Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY We watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer entirely way too much in our house. What started as a Christmas cinema treat for our daughter Molly, has quickly become a daily routine. For most of the days of Christmas we have awakened, made toast, and watched […]

Hope On

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon, St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY I hope a lot. I hope for good weather. I hope for my sports teams to win games. I hope for health. I hope for opportunity. I hope for blessing for my family, my friends, and my church. I hope for forgiveness. My wife […]


Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY In life there are things we can choose and things we can’t. Currently, my wife is 5 weeks away from baby #2 and I am beginning to realize there are a ton of things I can’t control. I don’t know when the baby will […]


Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY Where do we turn in times of trouble? Where do we place our trust? In the wake of death? Through the weeks and months of unemployment? When we find out a loved one has cancer? When the people we trust let us down? When […]


I hope your Easter was blessed, exciting and special. It was anything but normal in our house. I had the privilege of preaching and leading worship for hundreds of Christians as we shouted, “Alleluia,” and celebrated Christ’s resurrection. Later in the morning I watched my daughter Molly run through our house looking for her Easter […]

“Baby Pastor School”

I am writing my Faith Matters column for the Jamestown Gazette from a small room in a Catholic Retreat Center located near Philadelphia, PA. The room resembles what I imagine a prison cell is like… very small with a cot style bed, single light, tiny window and a sink in the corner. There is a […]

Faith Matters: Dec. 31, 2012

Did you know Jesus didn’t have a name for 8 days? Through the whole Christmas story Jesus is called “child,” “first-born son,” “him” and “baby,” but never by a name. That is, until Luke 1:21 which states, “After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus the […]

Faith Matters – Dec. 24, 2012

BLESSED I’ll never forget what the first few nights were like when our daughter Molly was born and we brought her home from the hospital. I stood over her crib for hours each night watching her breathe. My thoughts were one constant prayer: Lord, bless this child. Almost a year later I’ve gotten over watching […]

Faith Matters – Dec. 10, 2012

Unexpected Christmas tree. Check. Outside lights up. Check. House decorated. Nearly. Shopping done. Not even close. The past week and a half has been crazy. It’s been one thing after another. Unpack one box only to start the next. Trim the tree, hang the outside lights, re-trim tree because half a string of lights burned […]