Pastoral Perspective – May 2022

Dear Friends, As I write this, I am remembering these words from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (The Voice):  For everything that happens in life—there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven: A time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, a time to collect...
Pastoral Perspective-April 2022

Pastoral Perspective-April 2022

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord. In the same year World War II began, the German theologian and pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer published in 1939 a book entitled Life Together.  Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran minister, wrote the...

Pastoral Perspective-February 2022

PASTOR HERR’S PERSPECTIVE Grace and peace to you in the name of the Holy and Blessed Trinity! 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon took him in...

Pastoral Perspective-January 2022

THE HANDS OF CHRIST One of my favorite stories on facing and surmounting disappointment is one I heard many years ago. In a small town in Italy, after World War II, townspeople gathered in a village piazza around their beloved statue of Christ, which had stood there...

Pastoral Perspective-December 2021

Close to Home is our congregation’s 2021 Advent and Christmas theme.  Using materials from Sanctified Art the theme centers us on the Holy Scriptures we will hear during worship and the implications of God’s Word for our daily lives and faith.  In these...

September 2021 Pastoral Perspective

Grace and peace to you in the name of the Father, +Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen. Throughout the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s Herman Stuempfle and Frederick Wentz were leaders in Lutheran theological education.  Both were seminary professors and presidents – Fred at...