EP Reflections

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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By Any Means Necessary

But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject...

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Leadership and Staff Update

Since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Corinthians 4:1 We have gone through two years of radical change due to COVID, and as you probably have heard from the news, we are now experiencing quite a bit of change in...

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Grace upon Grace

And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.    Genesis 45:5 As late as a few weeks ago, I wondered whether there will be a time when I just feel good and hopeful. I would think about...

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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.