From Our Pastors – December 22

Rev. Megan

Rev. Amy
Clark Feldman

Pastor Megan
December  22, 2023

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. People do not light a lamp and put it under the bushel basket; rather, they put it on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others.”

 Matthew 5:14-16a 

For nearly four weeks, we’ve celebrated the gifts of God promised to us, made manifest in Jesus, and shining forth in our lives. But God’s hope, peace, joy, and love aren’t about the destination of the manger; when we arrive on Sunday evening and celebrate the birth of the Christ child, it’s truly meant to be the start of something. The start of new life. The start of Christmastide (Day 1 of 12!). And the start of welcoming Jesus’ presence, and the gifts of God, into every single day and every single corner of our lives. This new start is meant to change us, so that we might change the world in turn.

So, beloved ones, I invite you to take those gifts of the Advent season – God’s hope, peace, joy, and love – and to find new ways to shine them out into the world and into the lives of others. You, yes you, are the light of the world, the hands and feet and heart and light of Christ, walking around. Let Christ’s presence in the world change you, and let that light shine.


Past Posts

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    Pastor Amy
    July 19, 2024
    On Thursday, July 18, travelers and members of UCW gathered to share learnings, photos, and stories from our recent service trip to Puerto Rico.  The trip at the end of June was transformative for the 20 members (mostly high school and college youth) who travelled.  Learn More
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    Pastor Megan
    July 5, 2024
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    Pastor Megan
    June 28, 2024
    I was away from church last Sunday for a triathlon – my first race in about 12 years – and I felt as though I’d been transported to the Kingdom of God for the morning. I had forgotten how energizing the warmth and collegiality that surrounds a race can be. Learn More
  • From Our Pastors: Pastor Amy – May 17
    Pastor Amy
    May 17, 2024
    What a joy to arrive at the day of Pentecost in this month of Pastor Megan’s installation! Beloved, this Sunday we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit. We remember the life-giving, energy-giving, boundary-breaking power available to us all as members and friends of the church. Learn More
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    Pastor Megan
    May 10, 2024
    From the first silver dollar communion pancake hitting the griddle to the last conversations over evening clean-up, it was a good and pleasant day, made all the more so by how many beloved people of God came together for it. Learn More
  • From Our Search Committee!
    May 3, 2024 We are delighted to celebrate the pastoral installation of Reverend Megan Berkowitz this Sunday, May 5, at 3:oo p.m. in the UCW Sanctuary. We have been on a wonderful journey which began in February 2022 with the Transition Team and their work to identify who UCW is now, who is our neighbor, and who is God calling us to be. Learn More
  • From Our Pastors – April 26, 24
    Pastor Megan
    April 26, 2024
    This week, I am on a professional development trip to Chicago, studying congregation vitality and spending time with other pastors from throughout the country. We are learning from non-traditional church settings, but the lessons these settings teach are ones that all communities can benefit from: how vital congregations remain focused on their “why,” rooted deeply in their shared faith. Learn More
  • From Our Pastors – April 19, 2024
    Pastor Amy
    April 19, 2024
    This past week, I traveled to Valley Forge, PA for a 3-day conference entitled “Space for Grace: Engaging Intergenerational Faith.” The conference was hosted by the same organization that is organizing our mission trip to Puerto Rico, the American Baptist Home Mission Society. ABHMS is strongly aligned with the mission and legacy of ABC pastor, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote preachers and speakers brought a wide diversity of experiences and perspectives, which I look forward to sharing with all of you. Learn More