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 […]

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 […]

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