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. 

  • Instrument of peace

    October 22, 2020 - Our stewardship theme this year is from the Prayer of St. Francis: "For it is in giving that we receive." 

    So I have been spending time with this very familiar prayer. It begins with "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. 


  • lesson of our interconnectedness

    October 15, 2020 - I came across a bookmark-sized 2020 calendar this week, lost on my desk for some time. It jumped out at me though, for what it said at the top. There is a lovely piece of Native American art, and it says "All things are bound together, all things connect."

  • calm your mind, your heart

    October 8, 2020 - This week leads us up to Indigenous People's day. It seems like a good time to spend some moments - or a lot of moments - contemplating lessons that the First People ancestors can teach us. Lessons that are for calming our spirits, for carrying us through hard paths.

  • we share this recognition

    October 1, 2020 - This week is World Communion Sunday. It's a recognition that I have always loved, the image of Christians all around the world sharing this ritual in common. Different as we are, there is some element of familiarity that comes through in the Eucharist celebrations.