Announcing My New Call

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I am excited to announce my new call to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Kensington, CT.  Below is the letter I sent to the people of Faith Lutheran Church Gardner, MA.  My last Sunday at Faith will be on June 24th.  I am thankful and grateful for the support I have received from the […]

Waiting

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Welcome to Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. The scripture readings for the day are Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Matthew 25:1-13. [youtube id=”Tpy1e-N4Z-M”]

No-Shave November

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In November of 2013 I participated for the first time in No-Shave November. This is a month-long journey during which participants put aside shaving in order to raise awareness in cancer issues especially men’s hea­lth. I was inspired by a friends story of cancer. It was a story of courage and determination. It was a […]

Do Not Be Afraid

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Welcome to the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost year A.   This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  The scripture readings for the day are 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Psalm 86:8-10 and Acts 17:16-34. [youtube id=”cZW12x6hWhE”]

Easter Prayer Vigil

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This year during Holy Week I talked about how our bodies are connected with our spirituality.  Thursday I talked about our feet as we read the account of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and how when we let Jesus wash our feet we then and let Jesus into our whole lives.   Friday […]

What is Holy Week?

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What is Holy Week?  In most churches throughout the world the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday is called Holy Week.  Why do we call this week Holy?  I sometimes wonder because the events of the week lead up to Jesus’ death on a cross. It is a week filled with betrayal and desertion, […]

You are Enough

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Welcome to the Third Sunday of Lent Year A.   This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  The scripture readings for the day are Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95,  Romans 5:1-11  and John 4:5-42 [youtube id=”TiWwi3nh6Dc”]

God Loves You Like it or Not

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We recently read John 3: 16 in worship.  When you think about John 3: 16 what comes to your mind?  Maybe you think of the guy in the rainbow-colored wig sitting between the uprights holding the sign painted with the world’s most famous verse. But when I think of John 3:16, I think of six […]

Born Again

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Welcome to the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany Season A.   This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  The scripture readings for the day are Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 Enjoy the latest episode of Sacred Life with Pastor Joe McGarry. [youtube id=”XCmly56csIE”]

The Joy of Rotary

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Three years ago when I moved to Gardner I knew I wanted to get involved with the community.  Moving here from a small town in New York I was aware of the importance of not only getting to know the people in my congregation but also the movers and shakers in the community.  One day […]