Messages from PK

PREVIOUS MESSAGES FROM PASTOR KARYN:

So do not fear, for I am with you… Isaiah 41:10

 

*”Home base is my faith, home base is my family, home base is where I feel safe. And none of us feel safe all the time, particularly right now. So find your home base… ”

Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s “Home base” video message posted September 7, 2021

 

*”It was indeed a crazy week. It felt like 5 days of total chaos. And it was one more time when our staff did a fabulous job handling swiftly changing and challenging realities so well. They checked in, kept their heads on straight, and spent extra time covering the church’s needs as technicians and contractors came and went.”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s “A Wild Week!” message from 7-31-2021

 

“Maybe the question is not what’s next, maybe the question is what’s happening now that I can appreciate, that moves me into what’s next. How can I celebrate this moment in its fullness as we begin to discover what’s next together…”

Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s “What’s next?” video message posted June 10, 2021

 

*”We appreciate the ways you have supported us through this crazy year and the patience you have shown as we have made the best decisions we could to keep you safe. We’re ready when you are. Grace and Peace -PK and the Council”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “An Update on Indoor Worship” message posted on May 27, 2021.

 

“One of the things we have to do is figure out how to shut things off so that we can have alone time, so that we can have rest and recuperation and reflection time…” Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s full “Say Goodbye to Grind Culture” posted on May 25, 2021.

 

*”We‘re not sure what will happen in the future. But we are still being faithful. We are still impacting the world. We are still worshipping together and sharing our faith in profound ways. We are still meeting the needs of many in our community and beyond. And we are still the Gloria Dei Family.”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “The only consistent thing in life … is change” message posted May 12, 2021.

 

*”I want to personally thank you for your commitment and dedication to Gloria Dei Church. And I want you to know that we encourage you to come back to worship, as you feel able. And I want you to know we hear you and are trying to safely continue to worship together in person – singing, reading, sharing, and praising God.”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “Church in a Changed World” message posted April 26, 2021.

 

*”Holy Week is one of the most sacred parts of the Christian calendar. It is a powerful reminder of the reason God sent Jesus to be part of the world.”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s “Holy Week Ponderings” message from March 31, 2021.

 

*”The thing that gets me really excited about Holy Week is to once again tell the story of redemption, the story of how we’re called together and how Christ lived and died for us and how that amazing and abundant love from God is just beyond our comprehension.”

Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s “Porch weather and Hope…” message posted on March 22.

 

*”May we feel the weight of these 40 days of Lent and find ways to make the world – even our small piece of it – better for having been part of it.”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full Ash Wednesday Prayer posted February 17, 2021.

 

*”I continue to rely on one thing, and that is the promise that God is with us. That we never go through anything alone. I hope that we can find ways to uplift each other. I want you to pray for those you agree with, and I want you to pray for those you disagree with. I want you to pray for hope to find it’s way into every heart…

Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s full “Living into hope” message posted January 19, 2021.

 

*”What I believe to the core of my being is that God’s will for all people is to live in peace and reconciliation. I am praying hard for those in our government who were terrorized by these acts. I am praying hard for all law enforcement officers trying to bring about an end to the violence. I am praying hard for families and friends separated by differing political beliefs. I pray. And trust God to guide us through these difficult days.”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “A Prayer for our Nation” message from January 6, 2021.

 

“I believe when we live into our truest self, when we allow ourselves to be the true part of who we are, this beloved child of God, that we act more justly and more kindly and walk more humbly with God. We don’t have to change something for God to love us. God loves us anyway. God loves us despite our flaws, despite our misconceptions, or our confusion, or our doubts, or our anxiety. God loves us period.”
Click here to watch to Pastor Karyn’s full “New Year’s message” posted January 4, 2021.

 

“Wherever you are, whatever you’re blessed with, whatever you feel like you can spare, this is the moment. Challenge yourself to find a way to do what you can to help others…May you feel God’s peace, may we share in the hope of the Christ child, may we feel the love of God, and may we experience the joy that is the Christmas event. Merry Christmas!”

Click here to listen to Pastor Karyn’s full “Generosity is good” message posted December 22, 2020.

 

*”We’re called to care for our neighbors. And the truth is everyone is our neighbor. As we continue to move into this brutal season of cold and snow/ice and more potential spikes of COVID19, caring for our neighbors is part of the job of the community of God…”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “A Snow Day Prayer” message posted December 17, 2020.

 

*”The waiting has gotten really, really tedious and difficult…In the midst of the waiting, God is with us”
Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s full “Waiting for the good stuff” video message posted December 16, 2020.

 

*”After prayerful consideration… the Congregational Council Executive Team and I have determined that we will suspend in-person worship and activities during this state-wide pause… We have been through a lot this year as a community of faith…”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message to the congregation regarding this December 2020 closure.

 

“Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty…”
Click here to read a Thanksgiving prayer from PK & the GDC staff.

 

*“This Thanksgiving week, may we truly show gratitude for not just the things that are sitting on the table in front of us, but the ways we have been found by each other this year in new and exciting ways…”

Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s “Lost and found…grateful” video posted November 24, 2020.

 

*”I do want to move toward a new normal…A normal where we trust one another with our fears and begin to heal our divisions. A normal where we love and affirm one another no matter what.”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s “Rainy Days and Sundays” note from November 19, 2020.

 

*”Be with us your beloveds, as we work to be more united in our work and witness.”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s “A Prayer for Election Eve.”

 

*”Fall tress remind me of the amazing diversity of our world. We’re all different. We all show diverse patterns of change depending on the world around us. But the amazing colors have come out in all of us, too…”

Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message from October, 21, 2020.

 

*”The global impact of this virus has changed the world as we know it. It has changed the ways we shop, teach, learn, visit, and have church. But one thing has remained the same in my mind. God is present in the midst of all of this.
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “Crying with You” message from October 6, 2020.

 

*“I am writing to you after the wonderful news that I will be called as the Lead Pastor of GDC after Sunday’s vote…The church is still here. The church is still vibrant. The church is still reaching out to help others…
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “A New Day at Gloria Dei Church” message from September 16, 2020.

 

*“God listens to us, when we have the words and when we don’t. And I believe that as we pray for one another we are being a community of faith.”

Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s “Prayer…even when you have no words” video message from September 8, 2020.

 

*“This constant waiting has been frustrating and way too long. But we’re still called to be family to each other. We’re still called to be the church. To love one another, to care for all, and to be supportive of each other.”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “Reflecting God’s Love” message from August 24, 2020.

 

*“To share our true feelings, to share the frustrations, the problems, the valleys that we’re going through is completely normal, and it’s ok.”
Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s full “Can I have a little whine with that?” message from August 7, 2020.

 

*“Know that we will get through this tough puzzle and try to come out with a new sense of energy and adventure…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “Jigsaw Puzzles and Life” message from July 28, 2020.

 

*“Being emotional is a sign of strength. It’s a superpower. Being willing to show one’s emotions is powerful. Connecting to one’s inner feelings is a good thing…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “Yes, I’m Emotional … and It’s Not a Weakness” message from July 16, 2020.

 

*Click here to watch an important video presented by Public Citizens for Children & Youth (www.pccy.org) of teens from across southeast PA who were invited to share their stories and PA legislators who joined this conversation about race and racism.

 

*“We are grateful for all we have been blessed with in this country and endeavor to live up to the promises of equality and freedom for all…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full “Giving Thanks for you!” message from July 3, 2020.

 

*“God’s very presence encircles us and lives with us…”
Click here to watch Pastor Karyn’s video message posted June 26, 2020.

 

*“I fly knowing that God wants us to call our world in doing the right things. And I fully encourage you to accept your calling to fly…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message on Defying Gravity from June 23, 2020.

 

*“Learning more can help us see all of God’s beloved children more compassionately…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message on a lesson from Luke 10 (the Good Samaritan) from June 11, 2020.

 

*“Love is People” – a poem by Mister Rogers
Click here to read the poem and Pastor Karyn’s note from June 9, 2020

 

*“[We] are reviewing procedures and preparation guidelines to make returning to in-person gatherings possible with the care and safety of our members top in our minds…”
Click here for an important update from the GDC Council and Pastor Karyn about Gloria Dei Church re-opening from Jun 4, 2020.
Click here to read Bishop Davenport’s letter on opening churches.

 

*“During this time, know that God is so close to you that you can feel it. These ‘thin places’ are all around us. Open your heart and mind to feel that presence.”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message from May 27, 2020.

 

*“No matter what church looks like in the future, we’re still going to be called to care for our neighbors…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message from May 22, 2020.

 

*“Even in upside down times, we can trust that as a community of faith, we will get through this together…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full letter sent on May 7, 2020

 

*“One of the best things we can do is support our family…to love them, to be connected with them…”
Click here to view Pastor Karyn’s full video message on the importance of family posted on May 3, 2020.

 

*“We have to accept that there are rough days and good days. We have to acknowledge our feelings and feel what we feel…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message from April 24, 2020.

 

*“It is in the hope of Jesus Christ, it is in our faith that we find hope…”
Click here to view a video message from Pastor Karyn about hope posted on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

 

*“We didn’t sign up for this…”
Click here to view a video message from Pastor Karyn posted on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

 

*“As I write this, we are in the midst of Holy Week, the most ‘holy’ week of the year…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message from April 7, 2020.

 

*“I wanted to let you all know that I am thinking about you and praying for you daily…”
Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message from March 20, 2020.

 

*Click here to read Pastor Karyn’s full message about the church’s response to Covid-19 from March 13, 2020 to Gloria Dei Church.