“Jesus said, ”Suffer the little children to come unto me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  (Matthew 19:14 or Luke 18:16)

 
The tragic event at the high school in Parkland, Florida has once again focused the nation’s attention on the carnage of another mass shooting.  Those of us who live in Connecticut are immediately reminded of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  Most of the victims in Florida were not yet born when the nation was shocked by the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.  We are confronted by the grief and the senseless loss.  We feel for the families involved and our hearts ache for the whole community.

  When something like this happens I go back to the question, “what would Jesus do?” It is a starting point to make sense of the senseless, if that is even possible.  I believe first of all Jesus would weep as he wept so many times in scripture for the sins and suffering of God’s children.  I believe Jesus would welcome the souls of the departed home to be with his Heavenly Father.  I believe Jesus would comfort those who mourn because he himself was acquainted with grief.  I believe Jesus would cast out the demons that torture the young shooter.

  Out of this terrible situation I begin to have hope when I see students from Douglas High School and other schools throughout the country carrying the, “#never again” movement forward.  Their words and actions are more heartfelt, sincere and mature than any politician or pundit I have heard so far.  May God bless the children!  May God bring about change and establish a right spirit among us.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. James K. Mahan

WHO WE ARE         PASTOR'S MESSAGE       CHURCH CALENDAR     CHURCH GROUPS          HALL RENTALS          LINKS         HOME 

Rev. James K. Mahan


Welcome to T.O.R.C.H. the Turn of River Church Homesite.

I arrived in February of 2008 to become the pastor of this church family. I bring 26 years of ministry experience to the mission of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the greater Stamford community.Please know that you are our special guest for there are no strangers here, just members and friends of our extended family of faith.

If you are interested in considering adoption into this church family please contact me by e-mail or in person. If you are a seeker after the Lord please know that you are always welcome here without any pressure to join. We want you to feel at home and to participate in the life of the church to the extent that you feel comfortable.

I believe that the Lord provides every person with gifts for ministry. While I serve as the pastor of Turn of River Presbyterian Church I believe that every member serves as one of our ministers. If you are interested in discerning what your gifts for ministry might be, please feel free to contact me and we can explore those possibilities together. My e-mail address is j_k_mahan@sbcglobal.net.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. James K. Mahan