2nd Congregational Church

Pastor's Newsletter

Every month, one of our pastors writes an article for the congregation as part of our newsletter entitled The Advance.  Below is the article from March 2015

One of my least favorite pains happens all too often while I am running.  It is not a physical pain.  It is the pain of being “hooked” on one line of the lyrics of a song and singing it over and over again.  Once some object that I have passed or a thought that flits randomly through my head inspires a song, it is very hard for me to get it out of my head. 

I have to say some tunes are worse than others.  For instance, while I appreciate the sentiment and the tune is satisfactory, I have often found myself singing “They will know we are Christians, by our love”—and just that line!—mile after mile after mile.  Those of you who know the tune, know that it is in a minor, less-than-cheery key, which contributes to a sense that I am plodding along this running trail with no end in sight!

This song—and that one line—came to mind as I was preparing this newsletter, and I found myself singing it in my head. This fixation may make me my own tormentor, but the truth rings through as I collected the articles for this issue.  “They” truly will know that we are Christians by our love!  I must say that I am very impressed with the mission emphasis that pervades what we do at our church.  As you see what we have done and what we will be doing, I hope you feel the same way… I just hope you don’t get trapped in a monotonous song loop, the way I do! 

Read these pages.  Be proud of yourselves and those who are part of the “Second family.”  And may we find even more ways to show our love for God’s Creation.


 Pastor Peter










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