Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am Debbie Riggsby and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you...feel free to email me at pastor@tumcd.org.

Giving Thanks…

In a week we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving. We gather with family and friends in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving dinner of the pilgrims and the native folks. Giving thanks is not just for one day but for every day. Giving thanks is a spiritual gift that strengthens our relationship with God and improves our health. As we gather together anytime and anywhere, let’s give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings and unexpected gifts. Come be ... Read More »

Blessed by the Saints

We are blessed by the saints who have gone before us to bear the light and lift us up as we walk together with Christ. This Sunday, we will remember twelve beloved family members of our own church members. Come and be with us as we celebrate all the saints of God. Debbie Read More »

Co-Workers with God?

How would you describe your relationship with God? 1 Corinthians 6 begins with Paul calling the Corinthians God’s co-workers. We’re partners with God and partners with each other in God’s transforming work in the world. What does that look like in your life? On Oct. 31, 1517, a young man made a post that was reposted around the world and empowered our partnership together in ministry. He was following Christ in God’s leading by the power of ... Read More »

Where is God leading you…

From Micah 6:8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? What does that look like in your life? Where is God leading you to be living more like Christ in loving God, loving neighbor, and loving yourself? Come and be with us Sunday as we begin our worship series Neighboring Here, There, and Everywhere as we partner ... Read More »

Living in Joy…

This week we are preparing our hearts and lives to Come to the Table of Joy in worship this Sunday. I invite you to remember when you were with a group of folks, whether as family, church, college group, or other gathering, and you experienced joy together. What was it like? What did it mean to you and your life? We talk about joy as one of the fruit of the Spirit. We consider it for ... Read More »

Table of Grace…

Sunday’s scripture is the parable that Jesus told of the laborers in the vineyard. A landowner hires workers all during the day. At the end of the day, all the laborers are paid the same amount no matter how long they worked. The workers who worked all day feel they’ve been treated unfairly. The owner asks them if they are resentful because he wants to be generous? Jesus wants his listeners to see that God is gracious ... Read More »

Living in peace…

Haven’t we all pointed a finger at someone? Judged another? Reacted in frustration? In the last few days? Humbly the answer from my heart is unfortunately yes. Often, I discover that I’m focusing on myself first–my desires, my hurts, my needs, or my image. Can anyone relate to that? The guiding words of Jesus and Paul challenge us. In Romans, Paul asks us, “Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? ... Read More »

Table of Love…

In journeying through the gospels, I find Jesus welcomes all to his table of God’s kin-dom of love, grace, and community. Jesus’ “table of love” goes wherever he goes. Sometimes he goes to be with people. Sometimes they come to him. He’s definitely not in one place. He doesn’t even have a place to call home. A real home is in an engaging and deepening relationship with Jesus in community with others. ... Read More »

Come to the Table…

This Sunday, we begin a new worship series called Come to the Table. Remember all the parables Jesus told about wedding feasts and comparing the feast to God’s kin-dom. Remember how Jesus fed the multitudes and changed water into wine. Remember the many times that Jesus ate with tax collectors, prostitutes, and all the outcasts of society. Jesus invited everyone to the banquet table of love, mercy, and grace in God’s kin-dom. We’re invited ... Read More »

Forgive us our trespasses…

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. How many times should we forgive? 7 times 7? That was Peter’s question to Jesus that we find in Matthew 18: 21-22. Jesus’ reply was not 7 times 7 but 70 times 7. That’s a lot. We all have people in our lives who have hurt us–probably many times. I’m sure each of us can name at least several. It ... Read More »

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?