Category Archives: Church & Mission

A little theology, a little missiology, a little commentary

“Mission Trip Recap: New Haven, 2019” Luke 14:1, 7-14

9/01/2019 Luke 14:1, 7-14 “Mission Trip Recap: New Haven 2019” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT St. Paul Youth

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Sunday is coming! ELCA Churchwide Assembly 2019: Highlights so far…

Normally I write a little blurb on the coming gospel reading to get ready for Sunday morning. This week I want to do something a little different. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is meeting for Churchwide Assembly in … Continue reading

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Sunday is Coming! “The all too familiar wrong mission of the church (a parable)” Luke 10:1-11

“Go on your way. See I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.” (Luke 10:3) [DISCLAIMER – This is a parable – a story about something relatable to tell a wider truth. I’m not looking for … Continue reading

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“How much God has done for you” a sermon on Luke 8:26-39 Pastor Ron Glusenkamp

6/23/2019 Sermon on Luke 8:26-39 “How much God has done for you” Visit from Pastor Ron Glusenkamp Director, Campaign of the ELCA St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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What you can do when you feel like you can’t do anything

Some days, some weeks, some years it is difficult not to feel like the world is broken, dangerous and unfixable. If you let the news cycle and injustice of this world dictate your perspective on life it does not take … Continue reading

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You are loved and welcome here. You are not alone. Do not be afraid.

Some of the strongest, most courageous and faithful people I know both inside and outside of the church self-identify as LGBTQ+ (but their strength, courage and faith is not what is at stake in this post). In the ongoing arguments … Continue reading

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My Pastor Report for the Annual Congregational Meeting 2/10/2019

Wow! 2018 marked some significant milestones and ministry in the life of St. Paul. BUILDING & MISSION We celebrated the completion of the whole building renovation (sans kitchen) on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Our Bishop, Jim Hazelwood of the New … Continue reading

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