Pastors' Corner

God is not Done

Thursday, April 22nd marked Earth Day.  A day to give thanks for the world in which we live.  A day to marvel at the beauty and complexity of nature – its resilience and fragility, its splendor and vastness.  In the first chapter of Genesis, we hear of God’s labor pains in the creation of our world.  We hear the story about God’s inspired and careful work when the earth was nothing but a formless void, and darkness covered the face of the deep.  After creating all that is, God created us, in God’s own image.  It’s surprising that anyone can make

By |May 3rd, 2021|

God by Our Side

Easter Blessings Dear People of Bethlehem, This will now be our second COVID-19 Holy Week.  In many ways it feels very familiar, and in others it still feels incredibly foreign.  After a year spent in the midst of the pandemic and lockdown and quarantine, we each arrive at this Easter with very different lived experiences.  Some have been relatively spared, save for some inconvenience and restriction.  Some have suffered greatly, and are grieving tremendous losses.  Some have worked, and been stretched, beyond their limits and are weary to the very core of their beings.  And others are a complicated and

By |April 3rd, 2021|

Mary’s Courage

Dear Easter People, I have always admired Mary Magdalene’s decisions on Easter Sunday morning.  A woman of tenacity and strength, she had known suffering in her life.  Yet she also knew the possibility of hope.  On that first Easter morning, she was up before first light.  She travelled to the tomb not in joy, but in sorrow.  She chose not to turn from the pain, but to walk toward it.  She came to do what was needed.  Much of this year has felt like that.  So many have done what is needed in the pain.  Mary found the stone removed

By |April 3rd, 2021|

Unease and Hope in our Year-long Journey

Dear people of Bethlehem, As a Lutheran expression of faith, we travel in liturgical seasons.  We move from the waiting of Advent, to the light of Epiphany, to the reflective contemplation of Lent.  We are accustomed to the pace, and as ashes are placed on our foreheads, we are reminded of each Lenten journey that has preceded it.  It becomes a way to mark our place on the kingdom journey. But, we are reaching a season that has given me pause, and I sit uncomfortably with it.  In the next two weeks, we will reach the one year anniversary of this

By |March 1st, 2021|

Loving the Rain

I love the rain.  It brings back so many happy memories from my childhood, especially of when I was in high school.  We used to play mud football, go mud sliding on the hill behind the high school, play mini golf on deserted, half-flooded courses.  One memory in particular stands out among the rest.  It was the night before my 18th birthday.  We had grand plans: mud football during the day, followed by Chicago style pizza and mini golf shenanigans in the evening.  The only problem was that it hadn’t rained in quite some time.  And as you would expect, rain

By |February 2nd, 2021|

Marking the New Year with Hope

Dear people of Bethlehem, Blessed New Year to you all.  May grace and hope be yours, as we journey like the Magi and together follow the star set before us.  This Epiphany we enter into a season of light. As with everything else, this feels like a much different New Year.  In most years we wish each other a “Happy New Year”, and without further ado, move on the work at hand.  For me, New Year has always been a shallow, tepid celebration when compared to the depth and breadth of Christmas.  But this year, New Year carries a gravity

By |January 2nd, 2021|
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