Pastor Welcome Letter

Hi, Everybody!  Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill!

Our congregation is about connection. We connect to each other in community, by showing up each week. There is science to demonstrate that being in a congregation of any type helps us to live longer by about 7 years. I go to church regularly because I know it is a good thing for me to do.  It’s good for our biology, it’s good for our mental health, and it’s good for our spiritual connection to one another. It is also good for our neurology and our heart muscles.

We gather in worship because “worship” means to give thanks. We thank God for our lives, our world, each other, and the hope of God. The greatest gift of God’s love is the life of Jesus. He taught us to love our enemy (it’s hard, but it’s good for us). He gave us a New Commandment: “…that you love one another as I have loved you.” And the connection to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shows us that that love can be a powerful force to make the world a better place. “Love is the most powerful force in the universe. It is the only thing that can turn an enemy into a friend.”

We break bread with a light lunch after every service.  That’s what the first churches were, people sharing a meal.  If you had food, you would bring it to share. If you didn’t, you could eat anyway.  All are welcome. No rush, come visit a couple of times and see what happens.