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Maryland Black Bears

Written by on February 1, 2024

Did you know there are black bears in Maryland? And did you know they don’t actually properly “hibernate”? They just have an extended lazy period when they “den,” which means…well it means they stay in their den and don’t go out for months at a time. Personally, I get it. I don’t think I could […]

The End of Summer

Written by on September 1, 2023

“Some idea of love as being a person’s life may be had from the warmth of the sun in the world. People know that that warmth is, so to speak, the common life of all plant growth of the earth, for whenever it increases, as it does in springtime, plants of every kind rise up […]

Are things that are well said, therefore true?

Written by on July 3, 2023

From the Pastor Sensual thought is the lowest of all, and is material, and corporeal. In such thought are all those who are in evils of life, and thence in falsities of doctrine, however learned and clever they may be supposed to be, and although they can arrange their falsities attractively, and clothe them in […]

Building Community

Written by on April 29, 2023

I believe that community is essential for spiritual growth and personal development. That’s why the Washington New Church offers a variety of groups for you to get involved in and connect with others who share similar interests and beliefs. Whether you’re looking to deepen your understanding of the Word, build stronger relationships with others, or […]


Written by on April 1, 2023

From the Pastor Whenever something goes in the opposite direction that one expects there is always the temptation to try to “get back to zero”. For instance, when people buy a stock which then goes down, there is a well-established phenomenon in which, as the price approaches the point at which many people bought it, […]

How to Research the Word

Written by on March 2, 2023

Periodically, I get asked a question along the lines of, “How should I research things in the Word?” Or “How do I find that in the Word?” And also, “What does the Word say about such and such?” Often, I am able to just provide a direct answer to what the person is curious about. […]

Accessing Divine Truth through the Word

Written by on January 28, 2023

Get ready for some computer science history. And bear with me: I have a spiritual point to make at the end. Have you ever heard someone talk about “booting up” a computer? This is a term almost as old as computing itself. It refers to a sequence of steps a computer takes to go from […]

Pastor’s Report – November 2022

Written by on October 29, 2022

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Introduction: We are coming up on the middle of our fiscal year, so it’s time for a report to let you all know what’s been going on at church. […]

Invited to the Feast

Invited to the Feast

Written by on April 29, 2022

From the Pastor “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. […]

Change Will Be Coming

Written by on March 31, 2022

It’s a new day, and a new spring for us at the Washington New Church.

A Source of Healing

Written by on January 29, 2022

Anxiety, depression and addiction are all on the rise. Suicide rates have jumped dramatically in recent years, especially with the younger generations, and most dramatically among young girls. Mass violence, amplified by firearms and otherwise, has increased. And the most mundane of civil arguments now seem to inevitably polarize everyone into teams focused more on […]

Desiring to Know the Future

Desiring to Know the Future

Written by on December 30, 2021

It is typical in January to cast eyes toward the coming year, to make plans, to speculate, and to generally think about what comes next. And it’s good to make plans. But it is also foolish to assume that our plans will survive contact with the random and unforeseeable events that inevitably await us just […]

The Power of the Letter of the Word

The Power of the Letter of the Word

Written by on December 1, 2021

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. I love how it can bring the best out of people. I love how it encourages strangers to do random acts of kindness for one another. I love that it is a time when people feel encouraged to reach out and help those in need. And I […]

Get Involved

Get Involved

Written by on October 1, 2021

Two years ago, I preached a five-part series, titled, Our Challenge. In it I laid out my best understanding, from the Word, of the three principle benefits a healthy church society provides to the world: purpose, meaning, and connection. You can find these sermons on our website, and at If you want an insight […]

The Sabbath was made for man not Man for the Sabbath

The Sabbath was made for man not Man for the Sabbath

Written by on July 1, 2021

From the Pastor Wow. June was a big month in some ways. In the past few weeks, the mask mandate was lifted for those who are fully vaccinated, we’ve reinstituted singing in our worship services, our school held an outdoor commencement followed by a kid carnival, we held an online-only society meeting with great attendance, […]

Happy  New Church Day!

Happy New Church Day!

Written by on May 29, 2021

From the Pastor: Get Ready for New Church Day! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the […]

Everyone Has a Personal Agenda

Written by on May 1, 2021

From the Pastor Who in your life doesn’t have any personal agenda whatsoever? Who of them doesn’t have a personal bias? Even the most noble among us cannot escape at least having an inclination toward self-fulfillment. Love of self is an inescapable component of the human experience. It has its uses. Love of self is […]

“He is risen as He said”

“He is risen as He said”

Written by on March 27, 2021

From the Pastor The whole of the Lord’s life in the world from earliest childhood consisted in constant temptation and constant victory. The last was when on the Cross He prayed for His enemies, and so for all people in the whole world. (Secrets of Heaven 1690:1) We begin the month of April celebrating Easter. […]

Return to “Normal”?

Return to “Normal”?

Written by on February 27, 2021

An ongoing topic as I write this is when and how we will return to “normal” education at the school, here. Since March 13th of last year, we have taught our students online because of the pandemic. It seems to me that, at least as we are currently configured, we are better able to deliver […]

We All Go Through Cycles

We All Go Through Cycles

Written by on February 1, 2021

From the Pastor Man, I hate February. I’m honestly not a fan of winter in general, but at least Christmas is nice. And that first snowfall is pretty. And I have to say that I enjoy the feeling of being warm indoors with nowhere to go when it is cold and inhospitable outdoors. It makes […]

As Grinchy as the Coronavirus is it Cannot Steal Christmas

As Grinchy as the Coronavirus is it Cannot Steal Christmas

Written by on November 27, 2020

From the Pastor The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; they who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, on them has the light given brightness. (Isaiah 9:2) It’s December! Which means that it’s time for Christmas decorations, music, food, gifts, and other festivities. It is also a time […]

Why Churches Matter More than Ever

Written by on September 28, 2020

From the Pastor “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14) Apologies ahead of time. This will get a little long, and slightly (though hopefully not too) political. Buckle up. I have had several interactions with people over the past month on the topic of […]

“… The entire future is present to the Lord, and the entire present is to Him eternal.” (DP 333:3)

“… The entire future is present to the Lord, and the entire present is to Him eternal.” (DP 333:3)

Written by on August 21, 2020

Well, summer is almost over. I hope these past few months have been good for you and yours. It’s been one of the stranger summers I can remember, for sure. Everyone is wearing a mask. Except the ones who aren’t. We’re having the usual meetings to plan out the new year at the school, except […]

I Stand with the Protestors

I Stand with the Protestors

Written by on June 5, 2020

I’m a pastor and a public speaker, and so you’d think I’d have a lot to say about what’s going on in our country right now. But the truth is, I feel utterly inadequate. I have not experienced life as a black person in America. and my first instinct right now is not to talk, […]

What Do You Want to Do When This Is All Over?

What Do You Want to Do When This Is All Over?

Written by on May 1, 2020

Lately, one of my favorite questions has been, “What’s the first thing you want to do when they ‘blow the All Clear’ and end social distancing?” I’ve had a lot of answers from different people. Many say they want to hug an older relative, or play with a grandchild. Some who have had to avoid […]

Corona Virus

Written by on March 13, 2020

Hello, friends,   This is a long letter. Please bear with me, as there is a lot to communicate.   As you know, the new cornavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has come to our county, bringing with it coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Yesterday, the governor of our state signed an executive order prohibiting public gatherings of over 250 people, […]

Tension and Resolution

Tension and Resolution

Written by on February 1, 2020

“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. . . I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” – Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz I love this quote, although it’s not quite accurate. Jazz does resolve, just not when and/or how the listener […]

The Word is Love

The Word is Love

Written by on December 28, 2019

I love The Beatles. Their great talent combined with their large catalog allows for all sorts of fun games. For instance, I have long considered challenging a certain fellow-pastor (and Beatles lover) to see who could come up with the best sermon series with individually titled sermons all inspired by a single Beatles album. It’s […]

A Church can be Looked at Like a Human Form

A Church can be Looked at Like a Human Form

Written by on October 29, 2019

The Word teaches that a church (and really any community of people) can be looked at as being in the human form. One way of describing how a church works is by grouping its activities into “systems”, similar to the various systems of the human body. All the systems interconnect and support one another, but […]

The Opportunity Before Us

Written by on September 23, 2019

Hello, friends! I hope you all had a great summer, and are looking forward to the coming change of seasons. For myself, it has been a summer full of moving in, setting up and planning, with a break in the middle for some important down time at the beach. As a part of my planning […]

Hello Washington

Written by on July 17, 2019

I strongly believe that if you take these seven tasks deadly seriously, and make them the seven most important things in your life–even for a short period of time–then you will see a powerful net positive result in the lives of the people around you, and maybe even in your own life, too. Here they are:

Some Reflections on Easter

Some Reflections on Easter

Written by on April 9, 2019

The Easter season is a great time to focus in on our ideas of God – and on our relationship with Him.  Following are some thoughts I wrote for our April Newsletter, the ECHO, about the Lord’s resurrection as it is described in the Gospels. About the Lord’s Resurrection There is as you may know […]

People Wonder about our Church Logo:

People Wonder about our Church Logo:

Written by on August 15, 2018

Why do we feature a white horse and two interlocking letters, rather than the traditional symbol of the cross?  There are several reasons.  First, the horse is a Biblical symbol for the power of understanding, and the white horse described in the Book of Revelation represents the power of a pure, true understanding.  This is […]

Good and Truth

Good and Truth

Written by on June 21, 2018

In a political and social environment where people are inclined to select their truth from any number of conflicting sources, and where “fake news” is the indictment most used to discredit information we don’t like, it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction.  But the truth matters, and ignorance or misunderstanding can hurt us […]

Firearms in Schools

Firearms in Schools

Written by on March 22, 2018

Quite apart from the fact that our Lord clearly warns against any attempt to address violence with violence  (Matthew 5:38-42), it is our considered opinion that school safety ultimately depends on the cultivation of a strong culture of charity – among the students themselves and between all the students and staff.  More guns in schools […]

The #MeToo Movement

The #MeToo Movement

Written by on February 14, 2018

February 14th, 2018 If there’s one thing sacred in the spiritual and practical life of the church it is marriage – and all the expressions of intimacy that belong to the realm of marriage.  In fact, we are one of very few churches in the world that teach the potential for marriage with all its […]

Concerned about the State of the World?

Written by on October 25, 2016

There’s an old cartoon that features a man after death arriving in heaven, asking God why He permitted so many crimes and atrocities in the world he had just come from.  In the next frame we see God saying, “That’s funny, I was going to ask YOU the same thing.” God permits all sorts of […]

Violence is Not the Answer (click to read more)

Written by on June 15, 2016

July 20, 2016 – It is with profound sadness, grief, and concern for our nation that we mark the the series of incidents of racially charged homicides in our country.  As we know, actions like this are permitted in Divine Providence for the sake of human free-will, and also for the reason that they expose […]

None at present

Written by on June 5, 2016

Sermon Series on The Trinity

Written by on February 10, 2016

I have been moved to undertake a short sermon series on The Trinity.

Festival Services

Festival Services

Written by on January 29, 2016 in Pastors Messages

Festival services include special events and activities. Like most Christians we recognize special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter with distinctive customs especially geared to families with young children.

Baptism and Ritual Washing

Baptism and Ritual Washing

Written by on September 14, 2015

Cleansing truth from the WORD…  is like the water we use to wash away filthy things. Sunday worship, which included an infant baptism was all about washing, not just baptism, which is a special kind of washing, but washing in the way the Jewish people used to do it, the way the Lord Himself did […]

The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord

Written by on July 6, 2015

We are also to lay down our lives for our friends… The Lord Himself said that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for his friends”?  In this week’s sermon “No Greater Love” I discuss how the two teachings fit together, and challenges all of us always to serve the Lord, that is, […]

Know Yourself: How and Why

Written by on May 18, 2015

“How can I really know whether I am inwardly alright or not? How can I be sure?” (Read more)… This week’s sermon: Know Yourself, by Rev. Michael D. Gladish Only the Lord can discern perfectly what’s in our hearts, but He gives us tools and clear signs that point us in the right direction. Some of these […]

7 Ways to Benefit from Evil in the World

Written by on May 4, 2015

Evil, disorder and tragedy are real problems….  Nothing we think or say can diminish that fact.  But the Lord urgently teaches us that He permits no evil unless some good can come out of it.  What is that good? Read more in this week’s sermon: 7 Ways to Benefit from Evil

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Written by on March 30, 2015

It’s NOT EASY to let go of our preconceived ideas… In Matthew 21, we read about the Lord entering Jerusalem amid great joy and celebration, but knowing that He would soon be crucified.  His actions from that time on did nothing to appease those who hated Him. What does His driving out of the money-changers […]

Peace in Turmoil

Peace in Turmoil

Written by on March 2, 2015

Did you know that there is an inward kind of peace and… happiness – that we may not even notice in ourselves?  Why is that?  And what good is it, anyway, if we’re not aware of it?  This week’s sermon looks into this from a deeper, spiritual perspective and may bring some comfort if you […]

Please come and checkout our newly renovated building.

Please come and checkout our newly renovated building.

Written by on June 10, 2014

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