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  • October 29, 2020"Show Up" – The poetry of Joe Davis
    Claudia Wall, a 2PC member who also spends a significant amount of time with family in Minneapolis, dropped our humble blog a line to recommend the work of Joe Davis, a poet in residence at Westminster Presbyterian in Minneapolis. Here is a video of Joe performing his poem Show Up, which starts:“We are called to this place and this season.You may not yet know the time and reason.You may …
  • October 24, 2020The place where all the beauty comes from
    Mike Willock writes: I was struck by the opening lines of the October 18 worship service."It was when I was happiest that I longed most…The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing…to find the place where all the beauty came from.” – C. S. LewisAt the end of the Forest Park prayer service on October 11, my eye was caught by flashes of magenta in the grass at my feet, l …
  • October 14, 2020The last rose of summer?
    A photo snapped by Mike Willock in front of the church this weekend: And some lines from the poem "The Last Rose of Summer" by Thomas Moore (1779-1852)'Tis the last rose of Summer,   Left blooming alone;All her lovely companions   Are faded and gone;No flower of her kindred,   No rose-bud is nigh,To reflect back her blushes  Or give sigh for sigh!
  • October 9, 2020God wrestling
    Tim Woodcock writes: At the weekend we attended a (virtual) Bat Mitzvah for our niece. One of the many fascinating parts of the service was when the rabbi addressed the congregation as “God wrestlers.” What an intriguing phrase! It sent me down a rabbit hole of research that I’m not going to recount here. But wouldn’t it be interesting if Christian congregations started using that phrase …
  • September 26, 2020Gathering in Forest Park
     On a recent Sunday, with near perfect fall weather,  2PC held three simultaneous outdoor church services at various locations, including this one in Forest Park (pictured above) and Tower Grove Park (below).This Sunday – Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. – there will be another evening prayer service but with a single location. Folks will gather at the top of Shakespeare Glen, near the Art Museum, and …
  • September 13, 2020A Blessing for the New School Year
    A Blessing for the New School Year (a collage of lines written by 7th grade students) May you wake up to your alarm clock on time And may your laptop be charged and ready to go. May you be organized and prepared for class. May all your school days be productive.   May your mask be comfy. May your friends wash their hands properly. May you remember your locker combination And may your wif …
  • July 31, 2020The Whole Armor of God
    During a recent Sunday morning Bible study on the book of Ephesians, the conversation turned to the sustenance the people drew from the church's stained glass windows. Below is an expanded version of Don Cochran's thoughtful contribution to the conversation.Don Cochran writes: When I first started worshipping at Second, I was puzzled by the military figure in the circular windo …
  • July 31, 2020Black Lives Matter – a silent vigil
    Nancy Quigley writes: In these times of noisy and chaotic protests about policing and the loss of Black lives, I attended a vigil at Peace UCC last week, in Webster Groves, and found it to be a good alternative to the protests, a way to be present and “say their names” without worrying about violence or virus.  Peace has been holding a Friday evening vigil for a couple of months.  The vi …
  • July 28, 2020The value of virtual coffee shops
    David Justice, a PhD student at. St. Louis University, whose work is centered on Martin Luther King Jr., reflects on a way he has found to cultivate a scholarly community during the pandemic. One way that I've been staying connected during this pandemic has been a virtual writing group hosted through an organization called the Political Theology Network. Though the group got going p …
  • July 22, 2020"Good trouble" – remembering John Lewis
    Tim Woodcock writes: With the recent death of Rep. John Lewis, my mind keeps on coming back to graphic novel series March that tells Lewis’s life story and unpacks his philosophy of agitating for civil rights and causing what he called “good trouble.” It is now on my nightstand, waiting to be reread.The March series, published between 2013 and 2016, was written as a collaboration between …
  • June 29, 2020More music alone and together
    Some more on emerging ways of making musicNancy Quigley came across this beautiful contemporary piece of classical music, which she recommends: Sphinx Virtuosi – Elegy: In memoriam – Stephen Lawrence. The title of the piece of music refers to Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old Black Briton, who was murdered in 1993 in an unprovoked and racially motivated attack.Despite the frustration of c …
  • June 28, 2020Spotlight on Leah and Andy
    The Post-Dispatch has produced a series of videos profiling its staff talking about stories that they have covered that are especially meaningful for them. On Friday the spotlight fell on 2nd Pres's  Leah Thorsen, who has been at the Post for 15 years and currently works as a business reporter.Also, on a related note, if you've not seen it already, be sure to catch 2nd Pres …
  • June 18, 2020Life in a hard place
    Photo by Mike Willock
  • June 16, 2020Devote Yourself to Something That Can Help
    Barbara Bowyer writes: During this week’s sermon (Sunday, June 14) Pastor Travis encouraged each of us to get involved in current events. He went on to acknowledge that, for many of us, marching in the streets during this time of pandemic is not a viable option. Frankly, I count myself among those who are hesitant to take to the streets. We realize that our age puts us at higher risk to …
  • June 15, 2020A place near your altar
    Even the sparrow has found a home,    and the swallow a nest for herself,    where she may have her young—a place near your altar,    Lord Almighty, my King and my God. (Psalm 84:3)Well, this is a mourning dove rather than a sparrow or a swallow.The birds were spotted and photographed by both Mike Willock and Nathan Schroeder during recent visits to church, tucked up safely by the east s …
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