Monday Morning Reflections

Communion

In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus...

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God’s Appearance to Us

This last Saturday was Epiphany. This holiday celebrates the revelation of God to us in the birth of Jesus Christ. This is dramatically represented with the arrival of foreign, Gentile leaders who searched for the new king of the Jews, following a star. The Western...

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Connecting

I am writing this column from Chicago O'Hare Airport, on the way back from several days in Louisville, so let's give thanks to the miracle of technology that keeps us connected wherever we are. I am half-joking, but actually I have wanted to share something that's...

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Out of Chaos, Hope

It's been said that one can judge the quality of a society by the way they treat their children and the elderly. In the midst of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the strength and the love of the people of Southeast Texas shone brightly, especially as they...

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When God Intervenes

    I know this is proof texting (digging around the Bible to find a quote to fit your purposes, even if it doesn't reflect the meaning of the Scripture), but I couldn't resist thinking about the attention put to this morning's solar eclipse. Certainly such an event...

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Two Major Crisis

Hello everybody! Yes, I'm back, after taking some time off and helping to lead a seminar in Florida.  No need to go into detail on the last few weeks, but I enjoyed a little travel, some concerts, better sleep, too much food, and a wonderful conference with immigrant...

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Retired Church Workers

Guest Author: Lauren Evans. I've been working as the presbytery's Chaplain to Retired Church Workers now for nearly half a year, and as I've begun to get to know a number of the Honorably Retired members of our community I've had the chance to listen to the stories of...

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Growing Younger

Guest Author: Jake Kim. How can churches grow younger? The book "Growing Young," written by the Fuller Youth Institute, looks at various strategies to help develop meaningful youth and young adult ministries. Their work is based on research from over 250 churches of...

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Overcoming Adversity

Guest Author: Wendy Gist. If I had been asked to write this column a week ago, the Bible verses I selected for this week's column would not have been my chosen verses. I was far from a "Praise the Lord!" place. I was not thanking God. Instead I was stressed out and...

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Prayer for Your SGP Staff

Every summer, your presbytery staff reflects on our work in the past year, and updates our objectives for the next year, until June 2018. I thought I would share a few top-line priorities, for your information and so you can pray for us as we seek to support the...

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On the Move

Are you keeping cool?! Yesterday I was quite worried about the weekend heat, because we do not yet have air conditioning in the sanctuary at the Presbytery Center on 9723 Garibaldi in Temple City. Worshiping with 200+ folks at 1:30 in the afternoon without air...

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As Boomers Age

Yesterday, Mideast Evangelical Church worshiped for the first time in their new home at 9723 Garibaldi Avenue in Temple City. They were welcomed by Grace Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, who have been worshiping at this location for about 20 years. Each first Sunday of...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.