July 5, 2015 – Traveling Light – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Later this summer I will be leave on a trip to visit family in California. Actually, over the years, I have traveled quite a lot. I enjoy traveling as, I’m sure, do many of you. Summer is the season of travel; many of us set off on trips during these months when schools are on…

June 7, 2015 – Acknowledging Satan – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

There’s a cute little cartoon floating around the internet these days. It shows a “typical” mom and dad and their – maybe 9 year-old-son exiting church on a sunny Sunday morning. Congregational crowds are behind the threesome and the “typical” pastor is shaking hands at the church door. The little boy is looking up at…

May 17 – Getting Un-stuck – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Last Thursday, May 14, was Ascension Day. But, you knew that, right? I’m sure The Ascension is a high holiday at your house. I’ll bet you celebrate with a cake with candle flames reaching heavenward. You probably release helium balloons and fly kites. Right? Well … maybe not. None-the-less, despite the fact that we all…

March 29 – A Confusing Morning – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

This is a confusing morning. It is a day of mixed messages, of conflicting signals. Today we are reminded that in the midst of life, we are in death, that the most joyful celebration too quickly can become the bitterest betrayal, that triumph can turn into defeat, and that the way that leads to eternal…