Now You Are Dismissing Your Servant in Peace

Sermon Preached at the Final Worship of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Youngstown, Ohio December 28, 2014 Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all people.” [Luke 29-30Continue reading “Now You Are Dismissing Your Servant in Peace”

a Christmas message

When I was a parish pastor, oh so many days ago, I thought it important that our Christmas Eve bulletin include a message from our synod bishop. It was a way that people could hear spiritually uplifting and inspiring words from someone other than their pastor. It was also my way of letting my parishionersContinue reading “a Christmas message”

The Epiphany of Our Lord

“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” [Matthew 2:2] Epiphany is one of my favorite church festivals.  It evokes an assorted set of memories. The first one goes all the way back to infancy.  AsContinue reading “The Epiphany of Our Lord”