From Our Pastor

April 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

At the end of life, what do you hear people say that matters the most? Over and over again, it is family…close friends…partners…people in our lives. In other words, relationships are what matter the most.

When asked what is the most important commandment, Jesus answered,

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
all your soul and all your mind.
And second one like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two hang all the rest.”

Relationships matter—-with God, one another and ourselves! When we look at the ministry of Jesus, it was all about relationships. It is not surprising with Jesus being the Son of God who created a world to be in relationship and sent His only begotten Son to be in relationship with us.

You’ve heard the rhyme from childhood,

Here’s the church, here’s the steeple,
open the door and there’s all the people.

We may not be a church with a steeple but at the heart of Johns Island Presbyterian Church is the people. People come for all kinds of reasons here; but they are drawn to stay because of the people. Relationships matter here—with God, one another, and ourselves.

May we celebrate this gift that we all have been given together in Christ!


Dr. Laurey Murphy
Pastor, JIPC