Spirit Soundings

Spirit Soundings is the Blog of our Executive Presbyter, Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace

Spirit Soundings, May 30 2014

Ruth Santana-Grace Spirit Soundings May 30, 2014 “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19) It has been ten […]

The “Risk of the Table”

“When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him…” (Luke 22:14) The “Risk of the Table” Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace, May 9, 2014 As my first 100 days come to a close, I find myself deep in thought about the countless conversations of which I’ve been privileged to be […]


 “…Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised; he is not here…”(Mark 16:6) Flight from the Light If you are anything like me, at some point in your life you have experienced a situation so painful that you could barely imagine the dawn of another […]

“On the Collision and Collusion of Powers”

“As Jesus rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying “Blessed is the king […]

Ruth Santana-Grace featured in the Presbyterian Outlook

Presbytery [of Philadelphia] Breaks the Mold March 10, 2014 by Leslie Scanlon After two rejections, presbytery looked inward — and found a candidate who sensed God’s call. When Ruth Santana-Grace looked across the room at her first meeting of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, this is what she saw: a Korean-American woman as moderator; an African-American […]

“On Weeping and Love”, Spirit Soundings for March 28, 2014

“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” (John 11:33-36) Ruth Faith […]


 “Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” (John 3:1-2)  In the […]


REFLECTIONS ON MY FIRST MONTH – Ruth Faith Santana-Grace February 28, 2014  It has been four weeks since we began our journey together. I have been struck with the fact that my ‘beginnings’ in this presbytery coincide with the celebration of Black History/Heritage Month. As I gathered with saints to celebrate this rich heritage at […]

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

Spirit Soundings: “The Kingdom of God is at Hand”, Matthew 10:7  Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, February 14, 2014   In a brief conversation with one of our younger pastors this week, I was reminded of a simple Gospel truth – “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” He is right! It is true – the Kingdom of God […]

Spirit Soundings, January 29, 2014

“And So We Begin” – Fragments of a Mirror, Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, 29 January, 2014 I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless with what I have, I can reflect light into the dark places of this world – This is the meaning of my life.” […]