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  • September 5, 2022Some of my favorite things
    As Maria sang in The Sound of Music, "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…" Photo taken outside the front of the church by Mike Willock after the food pantry on Saturday. 
  • August 25, 2022Table Talk
    During Sunday's service, which held outdoors at Tower Grove Park, the theme was tables – a rich image if ever there was one – and as part of the service we read a poem by 2nd Pres member Ellie Stock (written in 2008).It's an expansive poem that explores that literal and metaphorical tables in our lives, held together with the refrain, "Here at the table – the table of our …
  • August 24, 2022Beauty finds a way
     An offering of beauty to the 2PC parking lot from our next door neighbors (photo by Mike Willock)
  • July 10, 2022Private prayer, public prayer
    Tim Woodcock writes:  There was a very interesting guest essay in the New York Times by Anne Lamott headlined “I Don’t Want to See a High School Football Coach Praying at the 50-Yard Line” responding to the recent Supreme Court Case. Hopefully you can read it here, but that depends on whether you have subscription and/or how many other NY Times articles you’d read this month: Lamott does …
  • June 8, 2022The Wonder of Widgets – an exploration of Working Genius
    Tim Woodcock writes: At recent church retreat for session members, we explored in depth the Working Genius model, which previously been presented to us by Travis. It is partly a personality test and partly a tool for analyzing productivity, developed by Patrick Lencioni, a consultant for businesses and non-profits. If you’ve taken a Myers-Briggs test or something comparable before, the g …
  • May 27, 2022Reflections
    Mike Willock writes: Several weeks ago I was sitting in the hospitality room waiting for Barbara to finish a meeting when my eye was caught by the reflection of the window in the glass covering the table.That’s when I took this picture. The top three panes show the view looking through the window. What looks like three more panes at the bottom of the picture are actually the reflection o …
  • May 15, 2022Grace and a flat tire
     Mike Willock writes: You might very well ask, “What connection does grace possibly have to do with a flat tire?” Let me explain.Recently, I drove this car to St. Louis Area Foodbank in Maryland Heights to pick up 350 lb of food and bring it to the church. That’s a trip of about 50 miles, including long stretches of I-70 eastbound at 60+ mph in heavy traffic to Kingshighway, Page and Tay …
  • May 15, 2022In the bud there is a flower
    Photo contributed by Mike Willock
  • May 7, 2022To those displayed our wobbly papier-mache pencil holders on their desks
     Katy Gordon writes: Here are two poems in honor of Mother’s Day. The first poem offers a humorous look at the insight we gain as adults at the sacrifices our mothers made to bring us into the world and nurture us. Who has not done as the speaker of the poem here does – present our mothers with badly crafted gifts a camp counselor or teacher coaxed us into creating? (The popsicle-stick p …
  • April 25, 2022Poetry: "A Doorway into Thanks"
     Tim Woodcock writes: With National Poetry Month coming to an end, it’s time to share a poem by Mary Oliver that I had put aside and earmarked a few weeks back. Coincidentally, with Earth Day Sunday in mind, Mike Willock, had also sent me a reflection by Oliver about her relationship to nature, which I will incorporate into the second half of this blog post. I came across Mary Oliver …
  • April 17, 2022Happy Easter
    This poem called "Easter, Pandemic" was read in church as part of a recent service by church member Katy Gordon. The context: During Easter 2020 – early in the pandemic when things were in full lockdown and six-foot social distancing guidelines were in place – Katy decided to make muffins and to deliver them to various friends over Easter weekend. At JoAnn Ford's house, th …
  • April 12, 2022At the Cemetery
    During National Poetry Month, as a church community we are beginning to a collect and highlight a series of poems that are especially meaningful to us. Mike Willock would like to shine the spotlight on this poem by Lucille Clifton.Mike Willock writes: I learned about this poem from a Stephen Colbert interview with Elizabeth Alexander on April 7. Elizabeth composed “Praise Song for the Da …
  • March 21, 2022Always there … but hidden from view
    Mike Willock writes: Every now and then a passage of Scripture springs opens in a new way – revealing something that was always there but was somehow hidden from view. That happened to me as I read the March 18 devotion from Luther Seminary, which was the text that Travis preached on this Sunday. The passage was Luke 13:6-9 – the story of the man, the gardener, and the fig tree.Then Jesu …
  • March 16, 2022The Ides of March or Journey to the Cross?
    Ellie Stock has a piece that has just appeared in the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy e-newsletter and blog.She compares two deaths – that of Julius Caesar "dying as he tried on hold to power as Dictator for Life of the Roman Empire … his death leading to continuing intrigue, chaos, and power grabs" and that of "Jesus, dying also betrayed and abandoned by his closest foll …
  • March 16, 2022Trying to Get Ready for Spring
    As winter is slowly edged out by spring, here are two timely photos taken by Mike Willock in the church grounds recently, along his amusing captions.Thanks for the contribution, Mike."Even the downspouts are saying what they think about winter""I’m trying to get ready for spring."
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