Pastor's Message
Ramapo Reformed Church
100 Island Road
Mahwah, NJ. 07430

                  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”  - Mark 13:31               

Fall, 2018

Dear Friends,

Over the summer, Debbie and I had the opportunity to visit Cape Cod.  On one of the days we toured the
town’s local museum, which was an international center for whaling ship construction.  This is the port
from which Herman Melville, author of the classic “Moby Dick,” set sail in search of the white whale.  In
the back of the museum  there was a well-stocked collection of early 19th and 20th century farm and
industrial equipment.  Everything was seemingly constructed from iron and wood and powered by horse,
ox, human, or water.  This got me to thinking that we still do everything these machines did, except now
the materials are steel, plastic, and electronics, and they are powered by fossil fuels and various forms of
generated electricity.  I also realized that even though the materials and equipment have changed, the basic
tasks and functions have not. We still harvest crops, we still build ships, and we still need tools to help
with various household chores.  This also made me wonder what the equivalent museum in the future
would look like?  Perhaps it will be viewed as a tribute to our current technology in which we would seem
like unsophisticated cave dwellers to these future generations.  Who knows?  

I further realized that in our lives of faith we find a similar dynamic.  The way people have encountered
and worshipped God over the course of many generations has certainly changed.  We worship differently
than our forefathers and mothers have done, and in the future, we will most surely worship differently
still.  But our experience of God, at its core, has remained the same.  For what will never change is the fact
that God has redeemed us in a way we never could have accomplished on our own.  Unfortunately what
also has not changed is our human capacity to mess life up.  Even though we continue to improve how we
do things by using the creativity God has given us, we will always need the grace and love of God to
rescue us from the sin and spiritual disease that advances in technology cannot.  Therefore even as I look
forward to the day when this world will be a cleaner and more hospitable place, we can know there will
always be a need for the constancy of God’s presence in our hearts, minds, and very lives.

All this to say that as we “change” from summer into this fall season, with school back in session, the air
turning crisp, and leaves beginning to show their beautiful colors, we can be sure that God loves us just the
same and always will.  And even as we might change, God is desiring for us to walk closer with God in
response.  Even so, may the opportunities for worship, fellowship, and service that we are planning at the
Ramapo Reformed Church in the upcoming weeks ahead find you healthy and well.  And may God bless
you as we seek to find God’s calling in our lives.  


Pastor Bill