Pastor's Word


The ministry of Plymouth Church is not easily defined. Worship, structured with song, scripture, sermon, and sacrament, plays a central role in maintaining our identity as a Christian community. We delight also in mission and service, the practicing of faith, for our own good as well as for the good of others. We are equally serious in our quest to be a learning community, where faith is informed by the depth of our questions, with trust vested in the love of Christ prevailing – in life, in death, in life beyond death.

We pray often and urgently in Plymouth Church, more out of necessity than a sense of obligation, for courage in the struggle for justice and peace does not come easy in a world much too enthralled with war and entertained by violence. We praise God as often as we pray, especially for the people whose love, laughter, and good sense enrich our lives. Community is the blessing God intends to protect us from loneliness.

The gospel is always stretching our sympathies, insisting upon a love that includes friend, neighbor, stranger, enemy. So we draw the circle wide that defines the family of God and hope to welcome all who would share the journey Jesus inspires. We cherish liberty and expect to learn from our differences. We find Faith encumbered by doctrine to be hazardous. It is challenge enough to do justice, love kindness, and walk with humility.

If you are at all intrigued by what you find, I hope you might speak either with me or any Plymouth member. We would welcome the opportunity to tell more of our story and the adventure of faith we are living together. Within our unlikely mix, there is always room for more.


Rev. Timothy C. Murphy

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