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May Chimes

Houston, We have a Gathering! You’ve probably been hearing a lot at church lately about the upcoming National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. We have fourteen youth and three adults from St. Paul’s attending the Gathering from June 27-July 1, and you might be wondering what this is all about. Lutheran youth from across the…

April Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, “Whew! Easter is over!” I’m sure some variant of those words was uttered in countless church offices, pastors’ and musicians’ homes, not to mention by tired-out volunteers: those who decorate the church, serve as assisting ministers, ushers, counters, or altar guild, those who set up for fellowship and welcome…

March Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In the past week, I continue to find myself having conversations about community. As technology and our modes of interacting with one another change so rapidly, our understandings of what community is are also shifting. Is physical presence necessary for community? How does community change when it is mostly…

February Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Sometimes things happen in such a way that you can only shake your head and chuckle. That has been the case for me with the season of Lent this year. Easter and Lent are movable dates on the church’s calendar. The Church has stuck to determining the date of…

January Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Happy Epiphany to you all! The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6, was originally the day when Christians celebrated the birth of Jesus. In fact, they celebrated three big events all in one day: Jesus’ birth, his baptism, and the miracle of turning water into wine. Throughout the…

December Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Advent blessings to you all! As a child, Advent was always my favorite church season. It was a time of awe and wonder, and with each candle lit, I knew the excitement of Christmas was one week closer. Of course, in Advent, we are not really meant to prepare…

November Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, If I had to pick a favorite season, it would be Fall. There are so many things I love about the Fall, but it is probably my favorite because of Thanksgiving, which is my absolute favorite holiday. Some might be surprised that I don’t have a religious holiday topping…

October Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This October we join Lutherans around the world in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther, a monk and pastor, posted his “95 Theses” in Wittenberg, Germany. He intended to start a debate, hoping to provoke change in the church to…

September Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” We recently read these words from Paul’s letter to the Romans in church. It is one of my favorite metaphors for the church: the body of Christ. We all serve our own…