With Love from Pat

Spiritual insights and reflections shared by Pastor Pat Bruns. Comments are welcome!

Get to Know Our New Bishop, the Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto

With Love from Pat Friday, September 23, 2016   If you’re looking for inspiration and hope – and in today’s world who isn’t – I encourage you to watch this video. It tells the story of our new Bishop, Karen Oliveto. Bishop Oliveto is the first openly lesbian Bishop in the United Methodist Church. The […]

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“Life is Such a Fragile Gift…and Precious.”

With Love from Pat September 2, 2016   Dear Friends, A couple of thoughts on the first Friday of September: Last Saturday, August 27, Sandi Zeigler’s sister, Joan Watson, died following surgery. Joan’s death was sudden and unexpected. Everyone is still in shock. Joan’s Memorial Service is Saturday, September 3, at 11:00 am at the […]

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Catching Up with Rev. Pat Bruns

With Love from Pat Friday, August 5, 2016 It was a wonderful time away for me in July visiting with family and fossil hunting here and there in Colorado and Utah. There was genuine delight in having days that were uncluttered, unstructured and unhurried. These were the kind of days that simply invited me to […]

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Responding to Orlando: Rainbows, and Our Capacity to Love and Hope

With Love from Pat June 13, 2016 The early Sunday mass murders at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando are the latest in an endless stream of acts of violence, terrorism and hate that seems to have no limit and is reaching devastating flood proportions. Sunday’s killings launched another time of unimaginable horror and sadness in […]

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June 10–New, Requests, Reminders, and Prayers from Pat

With Love from Pat June 10, 2016 News, Requests, Reminders and Prayers … Last Sunday our Lay Leader Jon Kottke announced on behalf of our District Superintendent Skip Strickland that Joe (Rev. Joe Agne) will be appointed by Bishop Elaine Stanovsky as pastor of Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church of Cedaredge, Colorado, effective July 1, […]

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Our Response to General Conference: We Love God Best When We Love One Another

With Love from Pat May 20, 2016 Well…the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church didn’t change anything that would remove from The Book of Discipline the discriminatory and hateful language that declares that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching, that self-avowed practicing homosexuals cannot be ordained, that United Methodist pastors cannot officiate at […]

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The Pentecost Story is the Story Our World Needs Now

With Love from Pat Friday, May 13, 2016 This Sunday (May 15) is called Pentecost Sunday. We will read the story of the first day of Pentecost found in Acts 2:1-21, and we’ll think about what that first day of Pentecost has to do with this year’s day of Pentecost. Jesus had been executed by […]

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The Paradoxes of the Easter Story

With Love from Pat Friday, March 25, 2016   We’re coming close to the end of our Holy Week journey toward Easter. Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter—all of Holy Week—is jam-packed with meaning. In fact, I believe this week is filled with more meaning than we can ever possibly absorb or imagine. As […]

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