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Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church

1004 24th Street SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124   (505) 892-6664    

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Pastor Kathy

From the Pastor’s Heart – Feb 2018

     What words of Jesus mean the most to you? Which of his teachings has had the most impact on you as a disciple? During Lent we will be reflecting on some of those words – some spoken to disciples, some to those who were trying to understand him and his ministry. One of the great things about Lent is that it gives us the space to reflect on Jesus – his words, his actions, his love – without the hectic level of activity in Advent.

     It is my hope that Lent will be such a season for you, a season to step back and renew a spiritual practice – whether prayer or serving or reading scripture – as together we move toward the holy season of the passion and resurrection of Christ. What difference has Christ made in your life? What difference could you make for Christ?

     May this be a season of growth and new life for each of us.

Loving and serving God with you,
Pastor Kathy

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From the Pastor’s Heart – Jan 2018

 

While this isn’t really a New Year’s topic, I was privileged to go with one of the groups that went caroling. We visited saints of the church, some of whom still live in their own homes and some of whom are now in communities that provide care and support. These were holy ground moments, each of them. Members shared stories of the memories that the familiar carols brought to mind, they sang along, some with gusto. Most shed a few tears. In those moments we were being church together. We were sharing our faith through song and story, our hope and joy in Jesus Christ. You could sense the presence of the Holy Spirit in each place. We all were changed by being together.

As we enter the New Year, my prayer for you is an abundance of holy ground moments. These aren’t always happy moments, but they are tender moments when God is so present that you cannot help but sense the holy companionship and strength and love. They may come at hospital bedsides or maternity delivery rooms. They may be at your breakfast table or even while standing in line at the post office! I pray your heart will be open for all the ways God will come to you in this new year.

Loving and serving God with you,
Pastor Kathy

 


From the Pastor’s Heart – Dec 2017

     The light shines in the darkness. . .soon luminaria will be outlining the church. The Advent Wreath will be ready for our weekly lighting. One can go to the River of Lights at the zoo, or simply drive around the neighborhoods enjoying the lights from homes. Each light on a string, each candle, each paper bag filled with sand and a candle, are our statement that the darkness will not overwhelm us. In this darkest season of the year – with the shortest days and longest nights – as people of faith we choose not to stand in the darkness, but to seek the light of Christ.

     May this be a season of light and hope for each of you this year. Light your candles, your luminaria (or farolitos!), put lots of lights on your tree. But most of all remember that the light Christ brought into this world is one the darkness cannot overcome!    

Loving and serving God with you,
Pastor Kathy