AuthorRev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor
Rev. Craig Ross

I have always appreciated the positive perspective on life and faith that is here… the broad range of life/social/political perspectives in our congregation… and the staff with whom I am blessed to work.

In God we Trust

traditional sermon pentecost 20 It is a question you have heard, no doubt, and maybe even spoken it yourself.  Usually it is voiced when you find yourself in a crowded and somewhat chaotic location – an amusement park … a busy playground … a toy store two weeks before Christmas.  You see a child wandering…

Pentecost 20 Worship Preview

Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”            (Matthew 22:20-21) In today’s first reading God uses the Gentile ruler…

By Water and the Word

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL WEEK OF Pentecost 19 What does such baptizing with water signify?  It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and…

Law and Gospel in Our World

traditional sermon pentecost 19 I can be a bit judgmental.  Some of you here will not believe that because you think I am nice.  Some here (who will remain nameless) … who know better … some who work with me … they know better.  They have heard me judge everyone and everything from the people…

Out of the Depths

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL WEEK OF Pentecost 17 Out of the depths I cry to you; O Lord God, hear me calling.  Incline your ear to my distress in spite of my rebelling.  Do not regard my sinful deeds.  Send me the grace my spirit needs; without it I am nothing.  (ELW Hymn 600) Like you, I find myself conflicted.  I am admittedly…

Do You Walk the Walk?

New Day Sermon Pentecost 17 Are you disappointed in others when they don’t follow through on what they said they would do?  Do you ever do the same?  Tune in for a consideration on how Jesus responds as our Savior, to shame and disappointment.

The Blessing of Spiders

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Pentecost 16 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.            (Psalm 25:10) The Spider‘s Web The spider dropping down from a twig Unfolds a plan of her devising A thin premeditated rig To use in rising.…

Remembering ….

NOTE — please be aware that starting next week (on September 27th), this weekly devotion will start posting on Wednesday mornings.  As we strive to find the right posting balance between the variety of weekly events that air on our website, it seems to make the most sense for us to move the “airing” of…

Yet Another Guest at Our Table

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Pentecost 13 (Our thanks to our guest devotionerr, Mary Ann Frontz) When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. (Luke 24:30) Two weekend’s ago in the email devotion, Pastor Ross shared a poem “Perhaps the World Ends Here” written by Joy Harjo.  This…