Author Archives: Stephen Rogalski

August 2017

Dear friends in Christ, In the Eucharistic prayer we are using this season in worship, I continue to be struck most by the line “Loving each body as God’s own, [Jesus] teaches us to walk in the way of compassion.” We so often fail to treat bodies – our own and others’ – with the […]

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July 2017

Pastor’s Letter for July Dear friends in Christ, In a week in which we celebrate a national holiday I am hearing again discussion about the role of the church and the role of the individual Christian in relationship to the nation and patriotism. One extreme is utter devotion to the state: the individual that confuses […]

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June 2017

Dear friends in Christ, In some ways this month’s letter is a follow-up to previous letters that touched on the increasingly global dimensions of the Lutheran church as well as the ongoing refugee and immigration crisis. It’s also an introduction to what we’ll be singing in worship this Sunday and for several weeks to come. […]

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May 2017

Dear friends in Christ, As we get farther into 2017, there is increasing discussion in the church world about the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which we will mark on October 31, 2017. To really delve into some of the history and ongoing conversation, you’re invited to Adult Forum on Sunday, May 21. But I’d […]

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April 2017

  Pastor’s Letter for April Dear friends in Christ, In recent months, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been addressing the related though distinct issues of refugees and migrants. This two-pronged issue was the focus of the annual ELCA Advocacy Convening in which bishops, other clergy, and ELCA members met in Washington, DC, for […]

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March 2017: Lent

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, As the weather seems to be hinting at spring, we begin next week our observance of Lent together. Lent is always a rich season: a time of preparation and reflection, an opportunity to come to terms with the wilderness in our lives, a time to remember God’s baptismal promise […]

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