Pastor Marisa


Waiting and Preparing for Christmas

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”[a] 29 But she was much […]

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Eat, Pray, Vote

A Reflection on Voting this November with a personal testimony: “How Transgender People have changed my life.” As the November election day comes up, we’ll be hearing more about candidates and issues, policies and ballot initiatives – and I want to put in my plug to you for being sure you cast your vote. The […]

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Festival of Homiletics: Preaching and Politics

You may know that in May I went to the Festival of Homiletics, a weeklong chance for preachers to gather from all over the country to learn from the best!  I got to hear fabulous sermons preached 2-3 times/day, with additional lectures each day on preaching.  Lots of worship, and so much time with other […]

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Embodying God’s Promise to the World

The world is a hurting place. As I write this, there have been yet more school shootings, more tragic confrontations between black and white people in our country, more undocumented immigrants coming into sanctuary to keep their families together, more violence along the Palestinian-Israeli border, peace on the edge of a knife in North & […]

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New Possibilities

I am anticipating with a palpable thirst the first blooms of spring, which as of this writing are not yet here.  The first golden yellow of forsythia, the rose red of the crab apple trees, white and coral of the dogwoods, the white-purple of the magnolias, the lavender pink of the red bud trees, the […]

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Hymn of Promise

One of my favorite hymns, “Hymn of Promise” was composed by Natalie  Sleeth for her husband, who died just after she finished it: In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a […]

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