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Pastor Tom Barnicott


Pastor Tom Barnicott


 
 

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

-Romans 8:38-39

 
 
Read Pastor Tom’s messages or download and listen to one of his sermons (posted to the right) as he discusses how faith and God intersect in our lives.

Blessings

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Christmas

Blessings

It was the day of our annual free Christmas Dinner for the Community, a tradition we began four years earlier to bring the neighborhood together to share a full Christmas dinner.  Many had such meager means to live on that they would have little or no Christmas dinner or celebration on the big day.  “It’s just another day,” said one neighbor who lived in a one-room apartment above the man known to be the provider of some of the finest pharmaceuticals to our neighborhood addicts. We aimed to change that.  The people of the church made the...

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Hope for a broken world

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in God, Prayer, Reflection, Spiritual Life, Uncategorized

Hope for a broken world

Just yesterday I discovered the following new hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a gifted writer and musician, whose words have blessed many during her career. Written in response to the recent shooting deaths of African-Americans Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the murder of the 5 police officers in Dallas, it certainly is timely and has touched the wounded, aching center of my soul. In light of these events I intended to share a few thoughts about the song and its message in today’s blog. However, this morning I am...

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Who are we?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Faith Message, God, Life, Pastor, Reflection, Spiritual Life

Who are we?

In a short time we in the Western PA Conference of the UMC will be saying farewell to our bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton. In the United Methodist Church, even our bishops are moved after a period of time. Bishop Bickerton has left many impressions upon the Conference’s churches, and certainly is to be celebrated for his outstanding work to help eradicate Malaria in Africa. I marvel at the way the UMC, under our bishop’s leadership, has raised almost $75 million through the “Imagine No Malaria” project. One of my lasting memories of our bishop is...

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Questions, Questions

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Faith Message, Lent, Love, Pastor, Reflection

Questions, Questions

This week I came face to face with another person in the midst of a crisis and heard the question calling forth from the depths of their soul – “Why?” I know this question and I suspect you know it well, too. It’s the distraught cry we utter when we are confused by our circumstances, outraged by a sense of injustice, or simply feel utterly out of control: “Why did the cancer return?” “Why was I chosen to be “downsized?” “Why is my child struggling?” “Why do I feel so alone?” As I give thought to the final events of Holy Week I find myself...

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Let my soul wait in silence

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in God, Life, Reflection

Let my soul wait in silence

I love Maya Angelou, the great poet and author because like me, she had a love of words – no, not just written words, by which she made her living, but words that are full of life and vigor, which pulse with passionate feeling.   In her autobiography she writes, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” I believe this is true, and this is why I’m not fond of email or text messages. To some degree, a scribbled note is far better because you can occasionally...

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