Scrooby, England – Late 1500’s

[bs_well size=”md”] “We follow the rules laid out in the Bible for running our church.”  William Brewster (via BrainyQuote) [/bs_well] Apparently my great-great-great something grandparents were expelled from St. Wilfrid in Scrooby because they defied the laws of the land at the time by not worshipping in this Anglican parish. They worshiped instead with the trouble-makers of their day – the Separatists.  Most people pick up the Pilgrim story with the arrival of the Mayflower […]

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The Mayflower

[bs_well size=”md”]Whether one traces his Americanism back three centuries to the Mayflower, or three years to the steerage, is not half so important as whether his Americanism of today is real and genuine. No matter by what various crafts we came here, we are all now in the same boat. Calvin Coolidge[/bs_well] The Mayflower is arguably one of the more famous ships in nautical history. Had it not carried the Pilgrims across the stormy north […]

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2017 Goal: Do the research on William Brewster’s Legacy

We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David – William Brewster 1566 – 1644 Our mother, the research librarian, spent many hours of her later years documenting our family’s connection to William Brewster of the Mayflower. Our branch of the family loses the Brewster name here in this graveyard in Duncan Falls, Ohio. Several of my ancestors lived and died in this community not many miles Southeast of Columbus. […]

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Wherever Two or Three are Gathered There’s Potential for Conflict

So, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24) Many years ago I was a lay member of a congregation the bishop credited as being the most conflicted congregation he’d ever had to manage in his […]

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Let there be Light

[bs_well size=”md”]Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:6)[/bs_well] Two quick stories occur to me in light of recent national and international events. Both have actually happened. An elderly member of our congregation was scheduled for knee replacement surgery in a couple of months and was limping along as best should could until then. Meanwhile she needed […]

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