Gratitude: The Cure for Worry

This Sunday we heard the advice of Jesus to notice the lilies of the field, to attune ourselves to that for which we can be grateful instead of worrying.


Advent 2015




Advent begins Sunday, November 29th. Together during this period of preparation, we will engage the theme of “Testify to Love,” exploring the many ways that love came down at Christmas. We will hear and sing songs old and new and  hear one another’s stories of hope, peace, joy, and love.

Advent is a time of waiting, of holding our breath for what’s waiting for us just around the corner. We’re making preparations to celebrate Christmas Day, of course, but most importantly Christians spend this time preparing and waiting for the Christ to be born again into a hurting, needing world.

We’re not the first people who have longed for a different world. All through history, people have waited just as eagerly for peace, hope, joy, and love.

The scriptures we read in this season are not just of people who sat around hoping the world would change. They are of people who acted on this hope, who lived differently because they heard God saying the world could be different.
■ What are you waiting for in Advent?
■ How might you experience this season differently
from year to year?
■ In what ways might your Advent be a pilgrimage,
a holy walk?
■ To where might this Advent pilgrimage/journey

James Finley on Peace

jamesfinleyThis weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of a retreat with James Finley. Jim lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. After leaving the monastery, he became a psychotherapist and now is a sought after retreat leader. One of Dr. Finley’s themes is finding peace in the midst of non-peaceful circumstances. Here is a brief teaching from Jim on the subject:


Trusting the Promise

Bruce Linser Sings Broadway and the American Songbook

Bruce Head CroppedJoin us on Sunday January 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM for an afternoon of the music you love brilliantly performed by our own Bruce Linser accompanied by Paul Reekie on the piano. The concert will be in two acts. The first act is comprised of the songs you love from the American Songbook as made famous by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble and others.  The second act will be some of the best of Broadway. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and free for children and students. They may be purchased from a member of the  Men’s Fellowship or online on our giving page.

In addition to being our organist and choir director, Bruce Linser teaches musical theatre and in the dean of the theatre department at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and has acted and sung his way around the country and around the world for nearly two decades.

Theatrically, he’s performed Off-Broadway in New York City, as well as regionally in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Locally he has appeared at Caldwell Theatre Company, FAU Festival Rep, GableStage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, New Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks and Take Heed Theater Company.

He’s appeared on TV in “All My Children” and “The View,” and in the movies “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Bumping Off Burt”. Bruce has twice been a cover model for the Palm Beach Post, as the Barefoot Mailman and as the Go Guy. He also voiced a character for the animated holiday special, “The Littlest Light On The Christmas Tree”.

In addition to acting and singing, Bruce is an accomplished pianist and musical director. See more about Bruce at