It’s All Around Us

It’s All Around Us

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY What comes to mind when you hear the word blessing? I ask because I’ve noticed when we say blessing we mean all sorts of different things. For example, if I asked you to count your blessings you might start thinking about the good things in […]

BB Guns and Babies

BB Guns and Babies

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Merry Christmas! Over the next weeks, as the season of Christmas draws to an end on January 6th, we are going to see a lot of things go. Trees will find their way to curbs, Santa will find his way back to the North Pole, […]

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I recently gave the crew at Ale House Church and our youth group a pop quiz. It was a True or False quiz testing how much they actually knew about the Biblical account of Christmas. I wonder how you’ll do. Take a moment to decide […]

My Cup Overflows

My Cup Overflows

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Arguably the most famous psalm of all is Psalm 23. It earned its favor by its beautiful poetry comforting us at the time of death. From movies to the real thing, David’s words “the Lord is my Shepherd” and “Yea, though I walk through the […]

Gratitude

Gratitude

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY As I write this, the first flakes of snow are falling outside my office window. It’s a certain sign that the seasons are changing, and, while I’m not quiet ready for the winter season (see the patio furniture still adorned for the 4th of July […]

Surnamed Children of God

Surnamed Children of God

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Last weekend my son, Kelly William Hannon, was baptized. One of the greatest blessings for me was to be able to share that day with my grandfather. Kelly, you see, is named after my grandfather (who it turns out is named after his). William Hannon […]

Original Creator

Original Creator

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY This weekend we have a quilt show at my church. We’ve hosted it every two years since the early ’90s. I’ve served at Hope through four quilt shows and every time I’ve been more impressed than the last. It’s easy to admire the quilts on […]

Personal Grace

Personal Grace

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY To this day my mother claims that she knew what she was doing and she had a really good reason for switching our family to First Lutheran Church in Jamestown when I was in middle school. I, however, know the real truth. She switched us […]

Blessings

Blessings

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Part of the territory of pastoral ministry is being asked to pray. These prayers cover a wide variety of requests. Some are very serious like praying for the sick or the grieving. Other requests fall more in the ritual sense like praying before a meal […]

Irrevocable Gift

Irrevocable Gift

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Half way through my final year of seminary I received an incredible surprise. I got a call from the business office that a check had arrived at the school that day with my name on it. (That was not a common occurrence.) I went to […]

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