Messy Communion

Dear Church, Like many Reformed congregations, we here at First Church celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month. The only exception is the first Sunday of Advent. I remember Communion Sundays usually meant...

Reading Together

Dear Church, The phone rang last week as I was in my office. Nyla answered and I heard her say, “Oh, I’m so sorry to hear.” Pause. “Okay, what room number? We’ll be praying for him and I’ll let Pastor Matt know.” As soon as she hung up I knew...

Getting Older

Dear Church, A few weeks ago I met with a couple in my office. They aren’t members of our church, but through a series of circumstances, they have come to call me their surrogate pastor. They are in their middle 80’s and live in...

The Holy Mess of Worship

Dear Church, I thought he died in church. Seriously. And I’m sorry to sound crass, but last Sunday morning I thought Dr. Don died right smack dab in the middle of the service just as I was reciting a portion of Matthew 27. A few heads turned, then more....

Happy Birthday, First Church

Dear Church, This past week we celebrated the 169th birthday of the First Reformed Church in South Holland, IL. The plaque outside the Heritage Room marks August 11, 1848 as the birthday of our body of Christ. The plaque reads “All for the...