Monday Morning Reflections

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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Stated Clerk’s Corner September 2019

First on my items of the day is to remind everyone that the second and last Review of Minute Books and Registers for the year is coming up on October 5, 2019 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, South Pasadena beginning at 10:00 am that morning and expected to end by noon....

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I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. John 13:34 God calls us to love one another, and while sometimes this commandment leads us to do good things for others, at other times it leads us to...

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Students Serve Across Los Angeles

This summer 30 teens and leaders from Presbyterian churches throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Riverside gathered daily for a week to become the hands and feet of Christ in service to others. During these five days, those who participated made a difference in the...

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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.