Pastor’s Note

A Word About Isaiah “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord”.  This verse from (Isaiah 2:5) is our theme for Advent.  Each week a phrase from this invitation from the prophet Isaiah will frame our preaching. Let me give you a bit of...

Who's Really in Charge? A red cardigan and a simple question, won’t you be my neighbor, make believe stories alongside messages that each person, each child has value and is loved- you know who I’m talking about right?  Fred Rogers’ life story is getting a lot...

Setting the Scene The Sitz im leben is a German term that roughly translates into Setting in Life. It questions why an object or story has been created, and how it functioned or how it was received, it’s purpose...

I’d like to invite you to simply sit for a moment in the opening words from Jesus in Luke 12:32-34  Jesus’ first words are easy to overlook, but they change everything.  So, listen again and especially note the second part of this first sentence from...

Brothers and sisters, grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. November 1st is traditionally known as All-Saint’s Day. And so the Sunday following All Saints Day is All Saints Sunday which has become the day that...

Imagine Abundance What do you wish you had a lot of?  Can you close your eyes and imagine an abundance- a big basket full of… what would it be full of?  Is anyone out there imagining cabbages?  Maybe it wouldn’t be your first choice… but a...

How you react when you hear Jesus say, “Do not worry about your life”? Does your mind race, with mine, to talk right back to Jesus in your head and say, “Lord, are you kidding me??!!  Do you know what’s going on in my life right...

Our Need to Give Here at Good Shepherd we are in the midst of launching a three-year capital appeal.  To do that we are in week two of a five-week sermon series built on the foundation of Jeremiah 29:11 along with including Gospel and other readings...

There's No Place Like Home Home. It’s a word that can elicit a vast array of emotions…And feelings… Memories of an idealized past… Home is where the heart is. A person’s home is their castle. Robert Frost once wrote, “Home is defined as the place where,...

A Tale of Two Men Today we heard yet another of Jesus’ parables. (Luke 16:19-31) The title of this parable is The Rich Man and Lazarus.  First, we meet the rich man.  Here is a guy who dresses in purple, the color or royalty, and fine...

Does God have a specific purpose or plan for your life? Is there a reason you are here? Jesus calls us the “Children of the Light.” What are we called to do as God’s children in this generation? I think a morning like this in the...

A Familiar Parable Brothers and sisters, you have heard this parable (Luke 15:3-7) many times by now haven’t you? There is a lost sheep and the shepherd goes and gets it and brings it back hooray, right? But this is a parable and guess what, parables don’t...

The Joy of Tidying Up Marie Kondo started a global movement centered around creating a living space that is organized, tidy and full of joy.  She has written a book and also now has a Netflix series where she explains her method for organizing a house...

For ALL who exalt themselves will be humbled, And those who humble themselves will be exalted In 2001 I was a captain in the USAF stationed at DMAFB in Tucson, AZ. I was tasked with the responsibility of resurrecting a program called Pilot for a Day,...

Good News for Everyone We’ve been on quite the trip through Luke these past few weeks.  We’ve heard about God the Thief, quickly followed by Jesus the Homewrecker.  Listening to Jesus’ hard edge in these Gospel narratives can be tough to take; and yet we’re left...