Acknowledging the coronavirus pandemic that we are facing, and after prayerful consideration, the governing Session of Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church voted at its meeting on Tuesday, May 12 to cancel this year’s August 22 & 23 Chile Festival. Every year our congregation looks forward to sponsoring the Chile Fest. It is one of…

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I have a question for you to consider: Who has a place in the kingdom of God? I have been reading the book of Acts and what I read today seems to answer this question. First, in chapter 8, the Spirit of God instructs the disciple Philip to explain the scriptures to a eunuch from…

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Perhaps you know the joke about the man who was sent to prison. After some time he noticed a peculiar pattern of activity. One of the inmates would call out a number, “36,” they might say. And a ripple of laughter would move through the prisoners. The new inmate asked what this was all about…

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This has been an anxious week; one might say it has been unnerving. I have no doubt you can relate. You carefully endeavor to balance all the demands of your life in a landscape we have not known before. You engage your best adaptation of time-tested regiments and routines in the hope that you will…

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Stick with me on this one, there is a point! This past weekend my son Jack turned 21. One of the gifts he received was a homebrewing set-up I had built a few years ago. It was something I had been waiting to do for years. Most of you know brewing is something of a…

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When the President comes to town, they bring the motorcade right out to Air Force One; they just drive those cars out on the runway. They have the motorcycles and black limousines with little flags on front, the police escort, flashing lights. You can envision it all. That’s just the way the American President travels.…

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Communion Bread (Adapted from Alice Downs’ Leaven for Our Lives) 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour  (or a blend of 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white) 2 teaspoons baking powder             1/4 cup honey             1/4 cup cold water             1/4 milk             2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil             1/8 teaspoon salt Preheat…

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Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one…

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Luke 15:11    Jesus said, “A certain man had two sons. 12 The younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.’ Then the father divided his estate between them. 13 Soon afterward, the younger son gathered everything together and took a trip to a land far away. There, he…

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I have been reading about the place of lament in the Bible and faith. It is interesting that the only book in the Bible named for an expression of emotion is Lamentations. Not joy or thanksgiving or praise. 40% of the psalms are expressions of lament; cries of grief, anger, resentment and suffering. Walter Brueggemann,…

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