Posts by palmettpres

Posts by palmettpres

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,…

A Theology of Second Sunday

In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” We have a Connections Team that does a wonderful job of getting our adults involved. How do we teach our children about the love of Jesus and make them feel connected also? This is where Second Sunday comes in . . . we have an…

Holy Week

  I suspect if you polled the folks in our congregation who are here for most services, they would not hesitate to say the Maundy Thursday cantata, TAPESTRY, is the most meaningful worship experience they have all year.   Yesterday was an energetic, fun, celebratory Palm Sunday, since it was also our SECOND SUNDAY and the children were in the service the whole…

Palm/Passion Sunday

This Sunday is our regular “Second Sunday” Intergenerational Worship Service, and it is also Palm Sunday. It is a festive day of worship with the children processing in with palm branches, but do you know why Palm Sunday is celebrated in the church? Palm Sunday is a moveable feast that always occurs on the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem…

Lenten Lessons

I have mentioned before how grateful I am to be in a faith tradition that recognizes the “seasons” of faith. I love that our worship and our fellowship events have a connection with the ebb and flow of the church calendar. Every year during Lent, I try to be intentional about Lenten disciplines, taking on some new mission or special ministry or giving up some minor thing,…

Sunday Brunch

Have you noticed how popular Sunday Brunch  is in Charleston these days?  It seems like every restaurant is offering a special Sunday Brunch Menu. There was a time when it seemed like ALMOST everyone went to church and ALMOST all churches had just one service, and ALMOST every church Sunday worship service was at 11:00 a.m. In “the good old days” the issue was…

Vision

“Where there is no vision, the people perish . . .” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) My calling as a pastor includes many things, but I see vision as an important aspect of my ministry as your pastor. I try to constantly put forth a vision, and then the session accepts the vision, or tweaks the vision, or says go back to the drawing board. When it became clear that we could not…

Entering the Season of Lent

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9   Just as those of us who live in a “seasonal” climate appreciate the difference in the temperatures and various activities we engage in during different times of…

Belonging

“In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  Romans 12:5 This Sunday (March 3) after worship our Connections Team is inviting our new folks and those who have been worshiping with us but have not joined to gather for lunch and fellowship and to ask questions about the church, our polity and theology. I hope that doesn’t scare…

Holy Day

Today is Presidents Day, so in America, today is a holiday. I did a word search and discovered, not surprisingly, that “holiday” comes from the Old English word Haligdaeg . . . holy day. It means any special day of rest or relaxation. What if we were intentional about making each holiday a ”holy day” by pausing to reflect on our many blessings, by giving…

Get Connected

Maybe one of the most crucial ministry teams in the church is our Connections Team. Not only do they help “new folks” connect with our ministry, they also keep up with our “Worship Plus Two “ forms and connect individuals to ministry teams or areas of  ministry in the church–like choir or small groups, men’s or women Bible studies, etc. We are blessed…

Whom Shall I Send?

Today, as  our nation remembers the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  I am sitting in my study reflecting on our ordination service yesterday and the sermon. It is encouraging to me to see how  God can take the most “unlikely” individuals and use them for a greater purpose. These unlikely “leaders” have very little in common: some are humble,…

Leadership

This Sunday we will ordain and install elders for the class of 2021, as well as two youth elders who will serve a one-year term. These folks have studied and prayed and committed to serving our congregation for the next three years. Ordination is a serious matter, and we are blessed to have these committed leaders. But every member of the church and all our friends of the…

Look to the STARS in 2019

  Yesterday at our Epiphany service, once again we received stars, and this year my “star word” for 2019 is JOY. I hope you are happy with the star word you received, and I hope you will put your star in a location you see often and it will “guide” you throughout this year. I admit, sometimes the words we receive are not what we would have chosen. In…

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…