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by David Baer | published: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10:57 AM

Join us for a service of worship Wednesday, February 17, at 7:00 PM, as we remember God’s steadfast love for us in the face of our fallenness, and begin our spiritual preparation for Easter. Our Ash Wednesday worship service will be online only this year: find out how to connect here.

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by David Baer | published: Sunday, December 20, 2020, 11:35 AM

All services will be held online only this year, out of concern for the health and safety of vulnerable members of the surrounding community and health care workers, as well as members and friends of the church. You can join us...

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 5:10 PM

The outdoor prayer service scheduled for this evening (September 29) has been postponed until tomorrow. You are welcome to join us at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, for an opportunity to be together in praise and prayer. You need to RSVP for this service, and you can do so on the church web site.

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, April 9, 2020, 11:00 AM

Highlands Presbyterian Church has suspended in-person worship at the church building. Our Holy Week and Easter services will be held online. To join us, you can either connect via Zoom videoconference software (available at the link below), or else dial in by phone.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 10:56 AM

Highlands Presbyterian Church has suspended in-person worship at the church building. We will be holding a worship service online, every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. To join us, you can either connect via Zoom videoconference software (available at the link below), or else dial in by phone.

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by David Baer | published: Friday, March 13, 2020, 5:48 PM

Highlands Presbyterian Church will be holding its worship service online, this Sunday, March 15, at 10:00 a.m. To join us, you can either connect via Zoom videoconference software (available at the link below), or else dial in by phone.

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:39 PM

Come join us for a service of worship Wednesday, February 26, at 7:00 PM, which includes an opportunity to receive the traditional ashes as a sign of repentance.  We remember that by ourselves we are dust, and that it is God’s Spirit that sustains us in this life and forever.

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by David Baer | published: Monday, December 16, 2019, 10:57 PM

Highlands Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of East Orchard St and Franklin Turnpike in Allendale, New Jersey. Parking is available on East Orchard Street. Directions are available here. The church office can be reached at 201-327-4466.

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by David Baer | published: Friday, September 27, 2019, 5:19 PM

We’d like to invite our neighbors to come find our booth at the Allendale Festival on October 5, and help us assemble hygiene kits for survivors of natural disasters worldwide. Each kit contains twelve personal hygiene items for people who may be displaced from their homes and without the basic necessities. Come and help us put the kits together and write a note of encouragement for the recipients. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s easy, and it will make a world of difference to someone in need!

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by David Baer | published: Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:32 AM

On October 17-19, Highlands Presbyterian Church will be hosting our Autumn Fair. Come from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to find treasures such as:

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 11:27 AM

On Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m., at Guardian Angel Church, the Allendale Community of Churches will be holding its fourth annual Community Midsummer Outdoor Worship. Come gather with us for singing, prayer, and a brief message, followed by light summer refreshments. Please dress casually, bring a friend, and bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on!

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by David Baer | published: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 3:48 PM

Highlands Presbyterian Church is seeking a Church Office Administrator. Please see the attached position description, and direct all inquiries to the pastor, Rev. David Baer.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 11:31 AM

Our spring Levi Sunday clean up will take place on May 19. Grab your shovels, rakes, trimmers, and anything else that might be handy as we tidy up the church property and prepare the building for the warm summer months. Lunch will be served to those who remain after worship to lend a hand.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 11:30 AM

The seven weeks following Easter bring a season of joy and exploration of what it means to live as a resurrection people. In our part of the world spring is kicking into high gear with new life popping up everywhere we look, and yet we know that the miracle of the resurrection itself comes out of Jesus’ suffering. For this reason, we are able to hope for God’s grace to take root even in the broken and hurting places of our own lives, erupting into something beautiful.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:54 AM

Take the day off from cooking on Monday, May 20! Ten percent of all food sales at the Allendale Bar & Grill, from open to close (including take out) will be donated to Highlands Presbyterian Church. Go for lunch with your friends, or go to dinner with your family, and enjoy a meal together while helping The Little Church with the Big Heart.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:52 AM

On Sunday, June 2, at 4 pm, Highlands will host the Highlands Revue, a concert featuring outstanding teenaged musicians offering an exciting mix of heavy metal, classical piano, vocals, guitar, and more.

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by David Baer | published: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 11:57 AM

On Sunday, April 7, the congregation at Highlands Presbyterian Church rose up from worship and got right to work. They assembled 64 Easter baskets to be donated to the Center for Food Action in Mahwah, which will be provided to the children of families served by this regional food pantry organization. Highlands Presbyterian Church supports the CFA with regular donations of durable food goods, but this Easter basket project provides a way to bring joy, in addition to basic nutrition, to our neigh ...

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by David Baer | published: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 4:21 PM

Come join us for a service of worship Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 PM, which includes an opportunity to receive the traditional ashes as a sign of repentance.  We remember that by ourselves we are dust, and that it is God’s Spirit that sustains us in this life and forever.

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by David Baer | published: Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:13 AM

Worship will be held at 10 a.m. this morning. The walks and streets by the church have been cleared, but please use your own good judgment and exercise caution on the roads this morning.

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by David Baer | published: Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 9:54 AM

By now, with Christmas approaching, many of us are in the thick of searching for gifts for families and friends. There’s a delicate balance involved—you want Christmas to be a special occasion, but you don’t want to break the bank; you want to honor and please the special people in your life, but you don’t want to get sucked into the consumerist hysteria. While most of us end up purchasing some or all of our gifts, some folks labor lovingly and diligently over handmade presents—and with the ...

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by David Baer | published: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 12:40 PM

Highlands Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of East Orchard St and Franklin Turnpike in Allendale, New Jersey. Parking is available on East Orchard Street. Directions are available here. The church office can be reached at 201-327-4466.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 10:32 AM

Highlands Presbyterian Church will be holding a Holiday Fair & Bake Sale, November 9-10.  The sale will feature crafts, gifts, and collectibles, just in time for the holiday season.

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by David Baer | published: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:47 PM

On Sunday, October 28, at 4 pm, Highlands will host the Highlands Revue, a concert featuring a number of musical acts from younger members and other friends of the church. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served following the show.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 11:46 AM

If you pass my house during some of my free moments, you might see me lying flat on my stomach in the yard. Don't be alarmed—I'm OK, and if you look closer, you might see a camera in my hands. What exactly am I doing? Well, people say not to sweat the small stuff, but I've become a bit of a nut about the small stuff. I love to zoom in close on flowers, blades of grass, insects, drops of water resting on leaves... There is a beautiful, fascinating world that, most of the time, escapes our notice. ...

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 9:35 AM

Come and join us this Sunday, September 9, at 10 a.m. for our annual Fall Kickoff! Church school begins for school-aged children, the choir returns to our worship service after a summer off, and there will be a special coffee hour to connect with new and old friends.

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by David Baer | published: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 7:36 PM

The sanctuary at Highlands Presbyterian Church will be open on Tuesday, September 11, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., for a time of quiet prayer and meditation. We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to remember those who lost their lives 17 years ago, or to pray for peace—for those who continue to grieve and for our world.

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by David Baer | published: Friday, June 15, 2018, 2:27 PM

On Sunday, June 4, Highlands Presbyterian Church hosted the Highlands Revue: A Celebration of Musically Talented Youth. Members and friends of the church performed a wide variety of music—from heavy metal to showtunes to classical piano—to the delight of the overflow crowd. We hope that this will be the first of many similar musical events to come!

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by David Baer | published: Friday, June 15, 2018, 1:34 PM

On Sunday, June 24, at 4:00 p.m., Highlands Presbyterian Church will hold a concert featuring well-loved music by John Hewitt, Irving Berlin, Aaron Copeland, John Philip Sousa, and more. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit Heroes to Heroes, a nonprofit organization committed to providing spiritual healing, suicide prevention and peer support for veterans who suffer from moral injury and PTSD, in large part through organizing spiritual pilgrimages to Israel for veterans. Judy Isaacson ...

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by David Baer | published: Sunday, May 27, 2018, 12:51 PM

On Sunday, June 3, at 4 pm, Highlands will host the Highlands Revue, a concert featuring a number of musical acts from younger members and other friends of the church. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served following the show.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 2:01 PM

Take the day off from cooking on May 21! Ten percent of all food sales at the Allendale Bar & Grill, from open to close (including take out) will be donated to Highlands Presbyterian Church. Go for lunch with your friends, or go to dinner with your family, and enjoy a meal together while helping The Little Church with the Big Heart.

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by David Baer | published: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:44 PM

Join us as we celebrate the passion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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by Barkley Calkins | published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 2:34 PM

The Lenten/Easter season is always a busy time. On Ash Wednesday, in the morning, David and other members of the Allendale Clergy Association went to the train station to offer ashes to the commuters. The offer was reportedly well received.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 2:18 PM

Highlands Presbyterian Church invites children ages 4-9 to join us on Saturday, March 17th from 10-11:30 a.m. for an Easter story, snacks, and craft time. We are located at 270 Franklin Turnpike in Allendale.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 1:04 PM

Come join us for a service of worship Wednesday, February 14, at 7:00 PM, which includes an opportunity to receive the traditional ashes as a sign of repentance.  We remember that by ourselves we are dust, and that it is God’s Spirit that sustains us in this life and forever.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 11:10 AM

As I’ve pored over the texts I’ll be preaching on for the next few weeks, something jumps out at me. Everywhere you look in the gospel of John’s story about Jesus, you’re confronted with abundance. From the wedding at Cana, where Jesus delivers up the equivalent of 600 bottles of high-quality wine, to the living water gushing up to eternal life that Jesus promises the Samaritan woman, to the leftovers remaining after the feeding of five thousand with five loaves and two fish, to the overwhelming ...

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by David Baer | published: Friday, December 15, 2017, 4:08 PM

Come join in the celebration of Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24:

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 11:05 AM

Did you know that churches all over the world will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation? We at Highlands will celebrate with a special concert program at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. Please attend and bring a friend, too! A free-will offering will be taken to support the ministry of Highlands Presbyterian Church.

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by Linda McKinney | published: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

HOUSEHOLD, DECORATIVE,CHILDREN’S,HOLIDAY

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by David Baer | published: Friday, June 30, 2017, 4:34 PM

This charming 1963 film about a traveling laborer who meets five nuns in the Arizona desert, testifies to the power of faith.

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 11:21 AM

On June 25, we will be holding our Sunday 10 a.m. morning worship service at the Red Barn at Crestwood Lake Park in Allendale. Worship will be followed by a potluck picnic. The Red Barn is a sturdy, covered shelter, so the event is on rain-or-shine! Come and join us for worship and fellowship in a beautiful setting!

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 2:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate the passion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 2:44 PM

  Dear Friends, Due to today's blizzard and the need to keep the streets clear for snow removal, Strength & Spirit is canceled. But I expect we will be dug out in time for the Soup Supper at Highlands, Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Our friends from the other churches in town will join us for dinner, followed by a brief video and discussion. This Sunday's gospel text includes the parable of the Prodigal Son, which is familiar to many. The beauty of Jesus' parables is that these short stories are rich ...

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 4:31 PM

One time a lawyer asked Jesus to tell him what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” But it seems the man got stuck on the word neighbor. According to the Great Commandment, a neighbor is someone who deserves to be treated on an equal footing and loved in equal measure with oneself. But this is difficult! Surely there ...

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 11:00 AM

On June 12 at 4:00 PM Highlands Presbyterian Church is pleased to present a dedicatory organ recital featuring the church’s recently rebuilt pipe organ by Lawrence L. Nevin of New Hampshire.

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by Linda McKinney | published: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 9:08 AM

Highlands Presbyterian Church invites you to come play bridge and raise money for a good cause!

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by David Baer | published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 7:35 AM

Come join us as we celebrate Jesus’ passion and resurrection—because he lives, we too will live!

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by David Baer | published: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 9:54 AM

Come join us for a service of worship at 7:00 PM, which includes an opportunity to receive the traditional ashes as a sign of repentance.  We remember that by ourselves we are dust, and that it is God’s Spirit that sustains us in this life and forever.

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by David Baer | published: Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:02 PM

Is there someone in your life who “tells it like it is”? I’ve always admired friends, mentors, and colleagues of mine who are an open book, who let you know what’s important to them, what bothers them, and what they intend to do. They don’t do this to seek sympathy or manipulate others—they just want you to know who they are, where they stand, and what they’re about.

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by David Baer | published: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 9:09 AM

Who needed the stone rolled away? For whose benefit did the angel come down to move earth and rock? Not Jesus. The God who raised Jesus from dead didn’t need to brush aside a physical barrier, imposing though it might be. When the stone rolled away Jesus was not there, he had already been raised, and he had no business being in a tomb. The risen, living Jesus didn’t belong in the grave, so he wasn’t there. And he didn’t need an angel to open the door for him. The stone isn’t rolled away for Jesu ...

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by David Baer | published: Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:55 PM

As I write these words, the official start of spring is just two hours away, and yet snow is falling outside, covering the ground in a fresh, clean blanket of icy white.  We’ve had more than our fair share of snow this winter, haven’t we?  As the weeks went by and the base of snow built up and up in one modest snowfall after another, the ground disappeared, and with it all its rough imperfections, all the dead branches and trash we neglected to pick up, all the ugliness and mess.  It was all ...

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:44 PM

It may still be winter, but the days are getting longer, and spring will be here before we know it.  The Lenten season we are about to enter takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, or “lengthen,” referring to the lengthening hours of daylight as spring approaches. It’s a hopeful name for a season of penitence and reflection, pointing the way to better days to come.  The barren branch is about to bud and flower.  The buried bulb is about to burst out of the ground in green shoots.

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:24 PM

Highlands Presbyterian Church invites you to come play bridge and raise money for a good cause!

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by David Baer | published: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

As we enter the month of November, we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving.  For most of us it’s a day for food, family, and football, but perhaps also for giving thanks.  The origin story of this holiday, known to every schoolchild, is a celebration of harvest, survival, and the memory (whether accurate or not) of a season of cooperation between English settlers and Native Americans, and rendering thanks to God for these blessings.  Our Puritan forbears, whatever their faults, were keenly ...

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by David Baer | published: Friday, September 5, 2014, 12:00 PM

Please come and join us us this Sunday, September 7, for our Fall Kickoff! We’ll begin at 9:00 AM with breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. The celebration will continue during worship in the sanctuary at 10, where we’ll be starting our year with the Bible with the story of Noah, and an opportunity for the children to get into the story with some singing led by Penny. We will be commissioning our Sunday School teachers and nursery volunteers, and we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. It will ...

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by David Baer | published: Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:09 PM

As I read and listen to economists, increasingly I’m coming to appreciate the insights they have into what motivates people to behave in certain ways.  There’s this story about a day-care center, for example, that had trouble getting parents to pick up their kids on time.  They started fining parents who showed up late, but they had to adjust their approach when they found that the fines actually increased the number of late pickups.  What seems to have happened is that when the parents saw the ...

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 3:31 PM

When I marry a couple, I always ask them to give me the wedding license at the rehearsal. I do this for a couple of reasons. The first is that I want to make sure everything is legal and in order, of course. The second reason, though, comes from my own hard-won experience. At my own wedding, after my wife and I had said our vows and walked down the aisle together out of the sanctuary, the minister asked for the wedding license to sign, and I had left it in the hotel room. Fortunately my cousin ...

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 10:23 AM

Come to enjoy a concert to celebrate the season of the light of God.  The multi-talented musicians James Gregory, Drew Kreismer and Alan Lynch join our organist and choir director Penny Martin Heidt in presenting a concert of chamber and classical music. Highlights include the beautiful Mendelssohn anthem There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob sung by our choir joined by Drew's choir from St. John's, Ramsey; a Telemann Sonata for Oboe, Organ and Harpsichord; two beautiful solos sung by world-class ...

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by David Baer | published: Monday, January 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

By now, most of us are at least thinking of putting away the Christmas decorations.  Down come the lights and the garlands, the wreaths and the ribbons, the star and the Nativity set, with its shepherds and sheep, camels and Magi.  But wait just a minute...  Hold on to those wise guys and their dromedaries—there is nothing in scripture that says that they made it to Bethlehem to meet the shepherds on the night of Jesus' birth (or that there were exactly three of them!), and there is much to ...

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by David Baer | published: Friday, December 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

It’s almost a new year, and new calendars are going up on the wall, with more untouched white than a field covered in fresh snow.  The days are circumscribed in tidy little boxes, all laid out in rows, but apart from the occasional holiday, there is no content laid out for them.  These days, my calendar lives online in the “cloud,” so that I can access it anywhere, and it doesn’t stop when the year does.  There is no reason why I can’t start filling 2014 (or 2015 or 2016 for that matter) with ...

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 3:04 PM

“Do not be afraid.” These are the first words that the angel spoke to the shepherds on that first Christmas, when God’s glory shone all around them. Someone told me once—and I don’t know whether it’s true, but it certainly could be—that this is the most common phrase in the Bible. “Do not be afraid.” God, or God’s messengers speak these words again and again, whenever God is about to do something new and surprising. In the story of Jesus’ birth, we hear these words addressed to shepherds staying ...

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by David Baer | published: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 1:33 PM

What was it like, I wonder, for Mary to feel God’s Son growing inside her? Did he kick? Did he shake and sob when disturbed as unborn children sometimes do? And when did it begin to dawn on her just what she had agreed to, when the angel had announced her part in God’s plan and she spoke those simple words, “Let it be with me according to your word.”?

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by David Baer | published: Friday, September 13, 2013, 11:21 AM

As some of you may already know, I’ll be following a narrative lectionary from September through June.  That means that in worship we’ll be hearing the story of the one God who creates and redeems the world as it’s told in our scriptures.  Here are the stories we’ll be hearing during the remainder of this month:

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by David Baer | published: Friday, September 13, 2013, 9:00 AM

Why is it that God’s most effective and faithful servants seem to be the most reluctant to answer God’s call?

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