining up…

Wheeling and Dealing for Jesus 

This past Sunday we examined the parable of the shrewd manager (steward), and even after reading the commentaries and preaching on the text, I am still not sure what Jesus was teaching with this story. I do know talk of money, especially when it involves wheeling and dealing makes some folks in church uncomfortable. I wonder if even those of us who are good and faithful…

Responding to the Hurricane

In response to Hurricane Dorian, offerings collected during our 9:00 Faith Formation classes from September through December will go to PDA hurricane relief. We had a special offering yesterday in worship and our generous congregation gave $4,045.00 which will go directly to PDA. In addition some of our members gave directly to PDA’s website. Helping local hurricane…

Hurricane Dorian Leaves Winds of Gratitude

I hope you all survived the storm without too much damage. I think it is safe to say that even though there has been a LOT of minor wind and water damage, and many of us are exhausted from the hard work of cleaning up after the storm, we have much to be grateful for. The question now is “How do we show our gratitude?” Certainly we offer prayers of gratitude on our own…

Faith Formation for All Ages

I am holding the fancy brightly colored handout Gloria has just printed out listing all the MANY faith formation opportunities Palmetto is offering for fall beginning this coming Sunday, September 8th. There is literally something for all ages during different days and times on Sunday and throughout the week. This brightly colored handout is more than just an attractive…

When you don’t know what to say . . .

Saturday I attended our annual Presbytery gathering STEPS, where the whole presbytery comes together at MPPC for workshops, worship and fellowship.    One class I attended discussed what to say and not to say in challenging situations. Too often, even though we care, we don’t say or do anything because we are afraid we will say or do the WRONG thing. In a congregation…

Thoughts and Prayers

In this age of “political correctness,” I guess it is no longer meaningful to tell someone you care about and who has experienced some set back, like illness or the loss of a loved one, “they are in your thoughts and prayers.” I am a card writer and note sender and I pay attention to the ‘”complementary close,” that phrase that comes before the signature. I don’t toss…

Proclaiming the Good News

“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.” Luke 8:1 “I bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all people.” Luke 2:10 Last week, we took our grandchildren to Atlanta and went to the World of Coke. At the beginning of the tour, we saw a brief six minute video. I have to tell you it was…

Why Religion?

In Christian Century magazine there was a review of Elaine Pagels’ book, “Why Religion?”  It is a great book title, but more importantly it is a question each of us in the church, each of us who identify ourselves as Christians, should ask. Why religion . . . In a time when we hear over and over again the phrase “I am spiritual but not religious,” those of us who ARE…

Undercurrents

I was out boating with friends a few weeks ago, and we rode by the breach inlet between IOP and Sullivan’s Island. Every time I go by there, I think of the dangerous undercurrents, even when the water “appears” to be calm. Those undercurrents remind me of our church this summer.  One may ride by Palmetto and think things are “calm”—but man, the undercurrent is moving…

Are WE Good Samaritans?

This Sunday the sermon is the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). A man helps someone in need from a different culture. Often when this story is told the question asked is “Who is my neighbor?”  We are now in the midst of our SOS mission for July (Sunday of Socks), collecting books and socks for Hands of Christ. We will be hosting this mission…

“It will knock your socks off!”

In the summer I like to wear driving shoes and no socks. It shocked one little girl at church when she saw the preacher didn’t have his socks on! It is my choice not to wear socks sometimes, but sadly there are children in our greater Charleston community who don’t have a choice—they don’t have any  socks . . . or new pants . . . or shirts or shoes to wear…

Doing A New Thing

 “See, I am about to do a new thing, Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?  Isaiah 43:19 One of the joys of doing ministry at Palmetto is our willingness to allow the Holy Spirit’s leading as we try new things. Last year when we started “Second Sundays” we had no idea how well they would be received, but I am pleased to say they have become a wonderful way for…

Mid Year Report

Mike’s Monday Message 6-10-19 Mid-Year report . . . How are we doing? It’s June and now is a good time to pause and reflect on our ministry so far in 2019: First, Thank you to all who helped to make Pentecost Sunday such a spirit filled day! We  now have our turquoise table set up outside on the corner, and I feel confident our friends in Carolina Park will begin to…

The Turquoise Table

This week we introduce the TURQUOISE TABLE after weeks of giving you hints about just what this means to our church and to the community. We like to promote Palmetto as the community church for Carolina Park; and sitting here on the corner and offering a place for gathering, hosting community events, and being friendly with our neighbors does make us a vital part of the…

Ten Ways to Answer God’s Call

I believe sometimes we like to think that God calls us just for dramatic, life-changing accomplishments, when really we are all called to work together to carry out God’s will. That means we share in the little things that make up ministry. Yesterday we sang the hymn “Here I am, Lord,” and while it is true this hymn is almost always sung at ordination…

Speaking the Truth in Love

As one who talks for a living and as one who tends to be TOO truthful when asked my opinion about something, the Holy Spirit was working on me this morning for sure! First thing this morning I had an e-mail from Harriett Faris giving me a link to the summer small group class she will be leading at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays here at the church. It is called “I Said This,…
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