Pastor’s Pen – August 2016

August 1, 2016 - Written by Pastor's Pen
 

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“Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” – Ecclesiastes 1:2
 
This verse from the beginning of the book of Ecclesiastes was part of our Old Testament reading for Sunday, July 31. It’s a verse that is perhaps the most cynical verse in the whole …

Pastor’s Pen – July

June 30, 2016 - Written by Pastor's Pen
 

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Last month five of us from St. Andrew attended the annual Metropolitan Chicago Synod Assembly. Judy Boyd, Gary Burchardt, Leslie Parriott, Corrine McGonagle and I, along with over 400 other members of Chicago-area ELCA congregations, gathered inside the Tinley Park Convention Center on June 10and 11. We worshiped, …

Pastor’s Pen for May 2016

April 29, 2016 - Written by Pastor's Pen
 

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Even though the season of Easter is soon behind us, you and I are called to live the rest of our lives as people of Easter. We are called to live each day as people who know that in Christ life has triumphed over death. In short, we …