Pastor's Letters

From the Pastor's Desk: Reforming Stewardship

This fall marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation — an event at the roots of the Presbyterian Church, when a group of people committed themselves to reading the Bible and found the imagination to challenge the status quo. Sometimes we think that the way things are is the way things have to be. But that’s definitely notRead more

The Bible and the Newspaper

The Pastor and the Faithful should not deceive themselves into thinking that they are a religious society, which has to do with certain themes; they live in the world. We still need — according to my old formulation — the Bible and the Newspaper. (Karl Barth, 1966)

I generally enjoy reading and watching the news. I like to know whatRead more

Why Advent?

I love Christmas music. The day after Thanksgiving, I am ready to decorate a tree with lights and tinsel. I even love wrapping presents! But when it comes to worship, I need Advent. I need one place where the world isn’t buzzing, and instead it’s quiet. I need a place where people look less like perfect Christmas cards and more likeRead more

Tune into God's rhythm


Michael Sheu

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second one is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. – Matthew 22:37-40

August has always seemed likeRead more

Church that matters

A few weeks ago, Eric and I visited some old friends in New York City. Catching up as friends do, I shared with them about my new ministry at Eliot. I told them about the diversity of our congregation and the joy of our worship services. I also shared what I perceive to be areas for growth including spiritual formation, numerical growth, andRead more