Associate Pastor

Pastor Dave has office hours on Wednesday mornings, and is available Fridays by appointment.  He preaches and presides one Sunday each month.






O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy Perfect Light. 




 






January 2019

Happy New Year! I wish you blessings as we start anew during 2019.  

 

As I write this article to you, the new year is in its infancy. It’s a time that we can mark as a fresh start. A time to place the trials and tribulations of 2018 behind us and look to a new year with hope. A hope that God gives us in our hearts at Advent/Christmastime and then follows us all the year through.  

 

As the holidays now come to a close, we are invited to look to the work ahead us. “How will this year be different than the last?” we might ask. “What possibilities does this next year hold in our lives?” We could also ask the same of our church. “How might this year be different than the last?” “What possibilities does this next year hold in the life of St. Paul’s?” 

 

God’s creativity invites us at this time of year to wonder, ponder, and even wander a bit off the traditional path. What new roads can we discover? What avenues can we explore? What trails can we blaze together?  

 

I invite you to take the path once more to the Christ child over the next couple of weeks. And in this, we are no longer traveling as Mary, or Joseph, we are no longer a shepherd, or preparing the way for Christ alongside of John. Rather, this time, we are traveling as a distant person from a far-off land, watching the heavens at night and following the path of a glowing star. I invite you into the season of Epiphany, and I invite you to see where that star rests in your own life. But as you search for it and follow it, remember to enjoy the journey. Remember these words… 

 

“We three kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar, Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star. 

 

O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy Perfect Light. 

 

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again, King forever, ceasing never, Over us all to reign. 

 

O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to Thy perfect light. 

 

Frankincense to offer have I, Incense owns a Deity nigh, Prayer and praising, all men raising, Worship Him, God most high. 

 

O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to Thy perfect light. 

 

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume, Breathes of life of gathering gloom, Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, Sealed in the stone-cold tomb. 

 

O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to Thy perfect light. 

 

Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice, Alleluia, Alleluia, Earth to heav’n replies, O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding… 

 

Guide us to Thy perfect light.” 

 

New Year’s and Epiphany Blessings,  

               


Pastor Dave