Fresh Start

Fresh Start

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Our family vacation a few weeks ago got off to a rocky start. By the end of our first day we were sitting in the urgent care with our youngest unable to move her arm. But then it happened. As I stretched my daughter’s arm […]

ReLENTless Faith

ReLENTless Faith

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Burnout. It’s cool when it’s a car. It’s expected when it’s a candle. But, boy, is it a bummer when it happens to us. We all know what leads to it. It comes from a significant amount of work with very little reward. It comes […]

Already At Work

Already At Work

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Let’s get to the chase. Last week was not the week I thought it was going to be. It started with an early goodbye to a colleague. On Wednesday I walked into the office to find the carpet in my office saturated with water and […]

Christmas is Just Beginning

Christmas is Just Beginning

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Two quotes put Christmas into focus for me this year. The first came from a sermon that Martin Luther preached on Christmas himself in 1543. He said: “The inn was full… there are many of you who think to yourselves: “If only I had been […]

Wonder

Wonder

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Perhaps the greatest casualty to the age of information has been our ability to wonder. Wonder struggles to exist in a world with answers at our fingertips and eyes locked in on digital crystal balls. But that’s one of the things I love so much […]

Believe the Promise

Believe the Promise

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY My four-year old daughter Quinn has recently entered a dangerous period in life. The other day we were sitting on the couch about to snuggle and watch a movie together when we were interrupted. Quinn was a little bummed, so I said, “Don’t worry we […]

Whatever You’re Waiting For

Whatever You’re Waiting For

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Last week my youngest turned two, and when she did my oldest learned yet again that it’s not always about her. While she handled her jealousy as well as could be expected and joined in the celebration, when the party ended there was a certain […]

How & Why?

How & Why?

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY By the time you read this it will have happened, but as I sit here writing I cannot help but think about what I am going to say to the congregation I serve on Sunday. We’re a mixed bag at Hope Lutheran Church. It’s part […]

A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY A few weeks ago, sunlight hit the altar of Hope Lutheran Church for the first time since 1986. Prior to the recent installment we didn’t have any windows. But now gone are the dark days of ages past. It’s a brand new morn. Still, the […]

Wholeness Through Thanks

Wholeness Through Thanks

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Recently, the school district in which I serve commemorated its 50th anniversary celebration. Local historians gave the history, we remembered the central players, the choirs sang, the bands led us in the alma maters and fight songs, and by all accounts it was a wonderful […]