Monthly Archives: May 2015

On Parades and Civic Holidays

On Monday both of my kids marched in our town’s Memorial Day Parade. It was a fantastic community affair. People lined the streets and engaged one another. Flags were waved. Fallen soldiers were remembered.  There were a number of town … Continue reading

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“You Can’t Extinguish the Spirit” a Pentecost sermon on Acts 2

5/24/2015 Pentecost Sermon on Acts 2:1-14, 16-24, 36-42 THE MESSAGE “You Can’t Extinguish the Spirit” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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The Church in Waiting

What happened between the Ascension and Pentecost? If you read Acts 1-2, apparently not much. At a recent leadership event I attended, my friend and colleague Pastor Rob Myallis of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jonestown, PA put it this … Continue reading

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“There is no ‘up'” sermon on Luke 24:44-53 & Acts 1:1-11

5/17/2015 Easter 7 / Ascension Sermon on Luke 24:44-53                        & Acts 11:1-11 “There is no ‘up’” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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Pew Forum, Religious Decline and Asking Questions (or Learning Mission from our Young People, Part 2)

A recent Pew Forum study revealed a decrease of 3.4% in participation by (roughly 5 Million) adults in Mainline Protestant congregations from 2007-2014, while during the same period an 6.7% increase in the unaffiliated from 16.1% to 22.8% of the … Continue reading

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“What’s Your Story?” a sermon on John 15:12-17

5/10/2015 Easter 6 Sermon on John 15:12-17 “What’s your story?” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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Learning Mission from our Young People

  I have been considering this question: How might we engage our young people in God’s mission? So I thought…why not ask them? At our confirmation retreat at Camp Calumet April 24-26, 2015, I did.   (Our St. Paul, Old … Continue reading

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