Christmas and COVID

In 1872, John Baptiste Calkin put to music a poem penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas Day 1864 but not before deleting two stanzas most reflecting Longfellow’s deep despair. Personal tragedies and the Civil War had invaded Longfellow’s household prior to that Christmas Day.   Then from each black accursed mouth, the cannon thundered… Read More ›

Citizens of God’s Kingdom

It’s so easy to be critical of the Israelites of Jesus’ day. Their wicked King Herod tried to kill Jesus as a toddler, and their religious leaders opposed Him throughout His ministry. The people wanted Jesus to fill their bellies, and when He told them that wasn’t His purpose for being there, they walked away… Read More ›

Hallowed Be Thy Name

I am 36 and am finally going through confirmation! Having grown up in a Baptist/non-denomination church, I had never gone through the confirmation program. Who would have thought I would be going through confirmation with my oldest son! It is a joy and privilege to see the basic doctrines of the church being taught to… Read More ›

Reflections From an Empty Church

May 2020 Newsletter Article   Oftentimes, I write these newsletter articles with an eye to upcoming events. This month, I’ve decided to “turn around” and reflect on the last month at St. Paul’s. I’m doing this for two reasons. First, it’s hard to know what the month of May will look like. I’m hoping still… Read More ›

Some Thoughts on Coronavirus

Dear Church Family, While we have heard much about the Coronavirus for a number of weeks now, the last few days have brought a seemingly endless stream of breaking news regarding the pandemic. These headlines are starting to hit close to home, and decisions are being made that affect our schedules and routines. Justified or… Read More ›

Times of Refreshing

This past weekend, weather was another wonderful blessing sent from the Lord. Saturday’s daytime high of above freezing, with very little wind and pure sunshine was a welcome sign of hope. True, a couple of days with temperatures above freezing do not mean spring is here, but they do impart a comforting hope that the… Read More ›

Enduring Love

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 As you know, we celebrate love in a few weeks on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the origin of the holiday. It has been associated with a few… Read More ›

Redeemed as a Congregation

As part of my devotions, I’m currently reading a book entitled “The Heritage of Faith,” which is a collection of brief writings of Georg Sverdrup. Sverdrup is recognized as one of the architects of Free Lutheranism in America. There is a section in the book that deals with the congregation specifically: its nature, work, relationship… Read More ›

Ripe for Harvest

This harvest has been one of the most difficult in recent times for farmers. Harvest concerns can be seen on their faces and heard in their voices. Only last Friday, a retired farmer from the Mayville area pined that his son had yet to combine the first acre of soybeans or corn. Some of the… Read More ›