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.

Constitution Update

If you attended our Annual Congregational Meeting on November 11th, you might be asking yourself “what just happened?” regarding some of the votes we took relating to our church constitution and bylaws. Click on the following link as it is our hope to provide some clarification and insight on how we move forward. If you attended…

The Terrible Gift of Free Will

The problem of pain, of war and the horror of war, of poverty and disease is always confronting us.  But a God who allows no pain, no grief, also allows no choice.  There is little unfairness in a colony of ants, but there is also little freedom.  We human beings have been given the terrible…

Stewardship of Life

New Day Sermon Pentecost 25 A modest glitch in our recording software lost two minutes of the sermon introduction. The introduction simply set the table for why this pastor loves when the story of the Widow of Zarepheth shows up as one of the assigned lessons for a Sunday service in stewardship.  The sermon picks…

Pentecost 25 Sunday Preview

Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”  (Mark 12:43-44)  Widows are visible everywhere in today’s…

The Saints Who Walk Among Us

In biblical Greek the word that is most commonly translated as “saint” is hagios.  Note that the word hagios is actually an adjective, not a noun.  It is a word that describes.  Its best translation is “sacred” or “holy.” In the Bible it is often used to describe God’s word … as St. Paul does,…

Blessed is the True Judge

Baruch dayan ha’emet ברוך אתה ה’ אלוהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת It is the phrase that is spoken among Jews when a fellow Jewish person dies.  Translated it means “Blessed is the true judge.”  A fuller version of the phrase is “Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, dayan ha-emet” which means “Blessed are You, Lord,…

What if Luther Dropped in for a Visit

As Lutherans celebrate the 501st anniversary of what we consider the seminal moment of the Protestant Reformation, the question begs to be asked ….  Is this whole gig still relevant?  Are Lutherans still relevant?  Does the pulse still beat in whatever spirit it was that drove Martin Luther to nail almost one hundred statements of…

Tempered Strength

If I asked you to list ten words that describe you, would “meek” be on the list?  My guess is that it would not.  It probably would not make a list of one hundred words you would compile.  I’m not sure when I have last heard the word “meek” used in conversation.  But it has…

Much More Than a Club

New Day Sermon PEntecost 22 We snicker at James and John for wanting to sit to the right and left of Jesus’ in the Kingdom of God.  It seems immature and selfish … like children who form a secret club, so that they can exercise authority over others.  The community into which Jesus invites us…

A Different Kind of Witnessing

We meet in the slightly chill air of an overcast morning … twenty or twenty-five of us.  Most of us have come right from church service.  We stand on a brick walkway or in the mulch or atop a few cement steps.  Trees surround our gathering area, though not entirely.  Those who pass by on…