Pastors' Corner

Happy Anniversary!

Monday June 29th, 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the ELCA allowing the ordination of women.  That moment forever changed my life, even before I was born, because just nine years later my mother would be ordained.  As a result, I grew up with female pastors being the norm; something that I took for granted.  That being said, I know that it was not an easy path.  Talk to any female pastor, of any age, and they will have some stories for you.  Of the discrimination they have faced, the subtle and sometimes blatant sexism they have endured, and the ways

By |July 1st, 2020|

Time of the Spirit

It is a time of the Spirit.  This Pentecost we remember that the wind of God blows among us still.  The fire of God still ignites us.  We need such a promise so deeply today.  Our world is troubled.  Our lives are troubled.  Our streets are troubled.  Come, Holy Spirit.  Come and bring peace to the nations.  Come and bring comfort to our anguish.  Come and descend on us like you did on your first disciples.  Fill us with courageous prophetic voice, and at the same time bring us peace.  This day, we pray for the people of La Mesa and

By |June 1st, 2020|

State of the Congregation

Dear people of Bethlehem, Grace to you and peace this day.  Wherever you are as you read these words, may you feel the prayers of your pastors for you.  We look forward to the day when we will be together again, but until then know that you are in our hearts and that together we are sheltered in God’s grace.  In this unique time, the heart of our ministry is unchanged, and yet much is being done in new ways.  We give thanks for you and for the strength and grace of our beloved community, even in our separation.  St. Paul

By |May 6th, 2020|

The Journey We Did Not Plan

We all know what Lent is supposed to look like. It looks like ashes and penitence and meditation and self-reflection. We know what Lent is supposed to feel like. It feels like a time to carve out solitude and reflect on the journey. Well, dear friends, we have certainly found Lent. Oh my, have we found it. But this doesn't feel or look right, at all. We are in turns, isolated and worried. And in waves that are catching me off guard downright scared. Most of the time it is okay. We are safe and housed and blessed. But then it

By |April 1st, 2020|

Meaning of Repentance

I think that it’s fitting that my article in January was about new years resolutions, and now my March article coincides with the beginning of Lent – another season that is well known for its focus on self-improvement.  Maybe this is sign that what the world really needs is a Lutheran self-help book!  I’m not sure if that would make the best seller list. I love the season of Lent.  Beautiful purple paraments adorn the walls of the sanctuary.  The hymns we sing take on a minor key and a mournful melody.  It is a season of introspection and self-reflection.  A

By |March 1st, 2020|

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

February brings both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday.  There could hardly be two more discordant ideas in our culture.  Valentine’s Day is a day of candy hearts and flowers and cards.  Beyond the commercialization, it is an opportunity to tell those whom we love how deeply such a thing is true.  I have already purchased my Valentine’s Day candy hearts in the tiny boxes.  I did so, because there was a national shortage of these last year - - - which was a travesty.  It is not that they are necessary in any way, but they have become a tradition in

By |February 1st, 2020|
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