Faithful Christian Children

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis 2021 Blog Number 3 January 18, 2021 Faithful Christian Children It was seven years ago that I was thrilled when one of my daughter’s was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. She is part of a lengthy tradition. Both …

American Exceptionalism

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis 2021 Blog Number 2 January 11, 2021 American Exceptionalism I know that this is not politically correct but I do believe in American Exceptionalism. I do think that our historic succession of power, in a world that had monarchies, was exceptional and is now imitated. I will …

Politics and Religion

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis 2021 Blog Number 1 January 4, 2021 Politics and Religion On December 22, 2020 John Gabriel wrote an opinion piece for USA Today. This article which was titled, “God help us: We’re losing our religion and filling void with politics.” In this article he argues that religious …

Persons of the Year?

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 45 December 28, 2020 Persons of the Year? I have been a subscriber to Time Magazine since the 1970’s. In high school I took a class that examined current global political issues. Our textbook was Time Magazine. I discovered that a subscription was cheaper than …

A Tradition With A Twist

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 44 December 21, 2020 A Tradition With A Twist For decades one of our deacons has been making Christmas Deacon ornaments. These are made as members order them. It is a fine tradition and my tree displays every ornament for the past fourteen years. They …

Reflections on A Charlie Brown Christmas

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 43 December 14, 2020 Reflections on A Charlie Brown Christmas A while ago I was asked what my favorite Christmas movie was. My answer is simple. I have two. My favorite is “The Nativity Story” from 2006 and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from 1965. I …

God’s Ripples of Mission

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 41 November 30, 2020 God’s Ripples of Mission From the beginning of the Corona plague until mid-October, we held our worship service only on-line. We held a re-opening on October 15. How this happened was that in September a number of church members requested this. …

Dozens blessed from throw-aways

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 40 November 23, 2020 Dozens blessed from throw-aways Not so long ago I received a phone call from a woman in the church. She works at MPS Enterprises, a marketing company. Frequently this company has food products for their use. What to do when the …

A Christian Village at its best

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 39 November 16, 2020 A Christian Village at its best I received an email recently from Family Promise. This is the group that, among other things, coordinates feeding of homeless as well as economically insecure people in our area. Several times a year our congregation …