Posts by Steve Keeler

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A Christian Response to Bigotry and Prejudice

by Steve Keeler

August 22, 2017 Greetings in the Lord. Shortly after the 8:30 am worship service on Sunday, August 20, a parishioner shared with me a post from Facebook. The post included a photograph showing that the rear wall of the Community Bowling Center, owned and operated by the Love House Ministries, a pre-dominantly African-American congregation, had […]

6th Sunday of Easter

by Steve Keeler

6th Sunday of Easter May 21, 2017 Friends and Neighbors, This coming Sunday marks a very special day in the life of our community of faith. As we gather for worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am, we will participate and share, as we always do, in the morning liturgy (which means “work” of the people). […]

Mission Haiti

by Steve Keeler

April 12, 2017 Sisters and Brothers in Christ, “Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.” (Psalm 41:1) It is a well-known fact that the nation of Haiti is one of the poorest countries in our hemisphere. Through the years, members and friends of the Sea Island […]

Prayers in a Time of International Crisis

by Steve Keeler

Prayers in a Time of International Crisis April 10, 2017 From Pastor Steve,   ”O Lord, give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy: deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for […]

Christian Response to the Tragedy in Orlando

by Steve Keeler

Friends and Neighbors in Christ, Over the past several weeks, spiritual leaders within our community have met together to prepare a special worship service to be conducted later this week at the Grace AME Church in Beaufort on the first anniversary of the Mother Emmanuel tragedy in Charleston. The purpose of the worship service is […]

The Spirit of Jesus

by Steve Keeler

Friends in Christ, Several years ago on a church-related trip to Pensacola, FL to conduct a wedding I enjoyed periodic opportunities to read from a book titled, “My Struggle for Freedom,” by Hans Kung, a Roman Catholic priest and theologian. Years earlier Kung’s “On Being a Christian” was required reading in my systematic theology class. […]

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

by Steve Keeler

Dear Friends in Christ, When elders elect are installed and ordained to office one of the questions they are asked is the following, “Will you be a faithful ruling elder and will you share in government and discipline, serving councils of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and […]

The Influence of Iona

by Steve Keeler

One of the characteristics of Beaufort that has always impressed me is how “cosmopolitan” our community is compared to so many communities similar in size. In addition to Beaufort and the surrounding area, we enjoy a number of parishioners and friends of the church who have lived, worked, and traveled all over the world. World […]

The Joy of Christian Service

by Steve Keeler

Having returned to my study after running errands, I noticed immediately an article that a visitor had placed on my chair. It was an article from the Post & Courier, the daily newspaper out of Charleston, about a good friend, the Rev. Dr. Danny Massie, who recently retired as Senior Pastor of the First (Scots) […]

Service of Wholeness

by Steve Keeler

Friends in Christ, The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA) reminds us that healing was an integral part of the ministry of Jesus which the church has been called to continue as one dimension of its concern for the wholeness of people. Through services of wholeness, the church enacts in worship its ministry […]