Pastor’s Note

Pastor's Note

It's Good to be Here If I could find that place where I know Jesus was always present and was not only just there but was there in a hugely emotional way then I could build a place there and bring people to it couldn’t I? ...

Pastor's Note

A Bridge From Old to New We are coming to the end of what some scholars believe are the most important series of texts in our 3-year lectionary cycle. This story today is the climax of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. His first official act to...

Pastor's Note

Age-Old Infighting In our Gospel today (Matthew 5:13-20), Jesus calls us to dedicate ourselves to be salt and light in the world, in order to witness to the kingdom of God in our midst.  As we think of our own flavor and illumination that we bring...

Pastor's Note

The Kingdom has Come Near The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) form the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ first sermon. And what a sermon it is! Remember how Matthew has structured his telling of the Gospel...

Pastor's Note

Resolution Check-Up Brothers & sisters in Christ with everything going on in our world and in your lives - thank you for making time for worship this morning. We are a month out from Christmas, January has come & gone & I’m wondering here...

Pastor's Note

Living our Mission As we move through this season of Epiphany we are spending a few weeks thinking and praying about Jesus as God’s light to the whole world and what that means for our mission and vision here at Good Shepherd.  Of course it is...

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Forgotten Words Lead to Warm Welcome On my first day as a pastor at Good Shepherd, which also happened to be my first day as a pastor ever, I was welcomed into the office with flowers from the call committee.  A staff member had decorated my...

Pastor's Note

A Sudden Realization Epiphany is one of those church words that we hear a lot but maybe we have forgotten what it means or maybe we never knew what it meant in the first place...

Advent 2019, Pastor's Note

Realism & Hope Expectations are powerful emotions that can serve to excite and defeat us.  How many of you have lived with a set of expectations for yourself or others that have led to disappointments or resentments?  But to do away with expectations entirely would lead...

Advent 2019, Pastor's Note

What to make of a Stump Growing up, my parents spent a lot of time outside doing gardening and landscaping projects all around my childhood home. I dreaded the times when it was my turn to mow the lawn because there were so many trees, bushes...

Advent 2019, 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...

Pastor's Note

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...

Pastor's Note

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...

Pastor's Note

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...

Beyond, Pastor's Note

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...