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Regard for Suffering

“We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and move in light of what they suffer.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This quote reminds me everyday of Christ’s compassion and consideration for all parties, which is why it hangs where I must see it.

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Trinity Sunday

New Day Sermon Trinity Sunday What can we really say about the Trinity? We have lots of words, all of which try to describe it. Maybe it is as simple as God’s creative efforts to be present to us “in many and various ways.”

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Easter 7

New Day Sermon Easter 7 We yearn to find unity in our world and in our communities, but as often as not we come up short. As Jesus concluded his high priestly prayer in St. John’s Gospel, he reminded the disciples (and us) that unity is something God gifts to us, since the first days…

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One Love

Traditional Sermon Easter 7 “One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel all right” Bob Marley friends. Bob Marley. Didn’t think I would ever be singing a reggae tune in worship, but God works in mysterious ways! Bob Marley’s song about unity was written in the midst of great turmoil in his homeland of…

Stewardship of Community

You shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18b Think of all the homes, apartments and condos within walking (or easy driving) distance of our congregation. Now ask, how do we interact with these neighbors? Does our congregation understand their issues, joys, opportunities and challenges? How can we love them as…

Learning and Speaking About Trauma

Life can be unpredictable sometimes. Some days can just be stressful. Sometimes our mood is greatly effected by something or someone around us. There are also days where we may experience a traumatic event. When these unpredictable moments occur, we don’t have to be alone. These were some of the important truths shared by Dr.…

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Community Thanksgiving Eve Service

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lancaster invites the community to a Manheim Township Community Thanksgiving Eve Service on November 21 at 7:00pm. Several pastors and church leaders from the community will be co-leading a service of thanksgiving, prayer, and giving. As part of giving thanks, we will be collecting canned goods which will be…