It’s All Around Us

It’s All Around Us

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY What comes to mind when you hear the word blessing? I ask because I’ve noticed when we say blessing we mean all sorts of different things. For example, if I asked you to count your blessings you might start thinking about the good things in […]

Eat

Eat

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I forgot to eat yesterday. I had meetings from 7AM through 9PM that night. Around dinner time I caught 45 minutes of free time and meant to grab a bite, but, like I said, I forgot. And so, when I arrived at home at […]

BB Guns and Babies

BB Guns and Babies

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Merry Christmas! Over the next weeks, as the season of Christmas draws to an end on January 6th, we are going to see a lot of things go. Trees will find their way to curbs, Santa will find his way back to the North Pole, […]

Picture Christmas

Picture Christmas

It was about 20 degrees. It wasn’t snowing, but the wind was blowing enough that it seemed like it was. We didn’t have hats or mittens – they weren’t “allowed.” We wore light jackets and designer shoes. Our feet were freezing. Snot endlessly dripped from our kids’ noses. My ears were beat red. My wife’s […]

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I recently gave the crew at Ale House Church and our youth group a pop quiz. It was a True or False quiz testing how much they actually knew about the Biblical account of Christmas. I wonder how you’ll do. Take a moment to decide […]

Empty

Empty

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I noticed the gas gauge was low when I got in my car the other morning. I win in a hurry. I had a million things to do in a very short window of time. So, I figured I’d roll the dice and see […]

My Cup Overflows

My Cup Overflows

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Arguably the most famous psalm of all is Psalm 23. It earned its favor by its beautiful poetry comforting us at the time of death. From movies to the real thing, David’s words “the Lord is my Shepherd” and “Yea, though I walk through the […]

It’s All God’s

It’s All God’s

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY When I began my ministry at my current congregation we had weekly issues with our Boy Scout troop. I’d arrive on Thursday morning, the morning after their weekly meeting, to find the bathrooms a disaster, furniture out of place, lights on, miscellaneous items broken […]

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 […]

Ordeal

Ordeal

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Life is filled with ordeals. In the past week we heard about the ordeal caused by terror. We wrestled with the ordeal caused by potential collusion and corruption. We continued to watch people recover from the ordeal caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters. […]

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