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  • December 31, 2020An oldie but a goodie
    Tim Woodcock writes: It’s an oldie but a goodie. Here is Thomas Hardy’s poem “The Darkling Thrush,” which was written to mark not just the end of the year but also the end of the century (the 1800s): it’s an accumulation of darkness, counteracted by a glimmer of hope at the end. I remember first being introduced to it in high school but I hadn’t seen enough of life to really appreciate i …
  • December 24, 2020In the deepest darkness
     Tim Woodcock writes: I am just (re-)reading Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s book The First Christmas, which seeks to chip away at the sentimentality that surrounds Christmas and to rediscover the nativity stories in Matthew and Luke primarily as stories. Encountering this passage about why December 25 is the date on the calendar has become Christmas Day, I thought it would be wor …
  • December 9, 2020Carol of the bells – literally
    Marjie Smith shared this mighty impressive video of her daughter Carol Houghton performing the Carol of the Bells. It combines eight different tracks to create this virtuosic performance. Carol – along with Marjie’s other children, Sue, Sally, Kenneth III, Nancy, Joanne, and Patricia – grew up in Second Pres. Marjie notes that Carol was an accompanist of 2PC’s children's choir when …
  • December 6, 2020On the Day We are Together Again
    A haunting song recommended by Nancy Quigley, which she notes has "a lovely harmony and words of hope."
  • November 24, 2020Gratitude helps you see what's there…
    In this week of Thanksgiving, it thought it would be worth sharing this photo from a chalkboard at school (TW).
  • November 16, 202030 Days of Thanks Giving
    Barbara Bowyer, inspired by Pastor Travis’s Sunday sermon, writes:November has got to be one of my favorite months of the year. The weather is beautiful, the last days of fall are showing off their vibrant colors, and there’s a noticeable chill in the air. I especially love to walk in Forest Park and kick my feet through the leaves underfoot, making the most wonderful crunching noise. Th …
  • November 11, 2020Don't ever let go of the thread
    Nancy Quigley writes: Being read to, even as a grown up, is a lovely experience. I find this to be true especially with poetry, and the Christian Forum’s session on Sunday with Ann Asper Wilson and Ben Sandler was enriching and comforting. The focus was serenity, with a selection of six poems, some serious and thoughtful, and others, amusing. In rereading them later, I was drawn to …
  • November 6, 2020Patience is better than pride
    Tim Woodcock writes: While we wait for the election results, a word that has risen to new-found prominence is patience. I am sure that after the fact we could run a search on transcripts of all the news reporting and commentary from the last few days and see a massive spike in the use of the word. That led me to think, what exactly does the good book, have to say about patience? There’s …
  • 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 …
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