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 […]

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 […]

God’s Terms

God’s Terms

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Instead of a traditional greeting, the teller at the bank welcomed me by saying in a rather curt tone: “Don’t you want to bank on your own terms?” “I don’t follow,” I replied. “Well, don’t you have an ATM card? You can make this […]

Make Us New

Make Us New

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Originally Published in 2013 The halls of Hope Lutheran Church are quite these days. The preschoolers are gone for the summer, and with them my favorite procrastination technique to avoid that Sunday sermon. Thank God for golf or I really might be tempted to overwork […]

We Get To…

We Get To…

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY (Originally Published in 2015) I sign a ton of forms validating community service hours. Sometimes it is for a kid who has to volunteer for school or an organization. At other times it is for an adult who is in trouble and needs “hours” […]

God’s Work. YOUR Hands.

God’s Work. YOUR Hands.

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY As I write this reflection, I am sitting in a meeting of the larger church that I am fortunate enough to serve. Pastors and parishioners from across Upstate New York are gathered to do a little business, to hear about what our church is up […]

Seething and Sunburned

Seething and Sunburned

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY When I arrived at work on Tuesday, I found the grass at church unacceptably long. In the front of church it was bad. In the back of church it was terrible. Our lawn was over a foot high. The grass had gone to seed. […]

Milestones

Milestones

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY The first time I saw an actual milestone was several years ago in Madagascar, and until someone explained to me why the roads were marked with tombstones, I actually had no idea what I was looking at. I didn’t have a cell phone with a […]

13 Hours

13 Hours

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY As I left the Hodge Avenue parking ramp adjacent to Children’s Hospital, I was struck by the joy in front of me. I pulled onto Elmwood Avenue. on a beautiful May day and was simply taken aback at the busy and jubilant world around […]

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