Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve

Joyfully proclaim the Good News of Jesus!

A reading that is often read on Christmas day is from the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 1-14. We hear these words: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him […]

We are Grateful

The season of Advent will soon be upon us. It is a time we set aside for contemplation, reflection and preparation for the arrival of the baby Jesus. Of course, it is not lost upon me that there is so much more to do at this time of year.  There are presents to buy, decorations […]

Good News: We find Peace in Christ

Although some folks might desire otherwise, Jesus never promises his disciples that they will achieve power, fame, or riches. That is true today as it was some 2000 years ago. Yes, the original twelve disciples could have lived out their lives in the comfort of their homes with their families, but for Jesus’ sake, the […]

Some Good News

Good news! September is upon us. It is a time of new beginning for we who are gathered as Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church.  At this time of “beginning” I often reflect on what I am looking for in life.  How about you?  What are we truly searching for?  What do we truly thirst […]

Prayer

Shepherd of the Mountains is a wonderfully faithful congregation.  We are people who strive to do our best for we understand that we can always continue to grow in faith as well as our participation in Christ’s ministry.  We pray that we might find ways to improve as well as letting “our light shine so […]

We Welcome

I suspect many of us have ancestors who were warmly welcomed into these United States as immigrants, as “strangers,” from foreign lands. And as Christians, as Lutherans, we continue a tradition of welcoming strangers among us. We also have a tradition of showing generous hospitality to political and economic refugees.  We continue a tradition found […]

Gathered in the Mountains for Good

God calls us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to God’s purpose. Yes, God has dream, a vision, for our lives. In the Bible we hear about visions. Ananias had a vision that Saul, later known as Paul, even though a persecutor of Christians, had been called to serve Christ. […]

Pausing to Focus

Like good stewards of the manifold of grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.  Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God, whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through […]

Come and Be Fed by Our Lord

It has been the practice at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church that each Sunday we receive Holy Communion. In this sacrament we receive forgiveness for our sins and are assured of salvation. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we join with all people of God sharing our celebrations and our burdens. As we […]

We are Easter People

Coming soon, in just a few weeks, we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This coming Easter Sunday we will once again joyfully proclaim the Good News! We celebrate the Good News because we are Christians. Still, you and I know that in this country, even in our local communities, […]