‘Be not afraid!’

I invite you to picture this scenario: An economy with a huge disparity between rich and poor. Groups of people who fear persecution because of their ethnic identity. A government that is protective about its borders. A leader that is seen…  Read more

Prayer for Unity

Written after the Presidential election by the Rev. Joseph Martin, pastor of Fallsington UMC, and other Lower Bucks County area clergy, and published in the local newspaper, Courier Times. This… Read more

Rev. Jonathan Wesley Hall of First UMC Frackville

From the Pastor’s Desk

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being…”  Read more

Carrying the Cross

Bearing the Cross of Love

This walk in which we find ourselves as Christians is not an easy one, nor was it meant to be. We are told to take up our cross to follow Jesus. We are not told to take up this light and easy vacation, but rather a cross.  Read more

Let us be open to new things

Let us be open to new things

A certain man was troubled with dizzy spells, redness in his face and bulging eyes. Every day when he went to his office, he experienced these things. Weekends were not so bad, so he concluded his work was causing his physical discomfort.  Read more


Crossing Bridges for Peace

It all began with a campfire conversation in California nearly a decade ago. I was part of a retreat with the leadership of Philadelphia’s since-closed Cookman United Methodist Church in… Read more

Jonathan Wesley Hall

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

“Enjoy life with your dearly loved spouse all the days of your pointless life that God gives you under the sun – all the days of your pointless life! – because that’s your part to play in this life and in your hard work under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:9 CEB  Read more

Jonathan Wesley Hall

Abundant Matters

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not harm, to give you a future with hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11… Read more


Passing the state budget is a justice issue

By Rev. David W. Brown, Deacon For months now, many of us throughout the state have been watching legislators in Harrisburg as they posture back and forth while negotiating a… Read more

“October is a special time to say thanks to our pastors”

By Barbara A. Stein, Lay Leader, Salem UMC, Orwigsburg, PA October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Pastors should be appreciated all the time, not just for one month. Pray for your… Read more