Pastor’s Posts

  • Discerning Our Mission from God

    This summer in worship, we have been going through a sermon series called, “On A Mission From God.”  In this series, we have explored several Old Testament prophets to see how they understood their God-given mission and also how they acted boldly to accomplish that mission. While the stories of these prophets can surely be […]

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  • Discernment Team Underway

    As I wrote about in last week’s post, I attended the Worship & Music Conference in Montreat in late June.  One of the classes I attended was led by renowned pastor and professor, Roger Nishioka.  The class was advertised as a preaching class, but had many connections with general congregational life. In this class, Roger […]

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  • Worship & Music Conference

    Two weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Worship & Music Conference in Montreat, N.C.  This is an annual conference put on by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and it features some of the best musicians, preachers, and worship leaders our denomination has to offer. I was grateful to have a chance […]

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  • Trinity Sunday

    Fresh off of our celebration of Pentecost last Sunday, this coming Sunday also has a special designation in the church calendar.   We call it Trinity Sunday. Trinity Sunday is unique.  Most of the Sundays in our church calendar that have a special designation are centered around events. Trinity Sunday, on the other hand, is a […]

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  • Pentecost

    I would like to begin my post this week by expressing my gratitude to all those who worked so hard to make last week’s youth Sunday a success.  As a former youth pastor myself, I remember how much work and coordination goes into planning for, practicing, and pulling off a service like that.  This hard […]

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  • Good Things Going On

    In this week’s Pastor’s Post I would like to update you on various things going on here at Starmount.  First of all, I want to express my gratitude for all of you who attended the Sentimental Journey lunch last week.  It was a wonderful gathering with great food and fellowship.  I also want to thank […]

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  • Are You Hungry?

    I would like to invite you to two special opportunities over the next few weeks where, if you are hungry, you can come and be fed. The first is a lunch called Sentimental Journey, which is this Sunday, May 19th following our worship service in the fellowship hall.  This is an event that is one […]

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  • Signs of Life

    May is a busy time of the year.  I know that many of you will agree with that statement because you are feeling the squeeze that this time of year places on your schedules.  On the one hand, we sometimes lament the busyness that this month brings to us, however on the other hand it […]

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  • Unexpected

    Over the next few weeks in worship we will be focusing on passages from the Book of Acts.  This is usually not a book that we spend too much time in, but it is one from which we can learn a great deal.  The book of Acts was written by the same author as the […]

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  • No Idle Tale

    Christ has risen!  He has risen indeed! Those words are still ringing in my ears almost a week after a wonderful Easter celebration.  My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you in the congregation and among the staff that made all the events of Holy Week possible.  From the fellowship events to the specials […]

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  • Breathed His Last

    Today is Good Friday.  Every year when this day arrives on the calendar I am reminded of a cartoon called, “B.C.”  In it, there is one character that questions why we would call this day “good,” when such an awful thing occurred on this day.  The other character in the cartoon asks his friend how […]

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  • It Has Begun!

    Often, in the course of crafting liturgy or planning different aspects of a worship service, pastors, musicians, and lay leaders will rack their brains trying to think of ways to make the experience of worship come alive.  So much of our worship in the western culture, and especially in the Presbyterian tradition, is oriented around […]

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