I declare this congregation, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, to be closed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [Service of Leave Taking; Evangelical Lutheran Worship- Occasional Services for the Assembly] I recited the above words for the first time in public on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at theContinue reading “A POSTSCRIPT ON BETHLEHEM”

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”


“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” [1 Thessalonians 4:13] I have tried to avoid making these blog posts a summary of my week’s activities or a reprise of homilies I’ve preached.Continue reading “HONORING A MEMORY”