Pastors’ Column

Each week one of our pastors or staff members writes a column observing what is going on in our congregation, the Church and the world, and offering reflections on the Christian life and faith. Through this series of columns, we hope to connect your and our story to the enduring story of Christ; to offer pastoral reflections on our ongoing congregational life and mission; to report on news of the Presbyterian Church and Church universal; and to invite further reflection and deeper discipleship. We welcome your comments and suggestions. In other words, our words here are an invitation to continue the conversation.

Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast & Goodbye to Jack Liskey!

In two weeks we celebrate the return of a beloved Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church tradition – the Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast! Due to the pandemic, we have canceled the event the past two years, but it's finally time for the return of this delightful Youth Ministry-hosted event.

Running Together: Evening Worship at 5:00

It was a Wednesday afternoon, and while members of the Children's Choir and I sat on the steps of the Chancel, we were surrounded by different translations of Hebrews 12:1-3. The sheets of paper were laid out across the well-worn wood and multicolored bluestone.

Freeing Congregational Mission

The work of “mission” is complicated. There are all kinds of ways that we try to organize ourselves to “do” mission and to make it less complicated, but the longer I have been doing mission, the more comfortable I have become with its complications. These complexities do not discourage and overwhelm me, at least on my best days. But the challenging aspects of doing mission mean that we are called to always be learning, growing and examining the how, why, where and when of the work we do in mission as a church.

Hope Grows Here

Christian faith is rooted in hope. The world we hope, work, and pray for is a world that is constantly in-breaking, but not yet. The Bible is a book of hope-filled expectation. From the waters of Genesis to the strange and apocalyptic visions of Revelation, the story of the biblical witness is the story of the creative love of God, winding its way to redeemed fulfillment.

Fifty Years of Faithful Membership

The cover of The Messenger from October 1972 introduces three new BMPC ministers: Cory Loder, Dick Kauffman and George Wirth. Each article shares a snippet from their lives and calls to ministry, before warmly welcoming them to the church. There are even pictures of each new minister with their families, snapshots of what their lives looked like 50 years ago.

Animals Blessing Us

This coming Sunday afternoon we will celebrate the Blessing of the Animals on the front lawn of the church, an event that has become a treasured BMPC tradition. The spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi which incorporated a deep love for the creation gave rise to this tradition of Blessing the Animals on or near his feast day. It is also believed that in the 13th century St. Francis began the tradition of holding Christmas Eve pageants with costumed characters assuming the key roles, including the friendly beasts present in the stable where Jesus was born.

At Last

Today I write to you with good news! The epic choir tour to the Holy Land, originally scheduled for 2020, took place this past summer. At last, the time has come to tell you all about our experiences in Israel and Jordan.