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 Importance of Words

Words are important.  I’ll say it again … words … are …important.  In some ways, our culture tries to convince us otherwise.  We obsess over YouTube videos … we covet our Snapchat photos and Instagram posts … and we can’t wait to see what our celebrities are doing through Buzzfeed and TMZ pictures and postings. …

Life is Fragile

For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.  (1 Timothy 4:10) I was in the building one Saturday about a week and a half ago, checking on a few details for our Sages service.  As…

Rules, Rules, Rules

The following is a rough transcript of an interactive sermon offered this morning between the Pr. Craig and the congregation at traditional worship.  The sections in bold parentheses are congregation responses to questions or prompts to read that were posed to them. OK, tell the truth now … who here the game nazi in their…

Lord, to Whom Can We Go?

Their names were Carl & Alma Rasmussen.  They were Sages back in the 1980’s before we called our octogenarians by the title Sages. The Rasmussen’s were both well into their nineties, when I came to St. Peter’s as your assistant pastor in 1986.  Carl was the retired systematic theology professor of the former Gettysburg Seminary…

Treasure

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21) I came across it while digging for something else in my desk at home.  I was searching for a key that I thought was buried in a small container in the desk drawer which serves as a repository for all sorts of small trinkets. …

Those Among Whom We Walk Unseen

I saw him again this morning.  The man I think of as my occasional “elevator buddy.”  I don’t see him a lot … maybe every couple of months … always in the hospital … almost always in the elevator.  His accent suggests that he is African – but I can’t be sure … he is…

Places in the Heart

New Day Sermon Pentecost 12 As we enter our third week of lessons from the “Bread of Life” section of John’s Gospel, we focus on how Holy Communion connects us to the saints of every time and place … saints who have places in our hearts … and God’s heart. The YouTube video clip used…

Spiritual Road Kill … Rescued

There is a great difference between the skill and the grace of prayer.  The skill is but the outside, the shape, the carcass of our responsibility.  The grace is the soul and spirit that gives it life, vigor and efficacy, that renders it acceptable to God and of real advantage to ourselves.  The skill consists…

Who’s Baking the Bread?

So how do you answer the question?  Today’s Preaching Question from the study page … “Are You the Bread Winner?”  Nah … don’t bother answering … I already know the answer.  Because in one way or another, we all want to be the bread winners.  The ones who provide … the ones who create security…

Control … or Lack of It

I am not in control of my life. I know this already, of course.  I have been married for 38 years.  I promised to share control of my life with my beloved at the altar of Ascension Lutheran Church, Deer Park in August of 1980.  I am also a baptized child of God, who in…