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  • December 6, 2021Further Thoughts on Jacob
    Barbara Bowyer writes: This past Sunday, the Adult Forum continued its Advent study under the guidance of Pastor Travis. Our reading for the day was Genesis 32: 22-32, where Jacob wrestles all night with God. Unlike the WWE, however, this was not entertainment-based performance theater, featuring storyline-driven, scripted and partially choreographed matches. The struggle was real; I ima …
  • December 6, 2021What Christmas means to you
    Is there a Christmas or Advent song that is especially meaningful to you? How does music shape our experience of Advent and how does this sense of anticipation shape Christmas?Please consider sending a short reflection to timwoodcock AT speedpost.net. Reflections will either run as individual blog posts or be compiled in a longer post combining several reflections. 
  • November 27, 2021Reflections from "the dear green place"
    Tim Woodcock writes: As the dust settles on the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, it is clear that this was not landmark event that many where hoping for. The Glasgow Climate Pact nudged humanity in the right direction, but it’s hard to characterize it as anything other than “too little, too late.” Sadly the talks in Glasgow will not earn the city a place in the history books as th …
  • October 27, 2021There is a balm in … Forest Park
    Click here to enjoy a blog post by Ellen Schroeder, originally published on the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy’s website. It describes Ellen's experience of Forest Park as a sacred place.
  • October 27, 2021Fire at Holy Corners
    Tim Woodcock writes: Last week I started to make some notes for a blog post about the gorgeous vacant church at the corner at Kingshighway and Washington, which I have long admired and been puzzled by. I was intrigued by the recent addition of a sign outside the Second Baptist church that says a national Gospel Hall of Fame is “coming soon.” But early on Tuesday morning, a fire swept thr …
  • October 13, 2021To Andy … with thanks
    Vickie Robinson writes: It’s funny how news can change our lives in an instant. There is always joy, sadness, and uncertainty in the news. The news of my coworker’s new role at a new congregation in Colorado brought to mind feelings of joy and sadness. The more I wrestled with my feeling of sadness, the more I remembered all the times this coworker took me under his wings during my times …
  • September 30, 2021How Blessed You Are
    Vickie Robinson writes: When I watch the world around me slowly repair itself, and life as we once knew it returns to the world, I am forever grateful and thankful for every single time when the news reminds me of the staggering numbers of Covid cases, catastrophic events, and the number of Afghan refugees and migrants trying to cross the border. Knowing this, I have realized how blessed …
  • August 29, 2021The Lord's Prayer and Me (by Cheryl Sharpe)
    Cheryl Sharpe writes: My first exposure to the Lord’s Prayer was not in church. When I was in elementary school, I woke up every weekday morning to the sound of local talk radio station, KMOX-AM. My bedroom was right across the hall from the kitchen, where my parents’ old-fashioned radio was always turned on at the crack of dawn. When it was time for me to wake up and get ready for schoo …
  • August 26, 2021"Deliver us from evil" – using a high-flying robe
    During the Aug. 13 outdoor service in Tower Grove Park, Pastor Travis preached and led a discussion about the closing phrase in the Lord’s Prayer, “deliver us from evil.” A key part of the discussion focused on how we envision evil. Do we chiefly see evil as the systems and forces that shape our actions, something akin to the “principalities and powers” that Paul writes about his letter …
  • August 5, 2021The Lord's Prayer from multiple angles
    Tim Woodcock writes: As a complement to Pastor Travis’s sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer, I’ve been listening to a short series of reflections that similarly approaches the prayer, forensically and in sequence. It is part of a radio series called simply “The Essay,” something my wife pointed me toward, which was broadcast originally on BBC Radio 3 and is now available online. None of t …
  • July 1, 2021Stopping for a red light
    Tim Woodcock writes: I’ve been working my way through Thich Nhat Hanh’s wonderful little book How to Connect. It’s what I’ve come to think of as a “strong black coffee book” – something that needs to be taken slowly because it's a little too powerful to appreciate quickly.  Having just taken a road trip to Michigan and back, doing far more driving than ordinarily do in daily life, I …
  • June 9, 2021Mending Wall
     Mike Willock writes: “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” begins Robert Frost’s 1914 poem “Mending Wall.” In front of Second Church is such a wall. Built of massive white limestone blocks that match the sanctuary construction, it rises near the Westminster Place sidewalk to enclose the plaza in front of the sanctuary entrance. It was part of the original 1899-1900 construction. …
  • June 9, 2021Tickets, speed limits and prayer life
    Vickie Robinson writes: As I drove into work last week, I could see the driver behind me moving from one lane to the next.  Apparently, my driving speed and the other drivers wasn’t fast enough for her. As she tried on many occasions to intimidate me into driving faster, I continued to drive the speed limit. After about a mile, the driver quickly came around me, she failed to see the pol …
  • May 20, 2021Back in person!
     A collection of images from our first fully in-person service at Second Pres. in 14 months.(Photos by Don Cochran and Bruce Lowrie).
  • May 6, 2021Let the light shine in
     Tim Woodcock writes: One of the things I miss most about conventional, in-person church is the stained glass windows at 2nd Pres. Yes, the people, the music, the sermons, too. All that can be experienced in a modified form online. But not spending time among the glow of the stained glass has affected me more acutely than I would have guessed. During the last two Sundays I found myself i …
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