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 […]

Daddy

Daddy

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The craziest thing happened to me while I was washing dishes the other day. I was standing at the sink and my daughter Molly was playing at my feet. At one point she needed my attention (likely trying to show me the yucky piece […]

Still.

Still.

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The Psalmist writes, “The nations are in an uproar and kingdoms totter…. Waters rage and foam; mountains shake.” These ancient words seem to ring loud and true in our contemporary ears. We live in a world where nations not only rise against other nations, […]

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 […]

Not There Yet

Not There Yet

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I am a pastor and I would love to tell you that I am a perfect Christian, but the truth is… I’m not there yet. Don’t get me wrong, I consider myself a man of deep faith. It’s just that I keep having these […]

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 […]

Little League Prayers

Little League Prayers

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY We were sitting at the beach on vacation with about a dozen family members when half a dozen phones beeped and/or vibrated in unison. A prayer request from a family member far away was sent out on the family group-chat: “Please pray that so-and-so’s […]

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 […]

Reckless

Reckless

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’m just going to come right out and say it. God is a bad sower. God is a reckless farmer. God is a careless planter. In Sunday’s gospel reading Jesus tells the parable of a sower scattering seed. He says that as the farmer […]

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