“Why are you a Lutheran?” our friend asks, and maybe we reply: “the church I like just happens to be Lutheran,” or, “I grew up Lutheran.” Or do we have more to say about the Lutheran approach to life and spirituality and the faith that draws us? Martin Luther is a name that’s easy to […]
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“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (John 14.1) I am so pleased and happy to be one of your pastors at First Lutheran Church. It is wonderful to be a part of a church community that is open to thinking ahead, sickness aware of changing times and how that may change how we “do” […]
John Eliot Gardiner has written a big book on J.S. Bach which focuses on the choral music, especially music Bach composed for use in Lutheran worship. I read it this past Summer and I’ve been meaning to jot down a few thoughts before dog-ears straighten themselves out and memory fades (which happens rather quickly for […]
We may not always realize it, advice but what we call in the church “fellowship time” or “coffee hour” is a key part of our Sunday morning experience together. Or maybe the times we do realize it’s importance it feels more like “party time!’ and we leave church with a high from all the good […]
Sometimes we refer to new people as “visitors,” “guests” or “prospective members.” But even after a visitor becomes a member, they struggle to find their place. We sometimes forget that they are still new. The word guest can mean someone honored, but also transient and not as privileged or important as established members. Also, not […]