Pastor’s Weekly Message


15
Apr 2022
An Easter Message from Bishop Grant Hagiya

As we observe the most sacred of days for us as Christians, let me remind you that we walk the same journey as Jesus during this time. Today, we are reminded of the pain, suffering, and torture that Jesus experienced on Good Friday. It was more than any human could bear, and Jesus faced this alone with no support from those who abandoned him. So too, in our world, people are suffering and dying in a senseless war in Ukraine, often alone and abandoned. On the Island of Tonga, people continue to......

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Paradox

Paradox

One of my favorite movies of my teenage years was the animated film, Aladdin. I loved the humor of Robin Williams that really shone in his depiction of the genie. One of his phrases...


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The 'Quiet' Ministry

The ‘Quiet’ Ministry

Greetings Friends, Have you ever considered what makes a ministry effective? Is something effective because it serves a lot of people in the greater community? Is something effective because it creates lasting memories for...


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A Denomination Divided

A Denomination Divided

The United Methodist Church has made the news again. It announced last week that General Conference 2020 has been postponed another time. General Conference is the highest decision-making body of the United Methodist Church...


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Help for Ukraine

Help for Ukraine

As we watch the news from Ukraine, it’s easy to feel helpless and fearful. As in other times of social anxiety, our Methodist tradition has direction for us. The United Methodist Church speaks against...


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Being Brave

Being Brave

I grew up in northern Florida, lived in Florida all my life, lived just south of the “Space Coast” for a while, and I never saw a space shuttle launch. I can remember, however,...


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Reset Your Thinking

Reset Your Thinking

Have you thought about the opportunities around you every day? Often, I get stuck on my “problems” or my “obstacles.” An unexpected bill. Another doctor’s appointment to squeeze in. An unending supply of emails....


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