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|

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year Bethlehem! I'd like to begin by expressing my deep gratitude for all of you, and for the generosity of your Christmas gift this year. I was blown away and am so profoundly blessed to count myself a part of this community. Thank you so much. If you have been on Facebook, or Twitter, or really any social media platform this week, you have no doubt seen the annual barrage of memes and comics lampooning the practice of New Year's Resolutions. Pictures of gym owners raking in the dough from all of the new memberships that are being purchased,

By |January 8th, 2020|

The Light of Christmas is Coming

Dear Advent People, May light reach you.  The light of Christ’s coming.  The light of hope in a dark night sky, the light we pass one to another.  I recently saw the Mr. Rogers movie, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.  I left the theatre reminded again, that kindness and compassion are indeed a most significant force of transformation in the world.  I left musing on God’s decision to change the world by placing a newborn child in a manger.  A decision to change the world, not by force or strength, but by one who came bringing healing in his

By |December 7th, 2019|
Go to Top