Inspire

We’re excited to include these three sections–Inform, Inspire, Involve– on our new Website. Here we intend to recommend helpful information, hopeful inspiration and opportunities for involvement that can offer nourishment and possibly direction for your faith journey. Please return to visit these sections again soon and often. And please contribute ideas, information, insights and resources that might be helpful to others. Thanks!


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‘An Inconvenient Christmas’

Soon we will be singing Advent hymns in our churches and wondering where this passing year has gone. December 25th falls on a Sunday this year, and I am already… Read more

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I Voted, I Vote

From the Bishop’s Blog: “On Election Day I stood in line for an hour and a half to vote. I don’t think the good people of Upper Providence Township expected such a large crowd. There were only four voting machines…”

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For healing and justice, much work is needed!

As we begin Native American Heritage Month it is clear that there is much work needed in this nation of ours with regards to justice and healing with our Native… Read more

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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…”

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‘Open wide your hearts’

Some years ago The United Methodist Church had a welcoming slogan that was all about opening wide our hearts, to quote the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:13. The denomination paid for a number of TV spots…

Long-detained immigrant families in PA arouse concern, protests

‘Loving the Stranger’

Deuteronomy 10:19 reminds us, “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Have you ever been a stranger and found welcome? I remember the overwhelming welcome…

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‘Be a Saint’

This week Pope Francis formally canonized Mother Teresa at St. Peter’s Square. She was the tireless worker from the Sisters of Charity, who worked with the dying poor of Kolkata. Her ministry, which began in 1950…

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Water Works

A sermon preached at the Eastern PA Conference Service of Ordination– “There are few things more important to life than water. Humans are composed of 70-80% water. Water has everything to do with our body temperature…”

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To those who have been given much

The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are an amazing event, full of wonderful stories of people overcoming adversities and adversaries with sacrifice, determination and love. One story I… Read more

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Grateful!

Bishop Peggy Johnson’s Blog: At the United Methodist Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lancaster, Pa., July 11-15, our demonstration of hospitality exceeded my wildest expectations!