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Peapack Reformed Church is a congregation called by God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and committed to being the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world. We hope you will join us in worship Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM.


 Are You a Visionary?
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Oct 26, 2014
This morning’s reading from Deuteronomy describes Moses’ final days.  God gives Moses a panoramic vision of the land that had inspired his dreams and projects for over forty years.  Ever since his first encounter with God through the burning bush, Moses’ long-term plans and day-to-day decisions had been shaped by the vision of a land that offered abundance and security.  He spent those four decades trekking across a wilderness, leading a contentious, ungrateful nation of people.  He had had to goad them on, navigate through enemy territory, deal with their constant complaining, keep rekindling their trust in God and reminding them that they were all headed to the land of milk and honey and freedom.
 Secular and Religious
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Oct 19, 2014
Created in the image of God, we are to live our whole lives – in length and breadth and depth; in every aspect; in every environment; in every situation – according to what God commands, expects and hopes for us.  Jesus reminds us of what it is that God commands, expects and hopes for us, and we remind ourselves of it every week:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and strength and soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.

 Idle Worship
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Oct 12, 2014
While the Israelites in the Exodus story are left idle – having nothing much to do – while they wait for Moses, Jesus’ parable suggests that we can be idling in another way.  It’s like our engines are running at high rev, but we’re not really going anywhere.  God calls us, God invites us in, but we are too busy keeping up with the demands of other gods to come to the feast which God has prepared.  In the parable, it was the farm, the business, and crime, but there were other false gods and idol worship as well, I’m sure. 
 Blood From a Stone
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Oct 5, 2014
“Blood from a stone.”  The full expression is “you can’t squeeze blood from a stone.”  It describes an absolutely futile effort.  No matter how much force or power of persuasion you use, you can’t get out what isn’t there.  Impossible.  It simply can’t be done. Our scripture readings for today suggest just the opposite.

 Vineyard Haven
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Sep 28, 2014
Jesus stands in the synagogue teaching, drawing followers to himself as he opens up the word of God to them in new ways. But a group of high priests and elders confront him, demanding to know who gave him the authority to be there, teaching. They are no match for Jesus, though. He makes his point and then tells another parable, an allegory meant to reject “the way we’ve always done it” and to warn his followers against self-righteous arrogance.

 Bryn Athyn World
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Sep 21, 2014
Matthew writes for a mixed congregation that includes both longtime Jewish Christians (who may have known Jesus personally) and others who have joined the movement only recently, many of whom are Gentile converts.  Inevitably, conflicts arise around religious practices. In the parable that Jesus tells today, there is a dispute between the people who work long and hard and others who don’t seem to put in much time or effort at all.

 It’s a Judgment Call
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Sep 14, 2014
All the stories also show that forgiveness is a judgment call. Something catastrophic happens or even something minor and annoying. We can choose to live with hate and anger, continual disappointment and sadness or a desire to retaliate and get even. Or, we can choose to forgive and thus be set free to live in love and joy and peace. It’s a judgment call… and I can guess what God would have us do; can't you?
 

 

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