Change – The Fourth of July

Did our founding fathers change the world or what?  It wasn’t easy, many men and woman died.  It was said the militia didn’t fight fair, they were gorilla warriors and didn’t face the English on the open field.   The English didn’t like the change, but it worked for us.  We “Americans” wanted a different style of democratic government, we wanted change and we got it.  We Americans live by change, innovators, creators, through community and education.  We know we can’t do it alone, we need each other to create good changes.  In the Declaration of Independence it is written that when the government doesn’t work for us, we change it – or in more flowery original words:  “ When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”  The United States was built on change and the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If there was one sermon topic I could preach on all year, the topic would be change.  There are so many areas of our life where change takes place in pursuing life, liberty and happiness.  Our cells change, our dreams change, our children get older and they learn new tricks.  We are always learning and that means we are changing.  Just when my wife thinks she knows me, I change – I used to hate potatoes.  I like to eat all kinds of food and I like change.  How often do you like to eat the same food, meal after meal?  Most likely you say, I just had Mexican or Golden Arches so I would prefer something different.  We like variety and we like certainty.  I knew one man in Perrysburg, Ohio that had pizza every Friday night, he never changed – he liked it.  I did wonder if it was the same kind of pizza?  I like variety.

Jesus didn’t stay in one town very long, I guess he liked change too.  His view of the Messiah was different than most people in his day and it caused him to be different.  Some religious leaders didn’t like the change and his leadership so in order to stop the change, they had him killed.  Yes, some people will do anything to try and stop change.  For us humans, God has written into our DNA that we should always be changing, dreaming, learning, loving, caring, moving, creating, celebrating, building, tearing down, etc.   We are also fearful people, afraid that life could be worse, and we dream of happier days when …  that is all normal.  As Christians, the Holy Spirit is in us, speaking to us, and loving us into better selves – thank God!  God’s change is good and coupled with that means conflict.  In the June 25th worship service in Matt. 10:24-39 we read where we have to pick up our cross (a symbol of torture and death) and follow Christ.  This is discipleship and disciple means “learner”.  As we learn the ways of Christ we change, and being in the Reformed tradition our history tells us we are always reforming or changing.  If we want something different, we have to change.  How are you changing?

Change is in our United States Presbyterian DNA.  Thanks be to God,

Pastor Steve

Shalom and continue loving others from your heart.

Posted June 28, 2017



We are excited to announce the play, “The Little Mermaid” on Sunday, July 16th at the Community Players Theater in Bloomington.  The event begins after worship with a lunch provided by the Good News Team followed by carpooling up to Bloomington.  Interested individuals need to give their ticket money to either Stacy or Karen by Wednesday, May 31st.  The prices include $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (over 60), $11 for students (11 years through college), and $10 for children 10 and under.

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Posted May 4, 2017, Upated: May 11, 2017

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