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, […]

Escape

Escape

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Escape rooms are all of the rage right now, and people across the country are joining in. In case you haven’t heard about this latest big thing, here’s how it works: you lock yourself in a room with a handful of friends and race against […]

Easter Everywhere

Easter Everywhere

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I thought God lived at church. That, I figured, was why so many people visited him on Christmas and Easter. Joking aside, when you wanted to see God, you went to church. As I […]

The Underdog

The Underdog

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I spent last weekend the way I suspect many of you did, watching basketball. A special treat this year was getting to watch round one from Keybank Center with some friends. Now, it’s not that I needed the reminder, but I walked away from the […]

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