Monday Morning Reflections

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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Reflection: Digital Immigrants

How can we sing the Lord’s song    in a foreign land? Psalm 137:4 I hope you had a meaningful and worshipful World Communion Sunday weekend.  It was quite a busy weekend, including multilingual worship services, church gatherings, and a pancake breakfast.  I had the...

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Reflection: Telling Our Stories

Then we your people, the flock of your pasture,   will give thanks to you forever;   from generation to generation we will recount your praise.  Psalm 79:13 Last Saturday, the Presbytery of San Gabriel installed Rev. Ming Yuan Hsu as pastor of Good Shepherd Taiwanese...

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Reflection: What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor John 12:26 When I was younger, the cool Christians wore bracelets with the letters WWJD, for “What Would Jesus Do?”  The simple...

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Reflection: Sharing Your Wisdom

The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter.  After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said . . . Acts 15:6-7a I wanted to start by giving thanks to our staff and the leadership of Tapestry Youth Collective for their columns these past...

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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.