Pastor’s Note

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Solidarity March in downtown Madison sponsored by the African American Council of Churches. I haven’t been to many marches like this, but my husband Bjorn and I talked a lot about it and decided we should go. You...

Translating the Good News The Christian Church on earth is being called on to take up the challenge of translating what it really means in this time to confess allegiance to its Lord. This is the Lord who established divine justice and peace through his own...

Where are you from? A number of African-American women spoke to the public at the end of the Black Lives Matter Solidarity March on Sunday evening. Madison Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney spoke about how quick we are to judge one another when we don’t even know each...

Instructions to Prepare for Holy Communion Before worship begins, set a table with enough bread and wine/grape juice for each person present. During our live-streamed worship service, a pastor will speak the familiar Words of Institution, “In the night in which He was betrayed…” At...

Holy Trinity Sunday Today is Holy Trinity Sunday on the church calendar and confession time, since becoming a pastor this has not been my favorite church holiday because today we are supposed to worship God together and celebrate, not an event that happened, but the belief...

Dear friends & family at Good Shepherd, In the last two weeks our nation surpassed over 100,000 individual lives lost to the pandemic.  In that time, grief has compounded grief as the death of George Floyd has been added to the too long list of lives lost to injustice. So...

The First Pentecost The story of Pentecost from the Book of Acts has so much going on, that it’s hard to pick a highlight for our attention. Still, here’s what hits home for me, right now, from this great story of the Holy Spirit’s grand stirring...

Unknown Caller The other day my husband answered his cell phone and had an interesting conversation. He doesn’t usually answer numbers that he doesn’t recognize, and I could tell he didn’t know the person on the other end, but for some reason he answered anyway. My...

Pausing in Prayer Prayer is one of the toughest habits to get into in this day and age. With the busyness of daily life, we start and end our days tired - with those middle hours of awake time spent just trying to keep up with...

Jesus said, “This is my commandment: That you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) In normal times, personal contact is the typical way we express our Christian care and love for one another as the body of Christ. As a routine part...

May 21, 2020 is officially Ascension Day in the Christian calendar throughout the world. Ascension Day always takes place on a Thursday, as it occurs 40 days after Easter Sunday. In that time frame, the story of Jesus’ ascension sits between the stories we’ve been...

Finding Comfort This week I called a member of our church who is in the hospital. She has had a few ups and downs, hoping to go home and unable to. She told me that one day she found herself in tears while sitting in her...

Dear family and friends at Good Shepherd,  I was able to see our brother, Pr. Joe, for the first time in over two months this morning and I want to give you an update on him that will include more specific information than I have been...

The first Christian Martyr The story of Stephen’s martyrdom in the book of Acts is the story of the first Christian martyr. It must have brought the reality of this new faith, this new way into stark contrast with the hopes and dreams of Jesus’ followers....

"I don't get it." Remember back when you were in a classroom at school? Who knew when I’d say this, I’d even be inviting our children to remember back when they were sitting in a classroom at school?! Wow – such times we are in! Anyway, no...