Pastor’s Note

The Voice of the Shepherd The fourth Sunday in Easter is considered “Shepherd Sunday” in the Christian Church.  But when Shepherd Sunday gives us a rare story in the Book of Acts (Acts 9:36-43) about a woman who is named in the Bible, this female preacher...

What now? Just two weeks ago we sat in this sanctuary and experienced the joy of hearing of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what changed in your life after that? Anything? Nothing? Are you still preoccupied with the problems you had before you came into...

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia Alleluia! It’s the greatest pronouncement in the world, one that no God in no other religion can say, “Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!” The first question people often raise when this news is heard is, “are you...

The Stones Would Shout Out Jesus told his disciples to go into the village and find a colt that had never been ridden untie it and bring it to him.  And, if anyone asked why to answer, the Lord needs it.”  So they did.  Jesus rode...

Have you ever been so happy, it was like a dream come true? I’m meeting with lots of couples right now who are putting the finishing touches on their wedding plans.  When we meet, I also ask them to tell me their stories.  I get to...

My son, Griffin, is 2 years old and is in that stage of development where he is using more words to explain how he is feeling and what he wants (thank goodness!).  We have a couple books that he loves that name different feelings and each page has a picture of a young child about his age expressing how...

I hope you have been able to follow our Songs of the Soul Lenten journey. The readings & podcasts & devotional about songs that have impacted your faith. It’s like GS’s greatest hits, & let me tell you, the playlist on Spotify is definitely one of a...

Abiding with God means setting up a house, not stopping in for a quick visit every once in awhile. Modern humanity has dedicated so much time, energy, and money to security so why do we feel less and less safe every day?  We try to gain...

In today’s gospel (Luke 9:28-36), the cloud is what first grabs my attention. While Peter was speaking, “a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son,...

Blessed are Those I started tutoring at an elementary school in Verona this year.  And it has been such a good experience- getting to spend time with some great kids and to see firsthand the hard work of teachers and school staff- they work hard day...

Fishing not Catching When you are a fisherman, it goes with the territory that there will be times when you come up empty. I got a report from my Mom last week that my brother had been up ice fishing on the lake where my parents...

Back into our shell It is part and parcel of being a living human being that it comes as a shock to our system whenever we encounter God and God’s will for our lives. Our self-interests are so used to being fed first that when they...

This week we jump back into Luke’s gospel (Luke 4:14-21), And hear a story about every seminarian’s worst nightmare… Going back home to preach at the congregation or synagogue you grew up in, Because they know all your baggage...

Jesus has no sense of proportion when it comes to giving himself to us It was only a sign, but those 6 jars of water turned into 150 or more gallons of wine at Jesus’ command (John 2:6). That's an enormous amount!  This first of Jesus’...