Monday Morning Reflections

Reflection: Christ among Us

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.  And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 1...

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Reflection: Advent

As we work together with God, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For God says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 2...

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Reflection: Thanksgiving

I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love Ephesians 3:16-17 It...

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Reflection: Liminal Space

God has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of God’s beloved Christ Jesus, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14 Tomorrow evening is the last Presbytery meeting of 2019, and so there are several...

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Reflection: United in Life and Death

As a father has compassion for his children,so the Lord has compassionfor those who fear him.For he knows how we were made;he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:13-14 One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson issued a message on the one-year anniversary...

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Reflection: Sing to the Lord

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;break forth into joyous song and sing praises.Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,with the lyre and the sound of melody. Psalm 98:4-5 It feels like we are experiencing the change in seasons (yes, we do have seasons in...

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Reflection: Pentecost, San Gabriel Style

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.    Acts 2:4 First, let me share some news of the community: We heard that Rev. Tom Duggan passed away last Monday night.  The celebration of his life...

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Reflection: Learning about China

I am writing you from Baltimore, where our Stated Clerk Diane Frasher and I are attending the Mid-Council Leaders Gathering in anticipation of GA224 next June.  It looks like it might be a fairly quiet GA; there don’t seem to be many big issues percolating but who...

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Reflection: Learning from Our Ancestors

Rehoboam answered the people harshly.  He disregarded the advice that the older men had given him and spoke to them according to the advice of the young men. Ephesians 4:15-16 Some of you know that the Presbyterian Planning Calendar prints readings each Sunday from...

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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.