Monday Morning Reflections

Alleluia, Anyway

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that...

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Shining in the Dark

Arise, shine; for your light has come,and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 In the midst of all that is happening these days, I have found it hard to say “Happy New Year.” It seems discordant, especially on the news, for someone to report on some...

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And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy...

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called you out of darkness into this marvelous light. 1:1 Peter 2:9 We are in Advent, the season of anticipation. Coming to...

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Executive Presbyter’s Report

Once a year I’m expected to give a report to the Presbytery. I was prepared to give a report that was already too long, but the meeting was going late, and my dogs seemed to think I should keep it short. In case anyone is interested, here is the report I intended to...

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Giving Thanks

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 Something about these strange days that makes every day feel like forever. It was only last Tuesday that we had our last presbytery...

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Meet New Bookkeepers Keith and Zulima Clark-Hoyos

Please join the Presbytery of San Gabriel in welcoming Keith and Zulima Clark-Hoyos of Church Training Center to assist us with our accounting now that Twila is retiring. Keith has served as the Executive Associate Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ...

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Hope Lives

But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 2 Kings 5:13 I don’t know if you’re familiar with the story...

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Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith. James 2:17-18 Tomorrow is Election Day, and it seems that’s all anyone can talk about....

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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.