Pastoral Message: A Prayer for America in the Midst of Chaos

Dear Friends,

Like so many of you, I am still in a state of shock, a state of disbelief, a state of hurt, and anger following the events of January 6, 2021 in our nation’s capital. It has taken me some time to gather my thoughts and to allow my emotions to settle. I have prepared this brief pastoral video message for you. My hope and prayer is that you — that we together — can begin to find peace and healing.

Blessings & Peace to you,
Pastor James

STAR WORDS: Revealed on January 10!

After the birth of Jesus, the magi bringing their gifts followed the star to find baby Jesus. Like the magi, we are also seeking Jesus. We put our trust in God who uses many signs (or stars) to guide us closer to Him.

In the past few years, people worshipping at Pilgrim Faith on the first Sunday after Epiphany have been invited to take a rock that has been gathered from the beach at Tower Hill. On each of the rocks is a printed “star” word. We select our “star” word rocks without looking at the word printed on the rock because we trust that God will lead us to the word that is right for us.

After receiving a “star” word, worshippers reflect on their word to determine what message God is sending to them. During Lent we then have a discussion after church about the meaning of our “star” words. Our discussion of “star” words has become an especially important intergenerational activity at Pilgrim Faith over the past few years.

Pilgrim Faith will celebrate Epiphany in 2021 on Sunday, January 10. Since the Sunday services will still be held virtually in January, we ask that all who wish to select a “star” word come to the church to pick one up between January 3 and 10. The “star” word rocks will be found in a basket on the cabinet just outside the office door in the pantry hallway for you to pick up. Remember, do not look at the word on your rock until after you have selected it! We hope that worshippers of all ages will stop by to receive a word that will guide them through the coming year.

On January 10, we ask that you plan to stay a few extra minutes after church for a virtual coffee hour where you will have an opportunity to reveal your word for 2020 and offer your initial reaction to your new word.

Book Club is January 24

The Book Club will be reading Eagle and Crane by Suzanne Rindell for the January 24th, 2021 meeting. The Pilgrim Faith Book Club will continue to meet by Zoom at 7 PM. All are welcome.

Book Summary: Louis Thorn and Haruto “Harry” Yamada (Eagle and Crane) are the star attractions of Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw’s planes containing two charred bodies mysteriously crashes, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don’t add up. Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. Eagle and Crane is a novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history.