Monday Morning Reflections

Monday Morning Update

This past Saturday, November 10th was the last presbytery meeting of the 2018 year. We were welcomed into the Sanctuary of First Thai Presbyterian Church, Covina, to the sight of a beautifully fall decorated sanctuary that was a delight to the eyes. There were fall...

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Monday Morning Update

You see, then, that it is by our actions that we are put right with God, and not by our faith alone.James 2:24A friend of mine who teaches at Yale Divinity School said, “Joy is a work of resistance against despair. This work involves more than feeling an emotion.” ...

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Doorkeepers of the House of God

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. — Psalm 84:10 Vickie Lee Jones and Maurice Stallard near Louisville, Kentucky.  In Pittsburgh, Joyce Fienberg....

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Sharing in the Ministry

They voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints. Corinthians 8:3-4 Time seems to be moving quickly these days.  After what seemed like an endlessly hot...

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Kenotic Faithfulness

Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the...

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Voices of the Voiceless

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Isaiah 58:1a Hello from Chicago! I am writing from the Mid-Council Leaders Gathering, an annual meeting organized by the Office of the General Assembly for synod and presbytery staff and stated clerks,...

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You Matter

And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night?  Will God delay long in helping them? Luke 18:7 As you know, First Presbyterian Church of Pomona experienced an unspeakable tragedy a year-and-a-half ago, when 8-year-old Jonah Hwang was...

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The Dignity of Work

They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Isaiah 65:21 Every year, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Peacemaking Program sponsors individuals from all over the world to speak on their work for justice and peace in their...

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Generations

One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.  - Psalm 145:4 What a joyous Presbytery meeting we had this last Saturday!  We welcomed seven new members, and as they shared their statements of faith and answered questions, we...

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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.