PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
June 24, 2018
Our gospel lesson this week is the story of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41). Jesus and the disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee when a storm arises. The winds are battering the sails, the boat is taking on water and Jesus is asleep in the back of the boat. The disciples wake him up and ask if he doesn’t care. He calms the storm and asks, “Why were you afraid?” The disciples are awestruck that even the wind and sea obey his commands.
In the course of our lives we too will encounter storms. Life will not always be smooth sailing. It won’t be easy. At times we’ll be afraid. But, we can be confident that we are not going through them alone. God is with us. Jesus is in the boat. Whenever we’ve faced troubled waters in the past, whatever raging storms we’ll encounter in the future, we can trust God’s promise that God is riding out the storm with us. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.