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.

The Back Story on Cana

Wedding receptions can be interesting events.  The mixture of excitement … lots of young people … laughter and joy … all fueled by gallons of booze … can create all kinds of unusual experiences.  At my first call right out of seminary I had three weddings during my three year ministry at St. John’s.  What…

This Is My Body

I’m a bit mortified.  We’re taking communion out of Dixie cups.  Dixie cups with sea creatures on them, to boot.  (When I headed over to my morning home communion visit I forgot to refresh my stock of plastic communion cups in my communion kit.)  So … as take out the elements to prepare Holy Communion…

Jesus … the Movie

Baptism of our Lord Sunday is about identity … Jesus’ identity as Son of God … and our identity as children of God. Baptism is at the heart of both these identities. In Jesus’ day, that identity was shaped through sermons spoken from hillsides and sermons preached from boats. If Jesus’ came to our world…

We Three Kings

The Epiphany of our Lord festival lands on a Saturday only every five or six years.  We last celebrated it six years ago in 2013.  Although most of you do not wake up in the morning thinking about hymns … I sometimes do … Adam does too, I suspect … I am in good company. …

Millions of Stars

“He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.” (Psalm 147:4-5) Our thanks go out to Brendan Armitage for gifting us this beautiful reflection during the Advent-Christmas season. “Good evening from the North Atlantic; I’m not much for…

The Baptist and Barrington

(This morning’s sermon is comprised of a story by Martin Bell, entitled “Barrington Bunny” from his book The Way of the Wolf, with commentary offered by the preacher at various intervals in the story.) Once upon a time in a large forest there lived a very furry bunny. He had one lop ear, a tiny…

Advent 3 Worship Preview

John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16)  The presence of the Lord “in your midst” in the…

Faith as a Broken Box

The picture heading this devotion is not awaiting our trash pick-up this morning as you read this devotion.  No, it is actually an important protective spirit in my household.  It is the box which has housed the Christmas wreath that has hung above the front door to our home since we moved into it in…

For Being Good

New Day Sermon advent 1 With a story by Cynthia Rylant entitled “For Being Good”, as the foundation of the sermon, we explore our relationships and how Jesus always invites us to strive for greater depth and connection with those we love.