Post Tagged as ‘Blog’

Pastoral Ponderings 10/31/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 10/31/2016
  • October 31, 2016

Imago Dei is a church that welcomes both Saints and Sinners. I am proud that our congregation is part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches for several reasons. But one of the primary reasons is that I know that as a church we are part of a tradition that has inclusivity as one of our core values. And we don’t just speak about people or refer to God in terms used for the purpose of being “politically correct”. We have been radical in the way we have put the idea of including people into our movement. The theology […]

Read More

Pastoral Ponderings 10/24/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 10/24/2016
  • October 24, 2016

I have been quiet most of this month concerning the topic of Stewardship. I know that some people aren’t comfortable with the Pastor talking about money. To that I respond that stewardship is not about money and I don’t believe I would be fulfilling my responsibility as Pastor if I did not offer some perspective on the spiritual discipline of stewardship. Spiritual stewardship begins with the understanding that everything that is belongs to God and that as people of faith we have been entrusted by God to care for the portion of resources that we have been blessed with. Our […]

Read More

Pastoral Ponderings 10/17/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 10/17/2016
  • October 17, 2016

I hope that you find this time of year as beautiful and comforting as I do. Fall is the season that I am reminded the most of the blessings of God. The awareness fill me with joy. I hope that the following poem by Ted Loder and picture by Scott Sirois will be a blessing to you and that you will find yourself joyful this week. Waken in Me a Sense of Joy O extravagant God, In this ripening, red-tinged autumn, Waken in me a sense of joy in just being alive, joy for nothing in general except everything in […]

Read More

Pastoral Ponderings 10/2/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 10/2/2016
  • October 2, 2016

Jack and I have a devotional that we read together almost every morning. I value Jack’s presence and claim my relationship with him as a primary blessing in my life. However, the reading from our devotional assigned for this morning reminded me of another blessed presence in my life that I ought not to take for granted; God’s presence. I don’t know about you but sometimes I forget just how intimate God is with me. God knows my every thought, feels my every emotion, and senses every movement of my body. Scripture tells me that God knows me down to […]

Read More

Pastoral Ponders 9/26/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponders 9/26/2016
  • September 26, 2016

Thoughts to Ponder “You were born rich and influential.” ― Starr Ambrose The earth provides enough to satisfy every (hu)man’s needs, but not every (hu)man’s greed. – Gandhi “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. – John F. Kennedy “It is better to live rich than to die rich. ” ― Samuel Johnson

Read More

Pastoral Ponderings 9/12/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 9/12/2016
  • September 12, 2016

A few weeks ago I took sometime following worship to offer my perspective on some shifts that were happening or needed to happen in our ministry. This is the time of year that reminds me that life is about making shifts. Have you noticed that the length of our days is changing very quickly and that some trees have started to shed their leaves? It won’t be long (though I know it has been unusually warm) before we will be wearing sweaters. A conversation about our ministry possibilities started on line after shortly after I offered my perspectives but it […]

Read More

Pastoral Ponderings 8/29/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 8/29/2016
  • August 29, 2016

Summer is over and you are hearby invited to come home! Our ministry theme for this fall is Homecoming. We will be focusing on home and houses from now through Thanksgiving. Our gathering space will be transformed to have a more home-like feel. The songs and sounds of home will be present during Worship. We will take time to care for the home of our ministry, celebrate our family and give thanks to the God who has created us. We will also be intentional about inviting those who do not have a spiritual home to come share ours and caring […]

Read More

Pastoral Ponderings 8/29/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 8/29/2016
  • August 29, 2016

It occurs to me that though I have on several occasions shared in this location the words of poet and pastor Ted Loder I have not shared why. It is because, even though we come from different generations, geographic cultures and religious traditions I feel a spiritual kinship with him. I am sitting in a coffee shop trying to draw conclusions to my Sabbath and trying to take care of some of the details of ministry for the coming week which call for my attention. Fortunately, I brought with me a copy of one of Rev. Loder’s books with me. […]

Read More

Pastoral Ponderings 8/22/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 8/22/2016
  • August 22, 2016

Shift is happening at Imago Dei MCC! I shared some of my insights around the changes that Imago Dei has gone through as the changes that we are called to make after Worship on Sunday the 21st but I am sharing the highlights here so that those in attendance will have them in writing and those who were not present will be part of the conversation that I started. Shifts in a church are a process. The idea of being “in process” can be scary for some because it often incudes more questions than answers, but it can be exciting […]

Read More

Pastoral Ponderings 8/14/2016

  • By Reverend Dexter
  • Comments Off on Pastoral Ponderings 8/14/2016
  • August 14, 2016

“Awesome is God in the sanctuary, the God of Israel; who gives power and strength to God’s people.” Psalm 68:35 I am powerful and privileged. I am assured of my power and strength because I believe in the God that is referred to in this scripture, was revealed more fully by Christ Jesus and continues to be actively present in the form of the Holy Spirit. Human systems and structures can also provide privilege and power. I know that my ethnicity, gender identity, country of origin and economic status have afforded me certain privileges and power in my society that […]

Read More