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 […]

Safe to Ask

Safe to Ask

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY In a conversation I was having with a friend recently, the topic of a mutual friend’s cancer came up. Just week’s ago our friend passed away. A funeral service at a local church followed. My friend was noting how much she appreciated the pastor’s remarks. […]

High Expectations

High Expectations

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Although it’s been several falls since I myself have geared up to go back to school, since I spent the 20+ falls before heading to grade school, high school, college or seminary, this time of year always comes with it’s own form of post traumatic […]

Live Ready

Live Ready

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY A couple of weeks ago I received a scary phone call from my wife. It was the kind that started by saying, “Don’t worry, but…” And we all know what happens when we hear those words… we worry. She continued, “Our daughter [1-year-old] and I […]

Olympic Games

Olympic Games

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY With the Olympic Games nearing the halfway point, I once again have a case of Olympic Fever. It happens to me every couple of years. For two weeks or so I find myself glued to my television set to watch the best athletes in the […]