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Sept 11 - Thoughts from Katherine

Thoughts from Pastor Katherine September 11th A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough visit the9/11Memorial where the Twin Towers once stood. It wasone of thehighlightsof my first trip to New York. It's incredibly powerful to see the names of the individualscarefully listed. Today is the 19thanniversary of the September 11thattacks. Let us gather as a community ...

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September 9 - Thoughts from Peter

Thoughts from Peter September 9th Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice inwrongdoing, butrejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.I Corinthians 13:4-7 The patient love of God...

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September 7 - Thoughts from Katherine

Thoughts from Pastor Katherine September 7th Happy Labor Day from First Christian Church McKinney! Let us celebrate the hard work that has kept our society and our world togethernow more than ever. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. In 2020, I think we have come to appreciateeven morethe essential workers who keep our liv...

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Aug 31 - Thought s from Katherine

Thoughts from Pastor Katherine August 31st Yesterday, as a congregation we read Luke 4:16-21 and Rev. Peter preached on it, I'm sure it was phenomenal. I am writing this the Thursday before This passage in Luke is actually a passage I've really become acquainted with over the last year. Jesus comes to the synagogue on the sabbath, in his hometown. It is the town where...

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Aug 26 - Thoughts from Peter

Thoughts from Peter August 26th One of my regular morning prayers is this:You are a God of new creation. I hope that includes me. Obviously, I sometimes don'treallymean it. The creative power of God is fine in theory, but it can be a bit of a hassle in reality. God forming new creation in someone else's life is great! God upheaving my preferred rhythms and thoughts is...

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August 19th - Thoughts from Peter

Thoughts from Peter August 19th Part of the sermon for next Sunday focuses on the Fruits of the Spirit. Galatians chapter 5 lists them Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. As I looked over this list written on the white board in my office, and as I considered how we could reflect on them in the context of the ser...

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A Blessing for the New School Year

A Blessing for theNewSchoolYear Dear God, When you created the world, you created the fish of the sea and the birds of the air. God, you created the children who spend their days discovering the world around them. Today we ask for a blessing of the new school year. God, you created the children who learn by reading, writing, and even math. We ask that you allow them t...

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August 12- Thoughts from Rev. Peter

Thoughts from Peter August 12th What should we do? This little question is found in the second chapter of Acts on the day of the Pentecost. There is a commotion of the Holy Spirit, people are awakened to the Gospel and then, of course, there is suspicion of drunkenness. Peter stands up to address the crowd and gives a detailed explanation of the person and ministry of...

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August 10 - Thoughts from Rev. Katherine

Thoughts from Pastor Katherine August 10th Over the past few months as I have been writing these "Thoughts" I have been quite honest about the ups and downs. I look to scripture this morning, particularly to the Genesis 7 passage from the daily readings. It is a description of a time of crisis. It's a crisis that lasts so long it feels like a new normal. I don't know,...

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August 5 - Thoughts from Rev. Peter

Thoughts from Peter August 5th "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it" -Ferris Bueller I mentioned in the children's moment on Sunday at the 11:00 AM service that adults are really good at forgetting to have fun. We are good at focusing only on what needs to get done or be conducted, and we let the richness of th...

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