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…

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Pastor’s Corner March 2019

This year, for the first time in I don’t know how many years, I won’t be preaching on John 20:19-29. In case you aren’t quite familiar with that citation, it’s the story of “Doubting” Thomas, and it always is read on the Sunday after Easter Sunday. I won’t be preaching on this familiar story because…

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Pastor’s Corner February 2019

Report of the Pastor The legendary baseball pitcher, Satchel Paige, once said, “Never look back, you never know who might be gaining on you.” Sound advice, to be sure. Looking back can lead to never looking forward, and that is not a good thing. Our God is a God of the future, not the past.…

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Pastor’s Corner December 2018

My wife and I were shopping at Plow and Hearth on Nov. 10th, looking for birthday presents for our sister-in-law. As we shopped, we both noticed that the music playing in the store was Dean Martin singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, or as Deano sang it, “Rudy the Red-beaked Reindeer”. We both commented about how…