Posts by Dr. John Milller

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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Sing a New Song

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Dear Friends, Whether it’s centuries old or even just a few months old, the music we enjoy most are the songs we already know. Music has a power to capture feelings from the past and send them streaming into our present. It’s a common experience to find yourself moved by some old...

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The Lenten Journey

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The journey of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and the imposition of ashes.  As this ancient symbol of human frailty is marked upon the forehead of the recipient, the pastor says, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  It is an invitation, during the...

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Beginning Anew

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Happy New Year!!! A month late!  While we celebrate the start of a new calendar year on January 1, the Church liturgical calendar began a month earlier, with the First Sunday of Advent, which this year was December 1.      The Revised Common Lectionary is a schedule of...

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