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.

ash in the shape of a cross on a woman's forehead
Ash Wednesday

We start our journey through lent with Ash Wednesday worship this week on March 6 at 7:00am and 7:00pm. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19 Come to…

On the Mountaintop

New Day Sermon Transfiguration Sunday Mountaintops are magnificent places to be … just ask Peter, James and John, who were present at Jesus’ transfiguration. But eventually we have to come down from the mountaintop and serve as God’s people where they are. It is where God needs us … and where we need to be…

Receiving Mercy

OK, so who remembers hearing this phrase (or some form of it) … when you were a kid growing up as a kid.  “Treat others the way you want them to treat you.”  Go ahead, raise your hands … if you have heard this phrase or some variant of it growing up.  Yuppers.  Me, too. …

A Sanctuary of Flesh and Blood

“Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, Pure and holy, tried and true,With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, Sanctuary for You.”   —-“Sanctuary”, by Randy Scruggs & John Thompson It is one of the most basic and common gestures … especially in church.  And act of humility … an act of forgiveness … and act of…

A Vision of Morning

We thank Brendan Armitage for serving as our guest devotioneer for this week’s devotional reflection. He was recently traveling by plane, and had this experience. “People look East and sing today.  The Lord of life is on His way…” One of the distressing things about flying East (and overnight), is that only a few short…

Repentance Made Visible

“It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.”  Pass It On, Kurt Kaiser, composer It is late in the evening, minutes shy of midnight, and two dozen of us are gathered in front of the old stone fireplace.  We hear some words of Scripture and offer up some prayers to God … we…

God’s Humble Pie

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14, NRSV) A couple of weeks ago I was visiting one of our homebound members in a nursing facility that is not very high on my list of “good” homes.”  We have had members who have been residents there for…

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…