HORW

August 17, 2014: Fight the Right Ca...

Fight the Right Campaign: Onada's last stand -- Robin's last sermon by Patrick Lafferty Galatians 1:1-9...

Hiroo Onoda

Pastoral Backstory 08.14.14

(What is the Backstory and why?)     Subscribe to the Backstory August 14th, 2014 [caption id="attachment_4013" alig...

Cimarron County, OK, c. 1936

August 10, 2014: Marks of Christian...

  [caption id="attachment_4174" align="alignright" width="300"] Cimarron County, OK, c. 1936[/caption] Marks of Christian Community: People...

"Sunrise Walk in Greenwich" Aquarelle Studios

Pastoral Backstory 08.07.14

(What is the Backstory and why?)     Subscribe to the Backstory August 7th, 2014 [caption id="attachment_4078" align...

August 17, 2014: Fight the Right Campaign: Onada’s last stand — Robin’s last sermon

HORWFight the Right Campaign: Onada’s last stand — Robin’s last sermon by Patrick Lafferty

Galatians 1:1-9

Pastoral Backstory 08.14.14

backstory-logo

(What is the Backstory and why?)

 

 

Subscribe to the Backstory

August 14th, 2014

Hiroo Onoda

Hiroo Onoda

Before the war he’d sold lacquerware and fancied tailored American-made suits.  When his emperor declared war on those same Americans in 1941, Hiroo Onoda was tapped as an intelligence officer on the Philippines’ archipelagic island of Lubang, and assigned to the command of Major Yoshimi Taniguchi.

It was Taniguchi who waited under a tent for Onoda on a typically sunlit day in March, not to dispatch him on another reconnoiter of the area, but to request that his subordinate surrender his weapons.  For on that day, Onoda was to acknowledge formally the end of combat operations, just as his Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu had done previously aboard the USS Missouri with General MacArthur and 2700 American sailors looking on.

Except that Onoda was following this final order of his commanding officer on March 9, 1974–some thirty years after the Pacific campaign had come to a sobering end in the shadow of a mushroom cloud.  Onoda, you see, had not learned of his country’s surrender to Allied forces in September, 1945, and therefore continued to gather intelligence, compose reports, and simply stay alive for three long, quiet decades.  Even on that March day, Onoda wondered if the whole affair was only a ruse intended to trap him. Read more

August 10, 2014: Marks of Christian Community: People of The Day

 

Cimarron County, OK, c. 1936

Cimarron County, OK, c. 1936

Marks of Christian Community: People of the Day by Patrick Lafferty, Aug 10, 2014

Hebrews 10:19-25

 

Pastoral Backstory 08.07.14

backstory-logo

(What is the Backstory and why?)

 

 

Subscribe to the Backstory

August 7th, 2014

"Sunrise Walk in Greenwich" Aquarelle Studios

“Sunrise Walk in Greenwich” Aquarelle Studios

We argued last Sunday from John’s gospel how the integrity of any given church depends in no small degree upon the love its members have for one another. Jesus, himself, identifies mutual love as the clearest indicator of His ongoing presence and interest in the world.  He therefore marks love as essential to a church’s ongoing relevance in a world desperate to know that love is in fact real, and that it transcends time and space.

Anything that crucial to the church’s existence though will never be rooted deeply without necessitating profound changes to how the community operates.  Love, as anyone who’s practiced it knows, demands more than one could ever anticipate.  Love’s very nature implies the reconfiguration of much we hold dear.  If we want to love we have to expect to change–even in domains we may have assumed needed no tinkering.  Let me share two domains of church life for which the love Jesus spoke of in John 13 demands nothing short of a potentially unsettling shift in our thinking and practice.  Apple carts that may need to be upset, if you will. Read more

Women’s Groups beginning in October

LGWALYMAs you may have seen on our Community Groups page, two women’s groups are set to form this October.

They will be using Elizabeth George’s book Loving God with All Your Mind.  Each week as they delve into scripture they will begin to work on what is real rather than worry about what is unreal, to reach forward and press on rather than remain a prisoner of the past, act on what is revealed in scripture rather than emotions.

 

The book has 6 parts, each centered around a Bible passage:

Training your thoughts:  Philippians 4:8

Winning over worry:  Matthew 6:34

Pressing for the prize:  Philippians 3:13-14

Counting on God’s goodness:  Romans 8:28

Living out God’s plan:  Jeremiah 29:11

Accepting the unacceptable:  Romans 11:33

 

Be watching for more information on times, places, and sign up.

August 3, 2014 Patrick Lafferty “Marks of Christian Community: What we are within is what we’ll be without” John 13:31-35

 

El Lavatorio, Tintoretto (c. 1564)

El Lavatorio, Tintoretto (c. 1564)

Marks of Christian Community: What we are within is what we’ll be without

Pastoral Backstory 07.31.14

backstory-logo

(What is the Backstory and why?)

 

 

Subscribe to the Backstory

July 31st, 2014

M. Night Shyamalan's The Village

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village

There’s no setting disclosed at the beginning of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, but you soon find yourself in a 19th century colonial settlement nestled in the New England hinterlands.  The hamlet’s inhabitants reflect the hearty industriousness and deep solidarity you’d expect to find in the time before grocery stores, police forces, and security cameras.

But the tension of the plot lies not in the “ordinary” challenges of pre-industrial life.  Typical of Shyamalan’s preference for placing the sci-fi genre in new settings–this small commune we soon learn is surrounded by mysterious creatures who had at one time clashed with an earlier generation of the villagers.  Only after a truce emerged did the two societies enter into a kind of covenant: so long as the villagers would not venture beyond an agreed-upon boundary, there would be no incursions by the outsiders.

Read more

July 27, 2014 Patrick Lafferty “Marks of the Christian Community: The Community you fear…and long for” Colossians 3:1-17

MOCCWeek2July 27, 2014 Patrick Lafferty “Marks of the Christian Community: The Community you fear…and long for” Colossians 3:1-17

Pastoral Backstory 07.24.14

backstory-logo

(What is the Backstory and why?)

 

 

Subscribe to the Backstory

July 24th, 2014

Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers

When I’d heard he died I wept.  That wouldn’t be odd except that there I was in my early twenties, soon to be minted from University, and the news that Fred Rogers had died hit me like a child who’d lost his dog.  It was as though the very incarnation of genteelness (and a presbyterian minister!) had been a close family member.

Which I suppose he was.

He’d met me each week with a smile, invited me into his home without hesitation. He let me in on his favorite books,  crafts and recipes.  He’d take me on field trips to music stores humming with jazz and carpenter shops buzzing with saws. He’d introduce me to his friends like the mailman and the milkman who seemed to be just as jovial and nice as he was. And then to top it all off, he’d take me to wondrous places (on a trolley no less!) replete with kings, queens, and owls–all of whom seemed to have a similarly-sonorous voice I just couldn’t quite place.

Read more

July 20, 2014 Patrick Lafferty “Marks of the Christian Community: Community Images the Invisible” 1 John 4:7-12

communitysingJuly 20, 2014 Patrick Lafferty “Marks of the Christian Community: Community Images the Invisible” 1 John 4:7-12