Category Harry’s Letters

Easter 2023 – Harry’s Letter

“In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.” John Bowring, 1825 Dear Friends, The events that we remember and celebrate each Easter – the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth – are the most central and significant events […]

Lent 2023 – Harry’s Letter

Dear Friends, I thought of just saying “It’s Lent so repent!”. That may be catchy, but sounds rather irreverent. Also, it’s not very helpful. Let’s first review the concept of Lent. It’s a 40-day period (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter. Although there’s no biblical directive establishing it, ’40 days’ does crop up often […]

Year-end 2022 – Harry’s Letter

Dear Friends, For the first time in 3 years our churches have actually stayed open in January! Yay! It’s been a difficult 3 years. We’re probably all suffering some degree of ‘pandemic fatigue’. It appears that we’re slowly coming out of the fog. Isolation is of particular concern for followers of Jesus, since, as Hebrews […]

Advent 2022 – Harry’s Letter

“If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Ro. 8:25 Dear Friends, I’m quite sure that we all need something to look forward to. It could be as simple as a good meal, a hockey game or chatting with a friend. It might be more significant, as in […]

Thanksgiving 2022 – Harry’s Letter

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Dear Friends, As I write this Hurricane Ian is bearing down furiously on the Florida coast. There will undoubtedly be vast destruction of property and infrastructure, loss of livelihood and life. How can Floridians, or anyone, ‘give […]

World-wide Communion / Return to Church – Harry’s Letters

World-wide Communion 2020 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Dear Friends, It has been a weird year, to put it mildly.  We have been holed up in our homes, required to wear masks when we go out and […]

Easter Services Update – Harry’s Letter

Hi Everyone, I started by using the webcam on a laptop but have graduated to a video camera.  By last Sunday we’d added kids’ pictures and hymns with words for singing along. This Friday is Good Friday and at 10:30 we will be streaming a service which Melissa Stephens has put together. This will include […]

Streaming again on March 29th, 10:30 a.m. – Harry’s letter

Hi all, From emails and phone conversations this week it appears everyone is staying home and safe and healthy. I’ve been going to the church office most days but staying quite cloistered. Lynne is sometimes there at a  distance. I’ve been learning how to make videos with sound added to pictures and such. I have a long […]

A song for the times – Harry’s posting

HUC begins live streaming services – Harry’s letter

Hi Everyone, We’ve got a plan to live stream a message on Sunday at 10 a.m. I’m just using the webcam on a laptop. We’ve tried it out a bit and it seems to work well. I’ll go live about 9:45 so people can be connected ahead of time. For those with more computer confidence there […]