Pastor’s Blog

Pentecost Passions

Pentecost Passions

I really do like Pentecost dear friends. Not only do I think that red just seems to fit well as one of the best liturgical colors, but there are a number of fun things that can be done in the really big Pentecost church celebrations. I discovered one such thing while...

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God’s Work, Wash Your Hands

God’s Work, Wash Your Hands

Always read the plaque. I used to be annoyed whenever I visited a museum while on vacation as a child because dad would take sooooo long to get through the exhibits. He would stop and read each and every little plaque that there was to read! But then a few years back...

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Be Filled Up

Be Filled Up

“Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt, you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.” Greetings Dear Friends! That quote is from the children’s book Last Stop on Market Street. It was the story I read as a part of the story time with the Preschool this week, but...

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The Beauty of Lent

The Beauty of Lent

I always feel sort of strange whenever I say that Lent is my favorite season of the church year. Well, I guess I don’t necessarily feel strange but rather I get some strange and confused looks! Lent certainly doesn’t have the building anticipation or contain the...

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Come Along And Walk

Come Along And Walk

Lent begins just next week as Ash Wednesday is this next Wednesday! And already the various clergy groups I am a part of on Facebook are in a collective frenzy of preparation, materials gathering, and occasional meltdown.  Now, I’ll always be thankful for the lessons...

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Value Love

Value Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! One of the Valentine’s themed things I listened to recently started off rather suspiciously. It began by making the assertion that millennials, those born between 1983 and 2000 are the most murderous generation in history. I was taken aback at...

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Fail Hard and Fail Fast!

Fail Hard and Fail Fast!

“Failure is not an option.” For me, this is the most memorable quote from the movie Apollo 13 and not “Houston, we have a problem.” (Even though the real Jim Lovell said something slightly different!) You see, I walked out of this 1995 film a certified space geek. I...

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Lessons Are Everywhere!

Lessons Are Everywhere!

It may come as no surprise that I am a massive fan of all things Disney. And the reasons why are widely varied. From a completely surface level, from all of their output ranging from classic & feature animation, to Pixar, to now Marvel, ESPN, National Geographic,...

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We Are Drawn

We Are Drawn

Another weekend is upon us and it is snowing once again! This seems to be a rather odd hallmark of consistency, especially for the weather. But into our new year each weekend has also brought with it celebrations or new events to look forward too. As we approach our...

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Lamb of God

Lamb of God

“Look, here is the Lamb of God.” This phrase is a refrain that we will hear in our gospel reading coming up this weekend. We get to hear yet again from John the Baptist as his witness continues and his mantle now picked up by Jesus. Last week we heard the story of...

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Blessings and Prayers

Blessings and Prayers

Happy New Year! I hope that the start to this new year and new decade for that matter has been a peaceful and a relaxing one. Like our various Christmas and holiday traditions, celebrating the New Year comes with its own wide mix of fun and exciting traditions. For...

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Like Incense Before You

Like Incense Before You

“Let my prayer rise up like incense before you.” Advent has begun and so have our midweek Advent worship services! It was a joy to celebrate in worship and mark this season of waiting as the places of shadow and lingering night give birth to the light of the coming...

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Leadership at LCM

Leadership at LCM

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get their some day.”  (A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh) That “some day” has arrived for Lutheran Church of the Master as we welcome our new pastor,  David Elliott, his wife Becky and their son August.  Pastor Elliott’s first...

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Being A Bishop

Being A Bishop

On Saturday, October 19, the Rev. Yehiel Curry will be installed as Bishop of the Metro Chicago Synod by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. The installation service will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park. All...

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Love The World You Live In

Reflections from Pastor Steve Love the World You Live In You are stealing our future” Greta Thunberg is saying to anyone who will listen to her. She is the 16 year old Swedish environmentalist whose career began when her grade school teacher showed pictures of islands...

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Say “Thank You” to a Sunday School Teacher

Say “Thank You” to a Sunday School Teacher

Sunday School classes at LCM resume on September 8. On that day we will give thanks to God during a special rite for our teachers and ask God to bless them in their work. Sunday marks the 239th year of Sunday School classes, if we date our work to the modern Sunday...

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Environmental Stewardship: Our Faith Demands Us to Act

Environmental Stewardship: Our Faith Demands Us to Act

God asks, as quoted by a distraught Ezekiel, “Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet?”  (Ezekiel 34:18) The Amazon...

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The Work of the Government is Holy Work

The Work of the Government is Holy Work

The work of government is holy work, according to Martin Luther. In his explanation to the 4th Commandment, he writes we are to “neither despise nor anger …others in authority, but instead honor, serve, obey, love and respect them.” For 80 years, since 1939, ...

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The Death Penalty Debate

The Death Penalty Debate

The federal government reinstated the death penalty in 1988. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, 60 prisoners are currently on federal death row. Three individuals received the death penalty since its reintroduction in 1988. On July 25, 2019, the...

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The Minimum Wage Debate: What is Fair?

The Minimum Wage Debate: What is Fair?

The debate over raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour is intense. Seattle rose its minimum wage to $15 in 2017.  Los Angeles City Council approved a $15 minimum wage beginning in 2020. The minimum wage in Illinois will be $15 an hour by 2025. The non-partisan...

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