Archive for the ‘MARK’S BLOG’ Category

COUNTING THE DAYS

Posted by secondchurch on April - 11 - 2018

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK:   “Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.” Kristin Armstrong Twenty-five months ago, when I began interim ministry with Second Church,  [ Read More ]

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

Posted by secondchurch on March - 21 - 2018

Reflections from Pastor Mark Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring [people] over to our  [ Read More ]

FAITH FORMATION

Posted by secondchurch on January - 4 - 2018

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin   On behalf of the Second Church, I wish you a happy and blessed New Year! Hopefully by now you have read and heard that we are preparing  [ Read More ]

THEY DON’T KNOW US

Posted by secondchurch on December - 27 - 2017

Reflections from Pastor Mark       The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.       ~ Sydney J. Harris Second Church is filled with a bunch of “stuffed shirts.” That’s what our façade says about  [ Read More ]

ADVENT CHURCH

Posted by secondchurch on December - 8 - 2017

Thoughts from Pastor Mark “Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent, O God. Every year we pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting, and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise.” Karl Rahner   Rev. Matt Carriker, our guest preacher on Sunday, is lead pastor for  [ Read More ]

DEDICATION

Posted by secondchurch on November - 15 - 2017

Thoughts from Pastor Mark “Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something… hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” — Roger Staubach   We invite the congregation to dedicate 2018 pledges on Sunday during worship. Because we are a heady bunch, it’s  [ Read More ]

REFORMATION

Posted by secondchurch on October - 25 - 2017

Thoughts from Pastor Mark  “God wants the church to become the initiator of the reformation and changes in the society”  –Sunday Adelaja The next two Sunday worship services should be a lot of fun at Second Church. On October 29 we will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation  [ Read More ]

FALSE NARRATIVES

Posted by secondchurch on October - 11 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ~ Marcus Aurelius A couple of my congregants were surprised that I worked on Columbus Day, I guess because it’s a public holiday. I love ministry and often  [ Read More ]

PRAY!

Posted by secondchurch on October - 5 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” — Mahatma Gandhi If you are like me, you are struggling with your prayer life – if you have a prayer life. Between the massacre in Las Vegas this week  [ Read More ]

A Snippet from a Loaves and Fishes Sermon

Posted by secondchurch on September - 20 - 2017

What I think happened is that these people had a long day. They couldn’t manage to get out of Jesus what they wanted, which scripture says was healing, so the disciples said if you sit down and be quiet for long enough, you’ll get what you came for. My guess  [ Read More ]