Although the word “cantata” is not used often, it is a musical form that has been around for since the 1700’s. The word means to tell a story through music. Christmas Joy, Schweitzer’s cantata, will tell the story of Jesus’ birth through music during worship services this Sunday, December 17. Chancel Choir and guest orchestra…

Dear Friend, During this Advent Season, I am reading a chapter each day from Isaiah. These words spoke to me in a fresh new way this morning :  “Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’…still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s…’”  Isaiah 44:5.  I then felt compelled to simply write on my…

Dear Schweitzer Friend, I hope Thanksgiving offered opportunities to be with those you hold closest in your heart. In addition to gaining a couple of pounds, the weekend produced in me a more grateful spirit for all that is good.  I find instructive the quote “Complaining is the language of hell. Praise is the language…

Dear Friend, Our grandson, Oren, and his mother, Alexandra, were having a deep theological conversation: Oren: God has a very important job to do. Alexandra: Yes, he does. Oren: He gives us Legos. Alexandra: He gives us all good things. Oren: Yes he puts all the Lightning McQueens and the Tow Maters in   the store….

One of the things God is impressing on me these days is practicing his presence as it relates to the needs of others around me. A friend includes this quote of Fred Rogers in her missional statement: “Appreciation is a holy thing–when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with…

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