From Our Pastor

November 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

There’s a small brass plaque no bigger than two inches on a Presbyterian pulpit in downtown Jacksonville with the words: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” I am reminded of those words each Sunday as I “robe up” and pray with those who are leading worship as people come in the doors of the sanctuary. For one Sunday in that church, there was a homeless man who came in the middle of the service and walked down the center aisle looking to the right and to the left before sitting on the very front pew. Then halfway through the sermon, this man got up, went down front to put some coins in one of the offering plates, and slowly made his way back up the aisle. An usher spoke to him on his way out to see if there was anything wrong. He said, “No, sir. I only wished to see Jesus.”

I think that is secretly the wish of us all. But it is not found simply in who is preaching. But rather I believe it is in the sense of this prayer for us all that was written by a young woman, Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) :

Christ has no body but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours
Yours are the eyes with which He looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good, Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet.
Christ has no body now on earth, but yours.

You never know when someone might be seeking and sees Jesus in you! I thank God for such in each of you!


Dr. Laurey Murphy
Pastor, JIPC