Pastor’s Weekly Message

February 19, 2019

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Psalm 122:1 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing […]

February 12, 2019

Dear WPC Friends and Family, Last week was a whirlwind of a week with a quick trip to Galveston, Texas for me and a weekend trip to Montreat for Janie.  Both of us had spent the early fall looking through Continuing Education opportunities to see where we wanted to grow and which conferences may not […]

February 5, 2019

A few years ago, a friend made me this cornhole bag.  She said I could throw it in church if I ever caught someone sleeping in during my sermon!  I have never thrown it at anyone, but I do keep it on my desk to remind me to do my best to preach in a […]

January 29, 2019

This week in our Study of Acts (19:1-6), we come to a strange story about a group of disciples who had not yet heard of the Holy Spirit.  They told Paul they believed in Jesus, yet they had not been baptized in his name.  Paul does not delay- baptism is arranged, a mini-Pentecost occurs, and […]

January 22, 2019

There is a strong tendency today to plan worship services as exclusively cheerful experiences- to make sure everyone is smiling and happy.  It perpetuates the myth that we need to take care of our mess before we can approach God in worship.  Maybe it’s related to the fact that we come to church and find […]

January 15, 2019

Most people look for ways to reach their full potential.  Athletes work out and are careful about what they eat.  Businesspeople read books and attend seminars.  Medical professionals study research and follow the latest developments in the pharmaceutical industry.  Everyone has a path for improvement and growth. What about Christians?  How do we grow in […]

January 8, 2019

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.   Psalm 5:11-12 In a world of headlines dominated by what we should fear, the words of Psalm 5 resonate, don’t they?  The idea of God spreading his protection over us is comforting.  The thought of being covered by God’s favor as with a shield may calm our worried hearts.  […]

January 2, 2019

When we enter into a new year, I take down some of our decorations but leave out the twinkle lights, trees if they can safely still be up, and our nativities. The season of Advent leads us to a season of Christmas from December 25 to Epiphany, January 6, so I like to stretch it […]

December 18, 2018

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you Good News of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:10-11 The core of Christianity is not good advice; it is Good News.  You see it in […]

December 11, 2018

On the past two Sundays, we’ve seen Isaiah the prophet speak the Word of the Lord into a tough situation for the Children of Israel. Trouble is brewing on all fronts; enemies are knocking at the door, and former allies have turned away. It seems there is no hope. Yet, Isaiah calls the people of […]