Faith Matters: Aug. 27, 2012

Scott Hannon
Pastor Scott Hannon

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!” Psalm 66:2a

On my final day of class in seminary, one of my favorite professors said, “Prepare yourselves, future pastors! Your job will take you to the front lines of ministry. You will witness firsthand what God is up to in this world.”

He was right.

Over the past few months I’ve witnessed high school youth praying with the homeless. I’ve watched elementary school children bring change and can goods to feed the hungry. I saw 40 pastors gather to prepare 15,000 meals for working poor families. On visits to shut-ins, I’ve walked in the room minutes after members of our church left. I’ve seen God forgive people day after day, week after week. I’ve heard God call the broken and lonely to a table of grace. I’ve watched as God has claimed and cleansed new Christians in the church.

I have been on the front lines of ministry and I want you to know: God is up to something in this world.

Sometimes in the craziness of everyday life we fail to see God’s presence. We get so caught up in what we’re up to we forget that God is at work all around us.

In scripture, the Psalmist writes to people who have failed to see God acting in this world and says:

“Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise. Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!” … Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. Psalm 66:1-5

You don’t have to be a pastor to be on the front line of ministry. In fact, I believe that God is active and at work all around you and through you. So prepare yourselves, my Christian brothers and sisters. You are on the front lines of ministry. You will see firsthand what God is up to in this world. And because of that, make a joyful noise today. Sing the glory of God’s name. Give thanks and praise.

In the Way,

Pastor Scott

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Pastor Scott Hannon
Pastor Scott serves the people of St. John by helping the congregation welcome everyone, care for one another, and grow in the joy of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Pastor Scott earned his bachelor’s degree at the University at Buffalo and went to seminary at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in preaching from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pastor Scott and his wife, Kate, live in Bowmansville, NY with their children Molly, Delaney, and John Scott. Scott and Kate love Western New York for many reasons, not the least of which are the changing seasons, wonderful people, and of course the Buffalo Bills. Pastor Scott’s ministry priorities are worship, preaching and teaching. Scott’s hobbies are guitar, golf, and reading. To read some of Scott’s musings visit his blog Way-ward at