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 […]

Opposing Oppression

Opposing Oppression

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Like many of you I’ve been watching the news unfold around the tragedy in Charlottesville in disbelief. Part of my disbelief is how blind I was to it in the first place. The day before a friend was visiting from Virginia. He mentioned he had […]

Faithful

Faithful

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY The last 6 weeks of my life have been a whirlwind (summer has a way of doing that to us, doesn’t it?). I’ve spent three of those weeks away for work, and the other three running around doing all the work a normal week requires […]

Let Those Who Have Ears, Listen

Let Those Who Have Ears, Listen

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY My daughter, Quinn, recently finished her first year of big kid school. She was a UPK in Fillmore, and she loved every minute of it and did great. But we did receive a note home one day this year that every parent dreads. It started […]

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY July 4th on the hill where I live is a spectacular sight. If you sit in our backyard and look west you can see fireworks on the horizon for 180 degrees. There are large ones booming in the sky and small ones sneaking through and […]

Make Us New

Make Us New

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Originally Published in 2013 The halls of Hope Lutheran Church are quite these days. The preschoolers are gone for the summer, and with them my favorite procrastination technique to avoid that Sunday sermon. Thank God for golf or I really might be tempted to overwork […]

God’s Work. YOUR Hands.

God’s Work. YOUR Hands.

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY As I write this reflection, I am sitting in a meeting of the larger church that I am fortunate enough to serve. Pastors and parishioners from across Upstate New York are gathered to do a little business, to hear about what our church is up […]

Milestones

Milestones

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY The first time I saw an actual milestone was several years ago in Madagascar, and until someone explained to me why the roads were marked with tombstones, I actually had no idea what I was looking at. I didn’t have a cell phone with a […]

Good, Good Mother

Good, Good Mother

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY One of the first lessons I learned in seminary was to change the pronouns I used for God. On any paper, in sermons, or even in conversation God was not to be referred to as “He.” Passing a course was on the line. The idea, […]

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