Posts by Steve Thayer

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Envisioning a New Chapter

It has been my privilege to serve as pastor of Calvary Church for over 23 years. Through different “seasons” of ministry, and not a few changes, Melissa and I have been blessed by the support, encouragement and love showered upon us by this congregation. I can’t imagine anything in which I would have rather invested […]

Advent/Christmas 2019

O Lord, how shall I meet you, how welcome you aright? Your people long to greet you, my hope, my heart’s delight! O kindle, Lord most holy, a lamp within my breast. To do in spirit lowly all that may please you best. Paul Gerhardt, 1653 O Lord, how shall I meet you, how welcome […]

Journey to Jerusalem

This season of Lent we have joined in a “Journey to Jerusalem.” On the journey we have not only studied Jesus’ life revealed in the Gospel of Luke, but have also been called to consider our lives and mission as disciples. In a few weeks we will celebrate the event which was the culmination of […]

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 20:20

The hope and desire of the early Christian church were expressed in the words “Come, Lord Jesus.” The Aramaic words from which this prayer springs, “Marana-tha,” are rooted in the first church in Jerusalem, and predate the word “Christian.” “Marana-tha” echoed faith in Jesus’ promise to be with his disciples to the end of the […]

Flourishing Disciples

A disciple is a person who actively engages with Jesus in a life-long journey of loving, following, and serving God in every area of life Just over two years ago, Calvary Church was blessed to enter into a new denominational connection as we were received into ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Two things […]

Flourishing Disciples

Dear Friends, One of the themes God has placed before Calvary Church over the past several years is DISCIPLESHIP. This is expressed in the vision adopted by session in 2015: Calvary Church: A Christ-centered community living God’s Kingdom through Loving God, Loving Others, and Making Disciples. This emphasis has continued through our relationship with ECO. […]

A Prayer for the New Year

“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” A prayer for the new year: “O SPIRIT OF GOD, help my infirmities, […]

Responding to God

How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? In this verse from Psalm 116, the psalmist raises a question which we should regularly ponder. Our God is a good and gracious God, he has forgiven and restored us to himself in Jesus Christ, his mercy and blessing touches every part of […]

A Season of Prayer

‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going.’ Zechariah 8:20 At significant moments in salvation history, God has called his people to seek him in prayer. I believe that this is such a time in the life of Calvary Church. […]


Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet” ….When […]