Pastor Steve’s Blog

Lent 2017

“Friends in Christ, every year at the time of the Christian Passover we celebrate our redemption through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to renew our life in the paschal mystery. We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance, […]

Only the Beginning

It has been an eventful month. On May 1, the congregation of Calvary Church voted unanimously to accept the dismissal terms negotiated with a team from the Presbytery of Southern New England. The following Saturday, presbytery voted unanimously to approve Calvary’s request to be dismissed to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The Session […]

Looking Ahead to Easter

Later this month, we will celebrate the event which defines our hope as the people of God. On Easter morning, we proclaim that the one who we follow was not just a great religious teacher who lived long ago, now fondly remembered. We do not proclaim a Savior who was raised from the dead, but […]

New Year’s Reflections

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:28-29 As we enter into a new year, it is good to ponder the question of what God requires of us. What would God […]

The Gift of the Gospel

This fall we have focused on the Gospel Revolution, the Good News of God’s grace and love freely given to us in Jesus Christ. As we now enter into the season of the church year which celebrates the revelation of God’s love and mercy of God in Jesus, we have many reasons for gratitude. We […]

The Gospel: The Main Thing

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes… Romans 1:16 Early in my ministry, I learned an important principle. It goes like this: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” If an organization is going to […]

Thoughts on Fall and the Gospel Revolution

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over. Fall will soon be upon us and with it, ministries at Calvary Church will be in full swing. Sunday School, Youth Group, Kid’s Club, and a host of other programs will begin another year of teaching children and adults about Jesus. Choirs and musical groups […]

Vision One, Pathways, and the Future of Calvary Church

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. – Isaiah 35:8 For many years a favorite summer get-away has been property belonging to Melissa’s family in the Adirondack Mountains. It is a peaceful and beautiful spot — 45 acres […]

Come and see – John 1:46

Most of us have received a variety of invitations in our lives. Some were invitations to share in significant milestones in the lives of those we know and love. Some were invitations to gala events – good food, drink and entertainment. Some have received invitations to meet important people. Others were invitations to spend a […]

A Firm Foundation

For a couple of summers during college I worked for a company which specialized in concrete foundations. I remember one job where we were trying to dig a trench for some footings in very sandy soil. The more that we dug, more the sand would just fill in. Finally had to give up… and bring […]