Posts by Dr. John Milller

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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For Presbyterians and other Protestants who trace their faith heritage back to the Protestant Reformation, October is an important month.  It is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, which is often said to have begun on October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Saxony, when Martin Luther sent...

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Rest, Rest, Rest

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“5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, God saved me. 7Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” Psalm 116: 5-7   I was fascinated when I moved back to the...

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Scarcity or Abundance?

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Last year we welcomed a cute little two-pound kitten into our home.  Iggi has turned into a 13-pound cat with quite the personality.  One of his peculiar behaviors has to do with his food.  He is on free feed so the dry food is always available to him.  While his bowl will...

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Trust in the Lord . . .

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge God, and the Lord will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your...

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Recapturing the Old within the New

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It was that great theologian, Yogi Berra, who said, “It's like déjà vu all over again.”  Others have said “What goes around comes around.”  As you know, our chapel renovations are in full swing.  By the time you read this, we will hopefully be...

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Worship - Saturday at 5

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  For several years now there has been interest and discussion within our congregation about the possibility of adding another worship experience to our weekend schedule.  As we embarked on the Imagine Initiative journey we had the opportunity to gather together in groups on...

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A New Look

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The Christian faith is one filled with symbols; from the statuary of our Catholic friends, the icons used within the Orthodox tradition, to our own use of stained glass windows, crosses, and other symbols. Each symbol or image evokes within us something which speaks of that which it represents...

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Keeping a Holy Lent

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Lent is the Christian observance of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the penitential preparation of the believer – through prayer, penance, reflection, and self-denial, for Easter. According to the gospels, Jesus spent forty days...

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Keep Calm

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This past year, as we engaged in our Imagine Initiative, one of the questions we invited folks to reflect upon was a “defining moment” that you have had at Rye Presbyterian Church. I was struck that for more than a few that moment had something to do with worship, especially during...

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From Imagination to Reality

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          It has been an exciting fall at Rye Presbyterian Church as children have returned to Sunday School, youth ministries have begun their meetings, we’ve welcomed Jason Charneski into our midst, and we’ve engaged in learning more about our Imagine...

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