Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda McGlynn (6/9/2021)

This past year and a half has been challenging to say the least, and one of the many things that has been present more than usual is grief. Pandemic grief is often unnamed, unrealized, unarticulated. We know that we are more anxious than we once were, and we might experience frustration, anger, defeat, and similarContinue reading “Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda McGlynn (6/9/2021)”

Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda McGlynn (6/2/2021)

I love gardening, though the complexities of soil nutrients, or of why different crops prefer different seasons, are things I have never really understood. I am an avid hiker, and yet even on my favorite, most frequented trails, I do not know the placement of every little stone, every flower, every turn of the path.Continue reading “Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda McGlynn (6/2/2021)”

Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda McGlynn (5/26/2021)

What a joy it is to witness God’s abundance. This time of year, it is full of abundance for many – an abundance of rain and the green landscape it brings, an abundance of harvest from spring crops, an abundance of both tests and then relief that come with the end of a school year.Continue reading “Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda McGlynn (5/26/2021)”

Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda McGlynn (5/19/2021)

It’s been 8 years since I regularly attended Calvary By The Sea Lutheran Church – my home congregation. When I worship with them now on Zoom or on Facebook, I look around and notice that I no longer recognize at least three quarters of the congregation. Families that I grew up with have moved away,Continue reading “Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda McGlynn (5/19/2021)”

Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda (5/5/21)

Throughout our lectionary readings in the weeks that follow Easter, we hear numerous passages from both John and Acts. While Easter does not have overarching themes as well known or consistent as those of Advent or Lent, this ambiguity opens the possibility up for us all to hear new themes emerging from our Easter texts,Continue reading “Wednesday Reflection – Pastor Amanda (5/5/21)”

Reflections – Pastor Amanda (3/31/21)

Blessed Holy Week! We have entered into one of the busiest, and most exciting times of the year in our church calendar. As Lent comes to a close, we prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter by remembering the many days and events that led to the death and resurrection of Christ. Some of these commemorationsContinue reading “Reflections – Pastor Amanda (3/31/21)”

Reflections – Pastor Amanda (3/24/2021)

It is officially Spring, and Cole and I have our Spring garden in the ground. As I drove to Magnolia on Sunday, I noticed little light green buds on many of the trees along the way. Signs of life. Signs of the earth’s cycle of annual resurrection. We have filled our raised bed, turned upContinue reading “Reflections – Pastor Amanda (3/24/2021)”

Reflections – Pastor Amanda (3/17/21)

In Sunday’s gospel, we heard Jesus liken his crucifixion to Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness so the Israelites might be saved from the venom of desert snakes. In doing so, Jesus communicates that he came so we might look at what is killing us. He came to shine a light on thatContinue reading “Reflections – Pastor Amanda (3/17/21)”