Advent Tag

“If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy.” – Richard Rohr I seem to be a person who needs routine - I’m old and I have lots of routines. And to me that defines normal. My life has recently been absolutely...

lim·i·nal /ˈlimənl/ adjective relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.   For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my...

A Crowd with a Question John the Baptist must have been a fire-y preacher in his crazy clothing, out in the desert- saying things that were controversial and hard to swallow calling people vipers and talking about unquenchable fire.  And crowds of people gathered around to...

The Light Shines in the Darkness The holiday season is hard for those whose hearts are hurting. Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Know…you are not alone. Blue Christmas is a gentle, contemplative service for those who are dealing with the death...

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was...

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31) The summer right after you graduate and before you go to college...

Joyful Expectation is our theme for Advent at Good Shepherd this coming season. The phrase has an exciting ring to it. Perhaps it even brings back memories of our early childhood days – starting school, new friends, summers, Christmas gifts. Life was good! Time passed and...

But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob,  he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over...

Recently, my life has been filled with physical transition. The seminary schedule is one year of classes, a summer doing chaplaincy, another year of classes, a full year of interning with a congregation, then a final year of classes before entering into a draft and...

Sing a Joyful Song Join Good Shepherd friends on Sunday, December 16th at Toot and Kate's Wine Bar at 109 S Main St in Verona for an evening of sharing and singing. Good Shepherd Worship & Music Director Jared Stellmacher will be leading a sing-a-long of...

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God, who will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 When I was denied admission to the music program after choosing the university because of its good reputation for...

So, who cares?  Who cares about Tyberius, Pilate, Herod, Phillip and Lysanius, Annas and Caiaphis? Ok, granted…we Christians, who know Jesus’ story, will care about Pilate and Herod a bit later.  But right now, right in this gospel today, what’s the big deal with these guys? The...

At times in my life I have come to a point, a liminal area, where I have been uncertain of how to proceed. Liminal is derived from the Latin word limen, simply meaning a threshold. A threshold joins one area to another, i.e. an entrance,...

In my college days, the pastor of my church had graduate degrees in both Divinity and Engineering. I thought he was a real nerd. I went on to receive graduate degrees in both Divinity and Engineering. Therefore, I’ve spent much of my life studying and pondering...

The Good Shepherd Women’s Ministry would like to invite all women of the church and their friends, as well as middle and high school girls, to join us for an evening of dessert, candlelight and carols as we prepare our hearts and minds for the...