Monday Morning Reflections

Caring for Our Communities in Response to COVID-19

Dear San Gabriel Presbytery family, This has been a stressful and confusing time as we all try to come to termswith the rapidly-changing guidelines regarding Coronavirus. The currentthinking is for all of us to sacrifice our busy lifestyles for the continuedhealth of...

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Human Rights in the Philippines

At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints; for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. Romans 15:25-26 Among Presbyterian leaders, we often refer to our “connectional”...

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Reflections: Pentecost Presbytery

Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her. Mark 14:9 Last week I asked that you mark your calendars for July 21st, when we will spend the evening in conversation and service with our...

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July 21: Listen to the Children

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37 It is helpful to stop and reflect once in a while—as individuals, as congregations, and as the Presbytery of San Gabriel.  This week is...

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Reflection: It Takes a Village

The gifts he 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 . . . Ephesians 4:11-12 Last week I mentioned that Steve Wiebe and I were...

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Reflection: Spreading the Word

See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! Galatians 6:11 I am writing this column after watching the Oscars.  Even though I have not seen the film “Parasite,” I got emotional seeing the joy of the filmmaker Bong Joon Ho and his colleagues,...

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Reflection: Familiar Strangers

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  Ephesians 2:13 I don’t know if you have had the opportunity to watch any of the impeachment trial, but I have noticed that the sessions begin the same way:  an unnamed...

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Reflection: Fathers and Daughters

Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying. Luke 8:41-42a I was sitting in a church meeting where the congregation...

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Reflection: One Voice

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6) It has been a very full week in the life of Christ’s...

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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.