AuthorRev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor
Rev. Craig Ross

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

What Happened to the Pumpkins?

Our thanks again to Brendan Armitage for this week’s devotion! Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” —Mark 14:36 Our genteel display of winter squash, in reds and tans and oranges, had been rather cruelly mauled, as you can see…

A Little Something Sweet…

We thank Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s email devotional! “I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself.  But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.” ~~ Romans 14:14 (NRSV) “Oh, Martha!  That cake is sinfully delicious!” Insert your favorite decadent…

What Kind of King?

Christ the King Sunday … today’s celebration … is the final Sunday of the Church Year.  It is a time when the Church not only thinks about the end of our twelve-month cycle of Sunday church services and accompanying lessons and festivals.  It is also a time when we think about the end of time,…

Touching the Face of God

John Gillespie Magee was a WWII fighter pilot, who wrote these words three months before he was killed in a mid-air collision.  The poem is entitled, “High Flight.” Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds,…

Called Into Mission

We could not have a worse Gospel Lesson for this morning’s service than the one I just read from Luke, chapter 20.  On Annual Meeting Sunday, I was hoping that maybe the First Lesson would be from the First Book of Kings … recounting King Solomon’s temple building project in Jerusalem, and how he paid…

The Voice of Your Soul

We use the word “soul” a lot, don’t we?  “You are my soul-mate” … “That involved some soul-searching” … “She’s a bit of a lost soul, isn’t she?” … “You really bared your soul, didn’t you?”  We have a whole genre of music called “soul music.”  Maybe you watched the TV show “Soul Train” as…

Saints for All

New Day Sermonall Saints Sunday The saints we cherish are a far bigger community that simply those we have loved who have died in this world. We who still walk the earth are all “living saints” too. Join us for a broader consideration of “sainthood” as we engage some voices from the past who have…

Reformation For All

New Day Sermon Reformation Sunday Lutherans have often celebrated Reformation Sunday as an “in-house” glorification of the blessings of the Lutheran perspective. Now, in a rapidly changing world with expanded horizons, how do we live and witness as Lutheran Christians in a pluralistic human community. Join our New Day community in our engagement of the…