Rhythms of Grace: Dancing with God in Daily Life

By Pr. Rich Futrell In the beginning, God’s voice sang in symphony and crafted the cosmos. From the dust of the earth, He sculpted Adam, infusing him with the breath […]

Family Dysfunction

By Pr. Rich Futrell The family is the basic building block of society, where we experience and learn how to love, trust, and respect another. Yet, where do we first […]

Certainty Amid our Uncertainties

  Here is our pastor’s article for our church newsletter for November 2021. Rich, poor, man or woman, major and minor setbacks befall each and all. How can they not, […]

Eyes and Ears, Old and New

“Whatever we ask of you, teacher, we want you to do” (Mark 10:35). So, Jesus must again reorient His twelve toward a kingdom opened by His suffering, which He described […]

Lest the Darkness Define Us

Imperfect copies of imperfect copies are we. The fall into sin introduced not only death but also physical decay and disease. Every Sunday, we admit as much in our Confession […]

COVID, the Vaccine, and Shepherd of the Hills

At last, the COVID-19 vaccines are here! For us now, this only includes the Pfizer- and Moderna-produced vaccines. Missouri is prioritizing our vaccinations based on someone’s assessed health risk. To […]

To Isolate or Not, Such is Our Reality

This is our pastor’s article for the September edition of our congregational newsletter. The Old Testament doesn’t view life and death as mere biological facts.  Read Scripture, and you will […]

Getting Back to Normality Despite COVID, or at Least, Trying

A couple of weeks ago, a member of our congregation approached me.  In short, she shared with me her assessment of our COVID-19 prevention practices.  Well, I quipped back, “Yeah, […]

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen!

Now, if we preach Christ as raised from the dead, how can some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  Further, if Christ has not risen, […]

Psalm 22 and Maundy Thursday

The end of Maundy Thursday finishes with our Altar Guild stripping the altar of its paraments to prepare for Good [God’s] Friday.  The lights are dimmed and the paraments are […]