Monday Morning Reflections

July 21: Listen to the Children

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37 It is helpful to stop and reflect once in a while—as individuals, as congregations, and as the Presbytery of San Gabriel.  This week is...

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Reflection: It Takes a Village

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ . . . Ephesians 4:11-12 Last week I mentioned that Steve Wiebe and I were...

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Reflection: Spreading the Word

See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! Galatians 6:11 I am writing this column after watching the Oscars.  Even though I have not seen the film “Parasite,” I got emotional seeing the joy of the filmmaker Bong Joon Ho and his colleagues,...

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Reflection: Familiar Strangers

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  Ephesians 2:13 I don’t know if you have had the opportunity to watch any of the impeachment trial, but I have noticed that the sessions begin the same way:  an unnamed...

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Reflection: Fathers and Daughters

Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying. Luke 8:41-42a I was sitting in a church meeting where the congregation...

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Reflection: One Voice

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6) It has been a very full week in the life of Christ’s...

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Reflection: Beginnings and Introductions

Greetings, The new year is a time for resets as we all begin afresh after the hussle and bussle of the Christmas season. At the beginning of this new year and this new decade, I am beginning a new position. I have been involved with the Presbytery of San Gabriel since...

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Reflection: Epiphany for All of Us

When Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well...

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Reflection: Shepherds

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. Luke 2:8-9 Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, when we keep...

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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.