EP Reflections


Thus says the Lord:A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping.Rachel is weeping for her children;she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.Thus says the Lord:Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears;for there...

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Waking Up to New Learning

The gifts Christ 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, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of...

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For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our...

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That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. John 21:7 I was looking at the lectionary for this column, and I was struck how each Gospel...

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Where Is Your Sting

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.    1 Corinthians 15:58 Christ is risen! Alleluia! I pray that you had a joyous Easter yesterday. In one Easter...

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Mortal and Eternal

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Romans 5:6, 10 I believe that...

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Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 This weekend I got an email from Rev. Larry Ballenger, one of those great retired pastors who has so much love, talent, faith, and joy that...

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Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?Matthew 7:3 Last week our Presbytery staff attempted to have lunch together. We chose a restaurant that is fairly centrally located, and has a big patio, in case folks were...

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Life and Ministry

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 A Prayer for Ukraine God of mercy, justice and peace:Our spirits are heavy with sorrow, our souls shocked at the sudden and breathtaking violence, the invasion of Ukraine by their...

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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.