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 Baptist and Barrington

(This morning’s sermon is comprised of a story by Martin Bell, entitled “Barrington Bunny” from his book The Way of the Wolf, with commentary offered by the preacher at various intervals in the story.) Once upon a time in a large forest there lived a very furry bunny. He had one lop ear, a tiny…

Advent 3 Worship Preview

John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16)  The presence of the Lord “in your midst” in the…

Faith as a Broken Box

The picture heading this devotion is not awaiting our trash pick-up this morning as you read this devotion.  No, it is actually an important protective spirit in my household.  It is the box which has housed the Christmas wreath that has hung above the front door to our home since we moved into it in…

For Being Good

New Day Sermon advent 1 With a story by Cynthia Rylant entitled “For Being Good”, as the foundation of the sermon, we explore our relationships and how Jesus always invites us to strive for greater depth and connection with those we love.

Faith Rituals in a Secular World

Everyone is decked out in their uniforms for their morning responsibilities.  They gather in a circle and create a bit of sanctuary amid the chaos that surrounds them … laughter, movement, local urchins running around, and beverages being consumed.  Their leader offers up ritual words for the task before them, invoking God’s blessing on their…

Snowmen of Grace

I’m a little cranky.  I know, you can’t believe it, can you?  (Evidently, you don’t spend enough time with me away from church.)  On this particular day that I am referencing, I’m cranky because while I love to shovel snow, what I love about it is seeing the results of my labor. On this day…

Community Thanksgiving Eve Service

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lancaster invites the community to a Manheim Township Community Thanksgiving Eve Service on November 21 at 7:00pm. Several pastors and church leaders from the community will be co-leading a service of thanksgiving, prayer, and giving. As part of giving thanks, we will be collecting canned goods which will be…

Constitution Update

If you attended our Annual Congregational Meeting on November 11, you might be asking yourself “what just happened?” regarding some of the votes we took relating to our church constitution and bylaws. There was some confusion during the meeting, and upon reflection, procedural error occurred during the meeting. One of the lessons your rostered leaders…