Monday Morning Reflections


What they had already brought was more than enough to do all the work. Exodus 36:7 This may be the easiest column I’ve every written. All I need to do is reflect for a moment on last week’s WinterFest, and I see abundant proof of Bruce Reyes-Chow’s assertion in his...

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Body Building

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in...

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What Church is For

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36 Sometimes I fear...

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Alleluia, Anyway

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that...

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Shining in the Dark

Arise, shine; for your light has come,and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 In the midst of all that is happening these days, I have found it hard to say “Happy New Year.” It seems discordant, especially on the news, for someone to report on some...

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And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy...

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called you out of darkness into this marvelous light. 1:1 Peter 2:9 We are in Advent, the season of anticipation. Coming to...

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Executive Presbyter’s Report

Once a year I’m expected to give a report to the Presbytery. I was prepared to give a report that was already too long, but the meeting was going late, and my dogs seemed to think I should keep it short. In case anyone is interested, here is the report I intended to...

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Giving Thanks

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 Something about these strange days that makes every day feel like forever. It was only last Tuesday that we had our last presbytery...

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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.