Posts by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

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Friday, July 7th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, As we settle into the heat of July, many of us are travelling. In response, we will consider some of the travelling songs in the Bible. These songs are called the “Psalms of Ascent” (Psalms 120-134) and they were sung by folks as they traveled to Jerusalem for various Holy Days. They can […]

Friday, June 30th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, July 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays, in part because it falls near my own birthday (true confessions!). But I love the picnics and the music. I love the fireworks and the bunting and the parades. As Americans, we know that we are grateful to have been born in […]

Friday, May 12th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, Each Wednesday I lead chapel for our Hobson preschool students. I would not describe this time as quiet or reflective. It is more like (in the immortal words of Roger Miller) “rollerskating in a buffalo herd.” One of the traditions we have developed during this time is a short song we sing […]

Friday, April 21st

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, As we enjoy this season after Easter, I am reminded of something that happened at Jesus’ death that we don’t always notice. Matthew, Mark and Luke all include this event in their crucifixion passages. Here it is from Mark’s point of view: “And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last. […]

Friday, April 14th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, Quickly, quickly, we come to Good Friday. And on that day we read that this happened: “After mocking Jesus, the soldiers stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.” —Mark 15:20 I am reminded of this short portion of […]

Friday, March 17th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, You may have read that I am trying to memorize 3 psalms a week as part of my Lenten devotional and discipline. Well, last week Orin Frank, the retired pastor of Greenwood Presbyterian Church, informed me that “back in the day” Scottish pastors were required to memorize all 150 of the psalms! If […]

Friday, March 3rd

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, We have begun the season of Lent which is the 40 days before the celebration of Easter. Over hundreds of years many have found it helpful to give something up during this time: chocolate or meat or desserts; others have found meaning in taking something on during the season. I have taken […]

Friday, February 10th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, As many of you know, we have had the privilege to host Mike McHargue this past week (note: his last event is tonight at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall) and, speaking for myself, I have learned a great deal from him. One thing he talked about on Wednesday night was how Jesus […]

Friday, February 3rd

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, Some of you know that we have two dogs in our family. One is a lovable (if dim) black Lab and the other is a fluffy Australian Shepherd. What we have noticed about these two dogs is that the Lab sleeps all day long and the Shepherd spends most of his time […]

Friday, January 13th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, We are studying our Psalm for the Year in worship again this Sunday and I thought it would be nice if you had a copy of it in your email as well. It is printed here for you and followed up with a few thoughts. Psalm of the Year: Psalm 146 Praise […]