Posts by Dr. John Milller

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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Engaging in the Imagine Initiative and Welcoming Jason Charneski

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I write this during the “dog days of summer,” in the heat and humidity of August. When I moved back to the Northeast in 2008 my first summer here was a difficult one, but it had nothing to do with the weather. Having served three churches in California and then three churches in...

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They Who Sing, Pray Twice

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From beginning to end, the Bible is full of music and song. The first musician, Jubal, makes his appearance as early as Genesis 4. As we turn the pages, we find many who follow in Jubal’s musical footsteps. Moses and Miriam sang a song of praise after the Exodus; Deborah sang after the...

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It's Time for a New Photo Directory

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One of the challenging things for a new pastor is to be able to put names and faces together. It is even more challenging in a congregation of our size. I know that many of you still feel like there are “strangers” in our midst because you can’t put names and faces together...

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Ordinary Time

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During the course of the liturgical year, the colors of the paraments in the sanctuary change. Advent is blue. Lent is purple. Easter is white. Pentecost is red. From November to May the colors change heralding Christianity’s high points like the birth of Jesus and his resurrection and...

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ThanksLiving

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“On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show...

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