Mid-Week Advent 1

November 30, 2016 The Feast of St. Andrew Luke 1:5-23 5In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to … More Mid-Week Advent 1

“Creating Narratives of Hope!”

Second Sunday of Advent 4 December 2016 (Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12) “Creating Narratives of Hope” [This entire sermon was accompanied by a PowerPoint showing slides of Edward Hicks’ “Peaceable Kingdom” paintings, as well as some scenes from Source of Life orphanage in Haiti. Unfortunately, these slides do not accompany the script … More “Creating Narratives of Hope!”

2016 Advent Devotions

  November 26, 2016 Matthew 24:36-44 No one knows when Jesus is coming.  Everyone will be carrying out their daily activities without being aware of the end. In hindsight, you make different decisions because you now know the result or outcome. Don’t live wishing you made different choices. Live every day to the fullest, helping … More 2016 Advent Devotions

Be Prepared

Matthew 24: 36-44 This past Monday I helped my grandfather move out of his apartment here in Gettysburg and into my parent’s house in Harrisburg.  It was a difficult day for me.  While Harrisburg isn’t exactly far from Gettysburg, I’ll miss getting together with him for lunch and watching him interact with our daughter Gabrielle … More Be Prepared

A Reason to Celebrate

  As with just about every Lutheran congregation across the world and likely some other Christian churches as well, here at St. James we spend this weekend celebrating Reformation Sunday.  The day given credit for triggering the schism in the medieval Roman Catholic Church as Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the doors of … More A Reason to Celebrate