From Worship Experiences

Gardening Glove Protection

This morning at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, we had a lovely worship service.  We are starting to meet some people and they ask our names when they see us.  Our faces are familiar now.  We are enjoying the services there, especially the leadership of Dr. Joe Bettridge.  He tells everyone “Just call me Joe.”  This …

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Taking Sermons Personally

During my life as a pastor, I preached over 1,500 different sermons.  I preached on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and special holidays.  I preached at weddings and funerals and even in a few hospital rooms.  Each time I preached, I expected that whoever was in the congregation was listening and taking sermons personally. I try …

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Jonah and the Whale of a Tale

This morning at Friday Harbor Presbyterian we had a substitute preacher.  Dr. Joe Bettridge is on vacation and the Director of Youth Ministry, Sylvia Sullard, filled in.  She talked about the whale of a tale that you find in the book of Jonah. Sylvia gave a disclaimer at the beginning of the sermon that she …

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My First Love (Not Tom)

On Tuesday, Tom and I will be married 36 years.  We’ve had our ups and downs, but we stuck with each other through them.  I am thankful and blessed (and sometimes vexed) to be married to this wonderful man. But Tom is not my first love.  I was reminded of this at church this morning. …

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