Pastor’s Corner Summer 2020

Well, it’s been a long time. A long time since I wrote one of these articles. A long time since we were able to gather together in church for worship, learning, or fellowship. A long time since much of anything was anything like what we once called normal. It’s been a long time, and during…

Pastor’s Corner April 2020

When I read the Easter story in the Gospel of John, one thing that always strikes me is how Mary Magdalene, after all her confusion and upset over finding the tomb empty, after Peter and the other disciple have come to the tomb and gone back home, is still at the tomb. She won’t leave…

Pastor’s Corner February 2020

As I look back at 2019, two major events stand out for me as particularly important for St. Luke’s moving forward into 2020.  The first was the hiring of Heidi Rochlin as our new Director of Music.  Heidi has brought a dynamic new energy to our music ministry, and her positivity and energy are creating…

Pastor’s Corner December 2019

So I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for those old Christmas TV specials. You know the ones I mean, “Santa Clause is Comin to Town” (with Fred Astaire), and “Frosty, the Snowman” (with Jimmy Durante), and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (with Burl Ives – I think the Bumble is adorable), those ones. But the best…

Pastor’s Corner November 2019

In Colossians 3:15, in the midst of a series of instructions about how to live as Christians, Paul writes these words: And be thankful. To be a Christian is, among other things, to be thankful. And not just when things are going great, either. When Paul writes these words, he is, as he says later…

Pastor’s Corner October 2019

I assume this is common knowledge to all of you, but just in case, St. Luke’s is a congregation within the denomination known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the ELCA. The ELCA consists of nearly 4 million members nationwide, and is one of the largest Lutheran denomination in the world. It is also…

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Pastor’s Corner September 2019

Happy September!!  We often speak of September as the time when things “get back to normal”.  School is back in session, vacations have most likely happened and are now just wonderful memories, we settle back into whatever passes for routine in our lives, and we feel like we’re back on an even keel. Here at…

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Pastor’s Corner June 2019

For many folks, summer is a time for traveling.  Whether that means going down the shore, or up to the Pocono’s, or somewhere further afield, summer is a time to travel.  I know my family and I are looking forward to our vacation this summer. But for the last nearly 20 years, youth and adults…

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Pastor’s Corner May 2019

This year, May is kind of a “whew!” month for me, as in, “whew, I got through Holy Week and Easter”, and “whew, I finished my trip to St. Louis (with Nicole Greer) to be trained and certified as a Stephen Ministry Leader”, and, “whew, there isn’t all that much going on in May”. And…