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You perhaps have heard the story of the little girl who was on a cruise ship that was caught in a hurricane off the Florida coast. One of the other passengers observed how calm she was despite the fearful storm and the panic of most of the adults. He asked, “How can you be so calm and unconcerned...
In 2015 while riding our bicycles across America, Beryl and I entered the Paw Paw tunnel on the C & O Towpath trail.  We knew the tunnel was almost ¾ of a mile long and it was adjacent to the boat channel used to bring supplies from Washington DC to Pennsylvania in the 1800’s.  The towpath was...
“And [the angel Gabriel] came to [Mary] and said, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ ” Luke 1:28 This week I was reminded several times of this: to wonder at the wonder of the familiar Christmas story. For example, like when the archangel Gabriel (who first appears several hundred...
The Star Herald reached out to churches for their worship information in the absence of in-person worship services, due to coronavirus social distancing. Those that responded are listed here. Those that would like to have information posted here should call the Star Herald or email editor@star-...
“Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm …” We all know this beloved Christmas carol, and may have fond memories of singing it, likely with a lit candle in hand, seeing the faces of family and friends bathed in soft light, warm and snuggly at the end of the Christmas Eve worship service, before...
We’re journeying through December toward Christmas, so I invite you to consider some of those who journeyed to see the newborn king. Those shepherds in the wide open fields were the first to receive the message of God’s great action of grace. Their lives were repetitive, perhaps even monotonous....
In some congregations candles are lit on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. We call those four Sundays the season of advent because we prepare to celebrate anew the advent (coming) of the Son of God when He was born to live among us and to do a great work of salvation. The birth of...
As Thanksgiving approaches and especially on the Day, individuals and families often reflect on what they have to be thankful for over the past year. Many families have had significant events taking place. A young (or older!) couple getting married. A little baby is born. A new addition to the...
In October we took a “Sheracation,” the first-ever trip where our dog, Shera, was able to come with us. I’ve heard some people express that they love seeing places and experiences through their children’s eyes – but have you ever thought about seeing things through a pet’s? Traveling with Shera was...
The gem that I would like to begin with for this article is found in Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Each of you should                                                                look not only to...

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