Category Archive: From the Pastor’s Desk

From the Pastor's Desk

Oct 01

From Vicar Amanda’s Desk – October 2014

By Amanda Highben “Ask yourselves, young people, about the love of Christ. Acknowledge his voice resounding in the temple of your heart. Return his bright and penetrating glance, which opens the paths of your life to the horizons of the Church’s mission. It is a taxing mission, today more than ever, to teach people the …

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Sep 28

From the Pastor’s Desk – September 2014

By Pastor Mark Combs P: Will you be diligent in your study of the Holy Scriptures and in your use of the means of grace? Will you pray for God’s people, nourish them with the Word and Holy Sacraments, and lead them by your own example in faithful service and holy living? R: I will, …

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Sep 28

From Vicar Amanda’s Desk – August 2014

By Amanda Highben The Feminine Saints of our Church This past Monday I attended the lunch and “Baskets of Life” program hosted by the Women of St. John’s. It was a full house in the fellowship hall, which really should come as no surprise, given the Women’s gifts of hospitality, service and outreach. As a …

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Jul 07

From the Pastor’s Desk – July 2014

By Pastor Mark Combs I am sitting here by the ocean in North Carolina, on the Day of Pentecost, and I have been thinking. Dangerous stuff, I know. Becky always has a look of trepidation on her face when I start with, “I’ve been thinking. . . .” I don’t know if I was inspired …

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May 28

From Vicar Amanda’s Desk – June 2013

By Amanda Highben Living in God’s Time: Amazing Grace 2014 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3.1 Although you might think of yourself as someone who is pretty familiar with St. John’s Amazing Grace Day Camp program, especially as we prepare for our 15th year—which could …

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May 08

From the Pastor’s Desk – May 2014

By Pastor Mark Combs Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! You can always tell that Easter has arrived when you hear these words. I am writing this with the memory of the celebration of this past Easter Sunday fresh in my mind. I always feel an electric thrill run through me on …

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May 08

From Vicar Amanda’s Desk – April 2013

By Amanda Highben Once you receive this issue of The Chimes, the Church will be more than halfway through the forty days of Lent. Palm Sunday and Holy Week will be near and, with them, Jerusalem and the cross of our Crucified Lord. If you’d hoped and planned to practice a spiritual discipline this Lent-such …

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Feb 28

From the Pastor’s Desk – March 2014

By Pastor Mark Combs There is a story that has been around for a very long time. It will occasionally be sent around again on e-mail and internet sites. While I know that we have all heard it before, I have used it before in Chimes articles, it bears repeating. The story goes: A professor …

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Feb 10

From Vicar Amanda’s Desk – February 2013

By Amanda Highben “Love is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the reasons why I appreciate our partnership in Downtown Churches Youth Fellowship (DCYF) is that the leaders work together to develop and implement ideas. As we brainstormed service opportunities for the …

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Dec 28

From the Pastor’s Desk – January 2014

By Pastor Mark Combs Frederick Buechner is quite a skilled writer, and several years ago a book of excerpts of his writings was compiled as a daily devotional. I often go to it when I am looking for ideas and illustrations. I would like to share this one with you. It is called Epiphany. The …

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