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Rev. Doug Schader, Pastor

7 Church Street

Turbotville, PA 17772


A Message from the Pastor's Desk:

The old Hymn goes “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” The hymn is inspired by John 12:34 – “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”.

My concern is, do they know we are Christians by our love? I feel like the world is experiencing less love all the time. Maybe it’s the naiveté of getting older and thinking back to better times. It seems that our leaders were more compassionate and more faithful. I guess people were more compassionate and faithful. Maybe I long to go back to a more innocent time when love, faith, and compassion were in style. They were not seen as weakness.

It feels like today we’ve become so numb to violence, to hate, to insensitivity that we can’t even speak out against it. In fact, we live in a world where permission has been given to express your hate, prejudice and bullying toward others as an acceptable right!

So, what do we, as Christians, do in response to the world we live in today? Well, what the world sees as foolish is wisdom to God. What the world looks down on as weakness, God uses to show his strength.

Love, compassion and faith never go out of style. How we live in the world today is the same as ever, with love! They will know we are Christians by our love. And the world has never been in more need of that love than now. It has to begin in our hearts, our homes, churches, communities, places of work, and especially our schools.

It is lived out in a simple smile, a greeting, helping hand, and warm heart. And most of all, in the simple words....I Love You. When was the last time you told someone you love them? There is nothing emptier than missed opportunity. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Because from where I stand, we live in a world of missed opportunities!!

What I love and admire most in my son, Christian, is his willingness to tell and show love to others. Christian is not perfect, but I feel his love is perfect. Christian will tell you he loves you anytime of the day or night. Before he gets on the school bus, he always tells me he loves me and gives me a hug. Some mornings, he turns back two or three times to give me another hug and reminds me he loves me. Bedtime can take a while to get started because he has to hug and tell everyone in our home he loves them. Christian gives hugs to friends, neighbors, teachers and anyone who seems to need one. And of course, you’ve all heard him say on Sunday morning “I love you” to me during joys and concerns. My heart melts a little every time.

I did not realize it at the time we named our baby Christian what a perfect name it would be for him. They will know we are Christians by our love, and Christian is known by his love. It is this love that God has gifted us with, blessed our home and family with, and is the light that shines in the darkest days to ever remind me to live out this life of Christian love. I invite you all to do the same.

Love & Blessings,

Reverend Doug

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