Greetings from Rev. Mike Woods

Greetings St. Liz,

The Woods family is very excited to begin our time with you this coming week. It has been a long hot summer for us as I am sure it has been the same for you.

I am writing this after standing outside with our oldest daughter, Harper, as we watched a nice little summer rainstorm pour down upon us. It was just long enough that it knocked the heat out of the air and left a cool breeze in its wake. It was cool enough that we actually felt like spending more than ten minutes outside after the storm passed. ...Read More

For Sunday’s Sermon: Chopin’s Tristesse

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on August 26, 2021

In Sunday’s sermon, I’m going to tell a story about a young marine in Vietnam who listened to a music box to help him cope with the horrors of the war going on around him. The music box played a piece of music by Frédéric Chopin. The piece is usually called Tristesse, which means “sadness,” though I read somewhere that Chopin himself never called it that.


Instead of writing this week, I thought I’d share a link to the music. You can find it here. This recording is just beautiful and includes multiple instrumental voices. There are also quotations from Chopin on the video itself, but I have no idea if they’re really from him or not.


I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll see you Sunday.


God’s Peace,