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.

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…

Heaven on Earth

It was not heaven, but it felt pretty close to me.  I fell asleep in one room (Operating Room) and woke up in different place (Recovery Room).   I woke up pain free … I experienced a sense of excitement as I tried to process what was going on around me … and I felt like…

Mary Magdalene, Apostle

New Day Sermon Mary Magdalene We can easily miss Mary Magdalene in our biblical narrative, since she is primarily a presence in the crucifixion and resurrection stories.  But oh, what a strong, witnessing presence she is when she shows up.