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.

Looking for Crosses

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 3 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Corinthians 1:18) I spoke about the image of the “cross” with our kiddos today  in this morning’s children’s sermons.  We looked for crosses in the sanctuary,…

Is Hell for real?

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 2 The pit of torment shall appear, and opposite it shall be the place of rest; and the furnace of hell shall be disclosed, and opposite it the paradise of delight. (2 Esdras 7:36) Hell is real.  I visited there today.  It snuck up on me.  I spent much of the day working on some…

Harvest Hands

New Day Sermon Pentecost 2 Does the thought of serving overwhelm you?  Think of yourself as possessing “harvest hands” and work in God’s Kingdom, where there are as many places of need as there are different talents and passions

Pentecost 2 Sunday Preview

Jesus sends out the disciples as laborers into the harvest. In baptism we too are anointed for ministry, sharing God’s compassion with our needy world. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38) From the…

Climbing Out of the Pigpen

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY “I will get up and go to my father.”~~ Luke 15:18 (The Prodigal Son’s words from the pigpen.)  “Landing in a pigpen stinks.  But staying there is just plain stupid.  Don’t spend another minute in the pigpen.  It’s time to rise up”  ~~Max Lucado, Glory Days Do you ever struggle…

Holy Heresy Sunday

TRADITIONAL SERMON HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY Holy Trinity Sunday.  What I think of as “Holy Heresy Sunday.” Beause can’t talk about the Holy Trinity without committing heresy. We just aren’t built to think of something that is two things at one. And yes, I have heard the Wrigley Corp’s promise about their Doublemint Gum.  “Two mints,…

The Day of Pentecost Sunday Preview

On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites. When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and…

Choosing through the choices…

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL EASTER 7 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” (Romans 12:16) “What’s the best way to get to the Flower Wagon again?”, I asked. May is the month we plant flowers. Kris has certain likes and desire for…