John 11:1-45 Meet the Roberts family. Pretty picture-perfect right? Christian, pictured on our right, the nephew of Charlie Roberts – our synod’s Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. Rose, pictured on our left – grew up worshiping at my home congregation – Tree of Life Lutheran Church, after her and her family moved to … More Lord, if you had been here…
Grace and Peace to you from God our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Amen. I am going to begin my sermon today with a fun fact about myself. I have been out of North America twice -and both times have been to Germany. I went for the first time for a tour for the 500th anniversary … More Testifying to the Truth
John 4:5-42 Jesus came to a Samaritan city… Tired from his journey, he sat by a well… A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” If you were to research Ancient Palestine, you’d discover that it was roughly 120 miles long – the shortest route from Judea … More Seen by Christ
Grace and Peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. I began my undergrad at Penn State as an Agricultural Education student. One of the classes that I was required to take during that time was Educational Psychology- or EdPsych. I loved this class. It was one of my favorites at Penn State – … More Earthly Things to Heavenly Things: A Bloom’s Taxonomy Take on Faith
Matthew 4:1-11 As we gather for our Midweek Lenten services this year, we’ll do so under the theme – Led by the Spirit: Stories of Faith Amidst the Wilderness. Our gospel text for this weekend– the inspiration for this theme and for those faith stories to be shared. Three out of four gospel writers inform … More A Life in the Wilderness
One of my favorite books when I was in middle school – like so many others, was the Harry Potter series (I am an unashamed Hufflepuff). I loved the story of the young Harry Potter, who receives a mysterious envelope when he turns 11, learns that he is a wizard, and attends Hogwart’s School of … More Purposeful Power
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! We’re going to begin this morning with a small game. I”m going to give you a movie premise, just a few sentences, and your task is to try to guess the movie I’m thinking of. We’ll do one for practice. Are you ready? Two girls, alike in image, find themselves at … More Life’s Litmus Test: Life-Giving or Life-Taking?
Matthew 5:13-20 You are the salt of the earth… You are the salt of the earth… So, here’s my confession as the pastor of the Fastnacht church… Ya ready? From the time I was little, to this day, given a choice between some sweet confection or a salty snack, I’m picking the later every time. … More Salt Life
If you were here in worship a few weeks back, you heard me reflect a bit in my sermon on the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. – His passion and non-violent activism… His protests and marches… His sermons and speeches… His dream – that all people, created equal by God the creator, … More Created Whole – Reconciling In Christ 2023
I have spent at least a week or two every summer at Chautauqua, NY since I was three years old. For those of you who don’t know, Chautauqua is a town in Western New York, about 45 minutes above Erie. It’s a beautiful town, built around Lake Chautauqua, shown here. There’s something for everyone at … More What do you Need to “Dock” to Follow Jesus?