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Lenten Worship Service Schedule

“He who though he was in the form of God did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped…” February 10th Ash Wednesday Worship Services at 10:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Mark 14:26-42 Jesus’ Prayer in Gethsemane “He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men…” […]

Why I’ve Stayed

After our Annual Meeting of the Congregation, I’ve been thinking about why I’ve stayed as the Pastor of Cross Lutheran Church for more than 26 years. The short answer is I’ve stayed because no one has asked me to go elsewhere.  That is to say the congregation seems to be satisfied enough with my ministry […]

Football Rather than Basketball?

Basketball is my favorite sport.  I started playing when I was 10, and stayed on the court through high school, college, and seminary.  I even played with the church team my first year or two after ordination.  I coached my daughter’s teams for 8 years, and I’m still refereeing 50-60 games a year.  I love […]

The Gift of Showing Up

They showed up! Rarely in my 36 years of ministry have I been moved as I was by their appearance.  I’d been wondering why I hadn’t seen them for quite some time; wondering if I or someone else had done or said something to hurt them or to turn them away.  So I wrote and asked […]


What is Christmas supposed to be? My Dad spent more than three years in North Africa and Italy during World War II and never made it “home” for Christmas.  My mentor Rolf Hanson used to talk about spending one Christmas on his LST in a typhoon in the Pacific.  My good friend Jake Ryder spent […]

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