EP Reflections

Rejoice Always

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4 When I pastored a small rural church on the island of Kaua‘i, I once asked the church leaders about their experience after Hurricane ‘Iniki destroyed their church building and many homes. One of...

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From Death to Life

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24 This last week, the death toll in Gaza passed 30,000. Over 100 people were killed while trying to get food...

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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? Psalm 22:1 During Lent, we often reflect on our mortality. And Lent concludes on Good Friday, when we think of the mortal side of Jesus. One Good Friday...

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Tended by Angels

He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.                                                            Mark 1:13 We are now in the season of Lent. There have been many meanings and practices...

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Black Presbyterian Excellence

Lift up your eyes and look around;  they all gather together, they come to you;your sons shall come from far away,  and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. Isaiah 60:4 February is Black History Month, and on January 30th we had an opportunity to...

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WinterFest—Presbytery Recap

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in...

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Joint Heirs with Christ

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we...

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May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for usyes, establish the work of our hands. – Psalm 90:17 I’m honored to be writing this week’s reflection for the MMU. This is my first official week as your new temporary stated clerk and...

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The Beloved Community

Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and God’s love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:11-12 Today would be a Happy 95th Birthday to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This...

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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.