"That they all may be one."

John 17:21

"Pastor Michelle's Monthly Newsletter"

Michelle Torigian is Senior Pastor of the Church

“Day by Day”

July 2 marks my fourth anniversary here at St. Paul UCC! It’s been a pleasure serving this church and our people for these four years - even though much of that time has been navigating the unexpected pandemic.

Through these years, we’ve had the chance to love one another and collaborate together as we further “our mutual ministry in Christ’s name,” as our installation service states.

Such work - especially when we were at the height of the pandemic - is something best focused on in small pieces, looking at the whole but engaging in the work in smaller portions. One of my dear friends in Florida would often say to me “take things 15 minutes at a time.” Whenever she would speak these words to me, I was comforted by the sensible nature of taking life step-by-step. And at St. Paul, we continue to take our work step-by-step as we care for our congregation now and vision for the future with God’s help.

Recently, I was listening to the song “Day by Day” from the Godspell soundtrack. The lyrics of the song note these words:
Day by day/Day by day/Oh Dear Lord/Three things I pray: To see thee more clearly/Love thee more dearly/Follow thee more nearly/Day by day

What a beautiful prayer: To see God more clearly, to love God more dearly, to follow Jesus the Christ more nearly each and every day.

As I enter my fifth year here, this is my prayer for my own life and for our mutual ministry here at St. Paul. As humans and as God’s children, all we can do is take this life day by day or, if needed “15 minutes at a time.” I pray that you will find comfort in taking life in smaller pieces when needed!



Pastor Michelle