Author Archives: Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger

Staying in Touch

“We stopped coming and no one ever said a word.” 

“The only call I ever got from the church was about my pledge.” 

“I went through a rough time but the church didn’t seem to notice.” 

 

In other words: You didn’t care about me as a person.

Hearing the disappointment and hurt expressed in these comments […]

Minister is Going on Strike

I am planning to go on strike.  And I hope you will join me. Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old climate activist is right.  If not me, then who? If not now, then when? September 20th is Climate Strike Day. Millions of people around the globe, led by the youth, will express their readiness to […]

Circles of Care: Comfort in, Dump out

As we say each Sunday: “Let this be our covenant: … and to help one another.” These words have been at the core of so much of our ministry this winter. I don’t recall another time since my arrival in Concord with so many of us in need of care or involved in providing care. […]

How is your daily practice?

(Part 3 of 3 – continuing the December and January Musings):

If I had to point to one practice that’s most fundamental to my own spiritual well being, I would have to say:  Sleep. For decades I treated sleep as the uninvited guest crashing my party of life, readily ignored, rarely appreciated.  Embracing sleep […]

What’s your spiritual warm-up?

(Part 1 of 2):  My great passion growing up was gymnastics.  Four times a week I took public transport for an hour to get to practice, spent three hours at the gym, and then retraced my steps to return home after dark.  Homework happened on the train and bus. Thanks to an amazing coach, I […]

Winning and Losing With Grace

I hate to lose. I’d rather win. As much as I might try to tone that down – especially around church – it’s real and anyone who’s seen me play foosball, ping pong, or video bowling on the big screen in the sanctuary during Youth Group sleepovers knows what I am talking about. What’s been interesting to observe is how […]

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

We are very excited about the upcoming church year and the expanded opportunities for adult learning, practice, and service that will be offered two Sundays per month after worship, followed by a community lunch on those days so that we can socialize and share our experiences over a meal. We are also looking forward to […]