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This is Epiphany Sunday as we begin the new year with a wonderful guest preacher! Karen Scanlon, a Certified Lay Minister, is a lifelong Methodist who remembers well those little wooden Sunday School chairs and the sweet spirit of a grandmother’s “Methodist” lap. She has served in various capacities at St. Mark’s UMC for lots of years, especially i…
 
On this 4th Sunday of Advent, we spend time with Mary and Elizabeth, two expectant mothers who encounter one another with love, care and blessing. This beautiful text raises the question of what it means to be “blessed.” How do we understand blessings and in what contexts do we experience them? We’ll explore this and more as we make a final stop be…
 
We are living into the season of Advent, a season that invites us to slow down, to take deep breaths, to wait and listen as we anticipate the coming of Christ. This service we spend time with Mary who received news from the Angel Gabriel that she was to bear a son. The angel’s words, “Do not be afraid,” are words that are repeated over and over aga…
 
This Sunday marks the beginning of the Christian year as we enter into the season of Advent. Advent is the liturgical season when we prepare for Christ’s coming in the birth of the baby Jesus. It is a time of waiting, watching, hoping, praying and staying attentive to the movement of God’s Spirit. We begin with Jesus’ genealogy from the Book of Mat…
 
“Save us from the time of trial.” For generations these words, from a version of The Lord’s Prayer, have petitioned God for mercy for life’s most difficult struggles. For generations we have held on to what Jan Richardson calls, “stubborn hope.” Join us as Pastor Lesley helps us reflect on Jesus’ words and the essential nature of hope. Scripture pa…
 
On All Saints Sunday, we remember the saints of our lives, past and present, who have been our companions and guides in our lives of faith. How do we “re-member” those who may no longer attend church in person but are still a significant members of the community and of the communion of saints? It is our tradition to name those among us who have die…
 
Many of us have to learn over time and as we mature as Christians that prayer doesn’t mean asking God for a list of things and God granting these wishes. It’s about a relationship and partnership in life to understand what your needs are and to marvel at God’s ability to provide them. So with that, “You don’t always get what you want, but you get w…
 
Our parable for this Sunday is traditionally known as the “parable of the rich fool.” It’s one of those parables that has some distinctive elements of humor. We can’t help but chuckle at the man who talks to himself and his possessions, hatching a plan for how to protect his ever-expanding stash of valuables. But on another level, it’s a parable th…
 
Today we are celebrating PB UMC’s 75th anniversary! This congregation has changed and evolved over the years but it has maintained a steady focus on being a community of radical inclusiveness and extending hospitality to those in need. We are honored to welcome our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Sandy Olewine, as our preacher today. In addition,…
 
This Sunday is Laity Sunday, a Sunday when we lift up and celebrate the ministry of all Christians. We are delighted to have our resident art historian, Tim Adams, sharing the message with us this coming Sunday. Together with Tim we will explore our human attempt to create a portrait of Jesus throughout Western art history, and the different forms …
 
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday, a day when we are especially mindful of our connection with Christians around the world. Christians of every culture, color, and language will be gathering around tables to receive wafer and wine, bread and juice…elements that connect us in profound and life giving ways to the grace of God and to one another. …
 
Today we continue in the Gospel of Luke, a gospel that focuses our attention again and again on our use of resources and our treatment of those in society who are most vulnerable. While this week’s account sounds like it might be a reflection on the afterlife, it is in fact about our actions and priorities in the here and now. It invites us to reco…
 
Last week we spent time with some of Jesus’ most beloved parables. Today we spend time with possibly his most perplexing! Click on the scripture link below to see for yourself! Why on earth does Jesus seem to commend the dishonest manager and what is Jesus, along with the gospel writer, Luke, trying to tell us about money, resources and fullness of…
 
Today marks the 21st anniversary of 9/11 and we spend time exploring the theme of being “lost.” We lost so many and so much on that day. Yet we are reminded by our scripture that we have a God who wholeheartedly searches for each one…leaving nothing and no one behind. Scripture passages: Luke 15:1-10 The post Lost appeared first on Pacific Beach Un…
 
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