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  • 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 …
  • April 2, 2021Let the Earth Breathe
    Ellie Stock writes: I wanted to share with you a project that my daughter, Chenoa (who is a PCUSA Mission Co-worker in Peru), and I have been working on… Below is a link to a song video "Let the Earth Breathe".  Some background: After Carleton, and I "retired" from Northminster Presbyterian Church in Dellwood in 2011, we decided we wanted to focus our ministry on ad …
  • March 30, 2021Celebrating Cat Toy Sunday
    Andy & Christine Peters write: Back in 2006 we adopted a tiny kitten. Weighing only 2 pounds he had a personality much larger than his body. He jumped and scampered around a small shop that had adoptable cats and kittens from the local humane society. He captured my heart and that afternoon he joined our family.He is now 15 years old and although he is showing his age, he has never l …
  • March 23, 2021Mindfulness and art – an exact analogy
     Tim Woodcock writes: On Sunday, Lori and Doug Dowd led a Christian Forum session on mindfulness and art. Lori began with a mindful meditation focused on the breath and awareness. Doug then offered a short talk on drawing as a way to understand the world, proposing that the practice of mindfulness is analogous to the relaxed-yet-attentive state of mind one experiences when making art bas …
  • March 16, 2021Promise of Spring
     Photo by Mike Willock
  • March 12, 2021A sign of the covenant
    And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all …
  • February 23, 2021Fear not
    Vickie Robinson writes: Lately, my daily commute consists of me passing by a lot of churches and funeral homes that were once closed in the early hours.  These locations are now open to host funeral services.  As I think about the current reality of the pandemic and now the new strain that has entered Missouri, I realize that Fear is one of Satan's most popular weapons that he uses …
  • February 12, 2021Jesus and the hair-splitters
     Tim Woodcock writes: With the bad weather this week, I found myself with a snow day followed by virtual learning day (meaning a teach-from-home day) and the chance to catch up on various neglected projects, including this blog. One of the pleasures of recent days has been getting into a series of online Scrabble games with Steve, a friend from high school, who now lives in largely COVID …
  • January 25, 2021Be the light
    Barbara Bowyer writes: In Sunday’s sermon, Pastor Travis spoke of the beautiful poem offered by Amanda Gorman at the presidential inauguration. Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, used her powerful words to lift a bruised and not so united United States. Gorman challenged us to become the generous and resilient people she sees with those wise young eyes. Travis began his mess …
  • 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 …
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