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. […]

Surnamed Children of God

Surnamed Children of God

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Last weekend my son, Kelly William Hannon, was baptized. One of the greatest blessings for me was to be able to share that day with my grandfather. Kelly, you see, is named after my grandfather (who it turns out is named after his). William Hannon […]

Mine

Mine

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY One of my son’s first words was, “Mine.” He is one-and-a-half and the youngest child of our three. He has two older sisters who have routinely snatched toys, food, blankets, and stuffed animals from his hands. And so, early on he picked up this […]

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends, the calendar may show it’s the middle of October, but the lovely weather we have been enjoying recently belies that fact! We have had a few “seasonal moments,” but for the most part it has been warm and sunny. All it takes to remember it is fall is a […]

Original Creator

Original Creator

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY This weekend we have a quilt show at my church. We’ve hosted it every two years since the early ’90s. I’ve served at Hope through four quilt shows and every time I’ve been more impressed than the last. It’s easy to admire the quilts on […]

Personal Grace

Personal Grace

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY To this day my mother claims that she knew what she was doing and she had a really good reason for switching our family to First Lutheran Church in Jamestown when I was in middle school. I, however, know the real truth. She switched us […]

Don’t say yes!

Don’t say yes!

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY My daughter Delaney had a food allergy attack a couple of weeks ago. She snuck a cookie she knew she couldn’t have, took a few bites, and placed the rest back in the container. She then spent the next five hours extremely sick (really, […]

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 […]

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