Embrace the Journey
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Life can feel like one long journey. As we travel on our way, we experience ups, downs, roadblocks, detours, and adventures. We experience joys, and we experience loss. We are occasionally determined and we occasionally wander. The way forward is not always clear, not even our destination always, but we … Read More

A New Year at St Mark
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When the Times Square Ball drops at midnight on January 1st every year, I feel something. Like many people at that same time welcoming the new year, it’s a mix of feelings. Profound thankfulness for another year past and all of the blessings I am mindful of at the time. … Read More

A Pastoral Letter on Religion and Politics
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There seems to be a lot of division and disagreement in American political discourse, but I think we can all agree on at least one thing. There have been very strong reactions to the presidential election this year. As Lutherans, with one foot in the spiritual realm of God, and … Read More

Strategic Planning Session IV Summary
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Our fourth strategic planning session was all about getting things done. In sessions 2 and 3, we set ambitious outreach goals and ministry priorities that will shape the ministry of St Mark for years to come. In session IV, we began to roll up our sleeves and get to work. … Read More

Blessed
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Blessed  What are you most thankful for? This month, many of us will gather around tables laden with extravagant feasts, gathered with friends and families to celebrate Thanksgiving. Although we often associate Thanksgiving with pilgrims and the “First Thanksgiving” with Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the tradition of a day of … Read More

Strategic Planning Session III Recap
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On August 20th, Our Strategic Leadership Team met to set our congregations primary ministries for the coming year. Here is a summary of what they came up with: Worship 1. We will continue to prioritize Sunday morning “traditional” worship as our primary way of proclaiming Jesus’ redeeming love through worship. … Read More

Do you really love Jesus?
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Click here for today’s reading  If you read today’s post-resurrection story (link above), you know Peter’s feelings are more than a little bit hurt when Jesus persistently asks him “Peter, do you love me? Do you really love me? Are you sure you love me?” To which Peter finally responds “Yes … Read More

Witnessing to Jesus in Hamilton
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On Sunday, June 19th, in our Gospel reading Jesus tells us that “no one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). And yet as the Church we often find ourselves looking back to what was, rather than what … Read More

A Revelation for our Time
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I am spending the next month in the book of Revelation. Leading Bible Study on it Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings (join us!), I will take some time in its chapters, working not just to make sense of it, but to bring it to life. Revelation is a great book. … Read More

Is Cheap Grace Killing Us?
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It’s 6:30 AM. Before I am even sure I’m awake, I’m sweating through the warm-up of my Insanity workout at the YMCA. “Dig Deeper!” Shaun T’s voice comes over the speaker as the next track kicks in. “Come on! Don’t stop! Let’s go!” my trainer yells at me as I’m halfway through a … Read More

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