from jeannie's desk

Pastor's Blog

Click below to read weekly messages from Rev. Jeannie Himes, senior minister of St. Stephen's United Methodist church. 

  • equality of dark and light

    September 24, 2020 - Equinox definition, the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth and occurring about March 21 (vernal equinox, or spring equinox) and September 22 (autumnal equinox).  from

    This week is the equinox. I was struck by the part of this definition that says "equal length all over the earth."

  • disturbingly different

    September 17, 2020 - "The prophet in this day - facing a world where rugged individualism reigns and those who can't make it on their own are easily forgotten - now must do more than simply serve. They must lead this world beyond its present divisions of race and gender, or national identity and economic class..."

  • surviving plagues

    Sept. 3, 2020 - This week, in preparing for worship, I am thinking about the plagues. You know – the plagues of Egypt as Moses tried to free the slaves from Pharaoh: frogs, lice, sick animals, skin sores, hail, locusts, darkness, death. Lucky us – the Hebrew Bible thread is taking us into this, just as we are living with multiple plagues ourselves! Passover was the culmination of these plagues.

  • holy ground

    August 27, 2020 - This week, in researching the Burning Bush scripture, I have found that a lot of poets have written about it. Moses and the bush that burned, not consumed; standing on holy ground; standing against oppression - significant themes.