Holy Hands

Holy Hands

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY A couple of weeks ago I received a scary phone call from my wife. It was the kind that started by saying, “Don’t worry, but…” And we all know what happens when we hear those words… we worry. She continued, “Our daughter [1-year-old] and […]

Choices.

Choices.

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’ve received countless e-mails from friends on both sides of the presidential race with the same message… “Scott! Make the right choice!” I can’t turn on the television without being bombarded by the same message from our local politicians… “Choose me!” These imperatives come […]

Running

Running

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’ve watched a lot of competitions lately. Our television set has been fixed on the Olympics for the past two weeks. In our house, we like all the races and contests – swimming, volleyball, gymnastics, and even ping pong – but our favorite is […]

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY “Be not afraid,” Jesus tells his disciples in our gospel lesson from Sunday. “Be not afraid…” In my proudest moments I cling to these words. I hold them close and allow them to hold me up. They buoy me through tough and tragic times. […]

Love One Another

Love One Another

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY God loves you. Love one another. There once was a pastor who stood up in front of his church to deliver a sermon and said, “God loves you. Love one another.” As he sat down, the congregation smiled and said, “Amen!” The next week […]

Love Leads to Life

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY It has been a long week. No, honestly, it’s been a long month. Actually, it has been a long year. The days have been filled with violence. Terrorism has stuck around the globe. Communities everywhere are mourning loss. Most recently, we mourn the tragic, […]

For Freedom

For Freedom

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Imagine for a moment that you’re totally free (and not just in an America the Beautiful sort of way). You’re totally free. Freed from sin. Freed from consumerism. Freed from addiction, depression, guilt and grief. You’re free from serving the expectations of others. You’re […]

Dad

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The craziest thing happened to me while I was washing dishes the other day. I was standing at the sink and my daughter Molly was playing at my feet. At one point she needed my attention (likely trying to show me her latest boo-boo […]

Peace

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Peace is scarce. Peace – that is, tranquility, harmony, serenity, stillness, calmness – it is a rare thing in most of our lives. On the contrary, tension and turmoil, anger and agitation, fear and worry are often ever-present aspects of our days. There is […]

Elves

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I have a newfound love, respect and appreciation for my wife. About a week ago, she gave birth to our third child. She was amazing and graceful and strong. However, that’s not (entirely) what my newfound love, respect and appreciation are all about. On […]