Ponder Anew Blog

Converting everyday to God

January 5, 2022

January 4, 2022 Good afternoon, ” The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him ,  ” Follow me. ” John 1:43 Henri Nouwen had a conversion after visiting Latin America. He was a priest and a professor before, but when he saw deep poverty among the people of Guatemala, he was converted, […]

A New haiku for 2022

January 5, 2022

January 3, 2022 Chaos in the windsScattering my troubled thoughtsto land on soft clouds.  Monika Pieper Landoni ( December 2021)  Once again Monika has given me a gift of haiku for the next year, 2022. 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables. Three lines. For me, it is a gift of order for the next year.  […]

We are Resurrection people

November 23, 2021

November 21, 2021 Good afternoon,  “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told […]

Death at our Doorstep

November 22, 2021

November 15, 2021 Good evening Oh my what a day. Two deaths at Poole. Two of our faithful passed to the other side. It is now our time to remember, reflect and renew our faith. We plan worship for the family to help them along in their grief . We are silent when we need to be silent, […]

Lest, Lest we forget

November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021 Good afternoon. The pictures below are from the cenotaph in Elmira yesterday. About 40 wreaths of remembrance were laid out. With Covid in mind, there was no service this year, and by this morning all but three wreaths were gone. The community is invited to remember in their own way. Since my dad did […]

PEACE 2021

November 11, 2021

November 10, 2021Good afternoon, ” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the […]

Reading for growth

November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021 Good afternoon, During the summer and fall, our study group has looked at three books: What is God’s Kingdom ? by Cesar Garcia Why Do We Suffer ?  by Valerie Rempel What is the Bible ? by Dennis Edwards They are all now available in the church library. They are written for a wide […]

Praying into Action

November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021Good afternoon,“If love is your purpose . . . it was and still is the time to double down on prayer. Because prayer, real prayer, is both contemplative and active. . . . Part of that is working for a good, just, humane, and loving society. That means getting on our knees [to pray] […]

Grat ti tude

November 2, 2021

November 2, 2021Good afternoon. I begin November with Bruck Cockburn’s Christmas album. Yesterday it began at around 8:00 am. His album, for me, never gets old. Through December I might play it between 15 to 20 times. I have three copies of it, bought at thrift stores, so it can never wear out. It is mostly […]

ALL SAINTS DAY

November 2, 2021

November 1, 2021 ( All Saints Day ) Good afternoon, ” God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.  Genesis 1:17-19 Creation is a […]