Monday Morning Reflections

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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Meet New Bookkeepers Keith and Zulima Clark-Hoyos

Please join the Presbytery of San Gabriel in welcoming Keith and Zulima Clark-Hoyos of Church Training Center to assist us with our accounting now that Twila is retiring. Keith has served as the Executive Associate Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ...

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Hope Lives

But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 2 Kings 5:13 I don’t know if you’re familiar with the story...

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Saints

Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith. James 2:17-18 Tomorrow is Election Day, and it seems that’s all anyone can talk about....

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Crumbs

She came and knelt before Jesus, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman,...

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Languages

The Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. Habakkuk 2:2 This last weekend was my first real work with the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission (GAPJC), and as I started out in this very new...

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Reflection: Kristi Van Nostran

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you...

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Shalom

I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and towns that you had not built, and you live in them; you eat the fruit of vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant. Joshua 24:13 I hope you had a joyous World Communion Sunday yesterday. We on 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.