Message from the Pastor

December 29th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told.  – Luke 2.20 I’ve sometimes wondered what it was like for the shepherds to return home after they’d heard the angels sing and seen Jesus in the manger.  It seems likely that they would have had difficulty returning to the same old patterns, schedules, and discussions in which they had participated before they’d…

December 22 update from David Bridges

“Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”  According to Luke’s gospel, those are the words Elizabeth spoke to Mary, the mother of Jesus. And in many ways, trusting what the Lord has promised is the very foundation of our faith.  But it’s not always easy.  In fact, at times it is quite difficult to believe the promise that God is with us, for us, and within us.  It’s not always easy…

December 15 update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, “Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.”  –Luke 2:13-14 Luke’s story about the birth of Jesus contains a few digs at Caesar and Rome.  One of these can be found in the verses above.  The word Luke uses to describe the group that comes alongside the angel is the Greek word for “army.”  But in contrast to what Caesar’s armies…

December 8th update from Bobby Kirkpatrick

Dear Friends, As Daniel De La Cerda shared his Advent testimony on Sunday morning, I was reminded of how good it is to hear from one another and to get to know one another more.  Sharing stories about God’s advent into our lives—especially His incarnation in Jesus—is my favorite Christmas tradition that we continue to hold at the Friends Church here in Friendswood. It’s important to me to get to hear from one another and know each other more deeply,…

December 1st update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! I grew up thinking that when Jesus returned, he was going to take all his faithful ones off to heaven and leave all the unfaithful ones here on earth to suffer some kind of doom.  But throughout my adolescence, I didn’t want Jesus to return because I wanted to get married and have a family before that happened—after all, Jesus had once said that at the resurrection people wouldn’t be getting married. I wasn’t astute enough…

November 24th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! 1st Chronicles 16:8 implores us to “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name make known his deeds upon the peoples.” Some of you have heard that on Sunday evening I was hospitalized with Covid-like symptoms. The good news is that I am negative for Covid, but we are still unsure what was causing my illness. I believe I’ll be discharged this morning and look forward to returning home. Thank you for your prayers. In…

November 17 update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! Just this morning, a couple people notified me that they had received emails from pastordavidbridges@gmail.com.  To be clear, that is not my email address and you can simply discard any emails that come to you from that address.   In his second letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote that because of Jesus, there is all kinds of newness.   “So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The…

November 10th update from David Bridges

Greetings in the name of our Lord! Someone asked me last week about becoming a member in our church and I was reminded that our membership process is quite simple.  After one has worshipped with us for some time and has a sense of our commitments and practices, a very simple membership application can be filled out and submitted to our Coordinators for approval.  One of the questions on that application is about discipleship to Jesus.  It reads something like…

October 20th update from David Bridges

Something that has encouraged me recently is knowing how many people are volunteering to help our church carry out its ministries in our community.  Last week, we hosted Family Promise guests on our campus, providing temporary room and board for families with children.  It took between 25 and 30 volunteers to make that happen and once again, we had people who were happy to help.  On Sundays, we usually have 8 to 10 musicians who get up early to rehearse…

September 22nd update from David Bridges

Dear Friends, As I’m writing this morning the creek is creeping up behind my home to levels I haven’t seen for three years.  Normally, we can’t even see the water in the creek from our windows.  So even though we’ve seen the creek rise many times over the past two decades, it’s still somewhat shocking to see how high it can get and how quickly it can flow.  But I don’t get as anxious as I used to when the…
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