- January 25, 2023God left us a greeting card this morning
It’s just an old dog dish. Our dogs are long gone. We leave it on the patio as a rain gauge and for birds and squirrels to drink. But this morning the overnight snowfall and the warming day combined for a moment to create a joyful work of art, one that could not be sculpted by human hands.God left us a greeting card this morning. It will soon be gone. Beauty is all around us if we take t …
- January 5, 2023Happy New Year. I’ve got this. – God
(photo and caption by Mike Willock)
- December 22, 2022Star of Wonder, Star of Night – a guest blog post by Andrew Davis
This talk was given in a recent chaplaincy assembly by Dr. Andrew Davies, a colleague of mine at St. Louis Priory School. Andrew has a background in astrophysics and he uses this knowledge to underpin his talk which encouraged students to think about what their guiding light is. This talk was so powerful that I thought it deserved a greater audience beyond those in the school community. …
- December 14, 2022It's Better to Give Than to Receive
Vickie Robinson (formerly 2PC's office administrator) writes: Since the Thanksgiving Holiday is over, my focus has now shifted to the excitement and joys of the upcoming Christmas and New Year's Holidays. My mind is forever filled with those who are not so fortunate, who cannot enjoy either holidays or life in general. During the pandemic, I was blessed with my position at 2PC …
- November 23, 2022Help, Thanks, Wow
Tim Woodcock writes: Back in the summer, I read Annie Lamott’s Help, Thanks, Wow – Three Essential Prayers, mentioned in a previous blog post. While I appreciated certain passages in this 100-page book in it but wasn’t sold it on it as a whole. Before returning it to the library, I made a photocopy of the section about giving thanks, thinking I might be more in the mood for it at another …
- November 9, 2022"Our parents in faith are watching"
"Our parents in faith are watching" – photo taken by Mike Willock, in the portrait lounge during the Christian Forum meeting prior to the Nov. 6 All Saints Day morning service.
- November 9, 2022"Good morning, world. Rise and shine."
Photo by Mike Willock
- November 4, 2022Pachamama Pondering, 2022
A poem written by Ellie Stock, reflecting on recent events and connecting the recent mass shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts HS with other pandemic violence plaguing Earth and all that is in it. Pachamama is a figure in Native American spirituality, analogous to Mother Earth.PACHAMAMA PONDERING, 2022 One more time the alarm shrieks! (Ironically, paralleling folks’ being a …
- October 20, 2022"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Photo contributed by Mike Willock
- October 13, 2022"High on the vast blue canvas, clouds curl, float."
The "Indian summer" rolls on with temperatures in the 60s and 70s and sometimes even the 80s, deep into October. (For now, gardeners have been spared the dreaded the first frost).In that connection, a colleague of mine at school, John Mohrmann, circulated this poem about being grounded. He writes that he choose the poem because of its reference to late summer in the first line, …
- 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 …