From Our Pastor

January 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

As I was walking into the sanctuary for the 5 p.m. Christmas Pageant, I asked a child dressed in blue who she was. As serious as could be, she said, “Don’t you know who I am? Tonight I am Mary, and I’m going to have a baby. See ?” as she poked out her tummy to be suddenly “great with child.” Somewhere in this great journey of faith, each of us comes to realize that God’s story is our story!

One of my favorite writers, Frederick Buechner, said,

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and the pain of it, no less than the excitement and the gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

That’s my New Year’s prayer for you, to listen and see the grace in your story, my story, our story. For it is all a part of a much bigger story of God with us!

New Year Blessings!


Dr. Laurey Murphy
Pastor, JIPC