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A Caring Call of Concern – Not Condemnation

A Caring Call of Concern – Not Condemnation

“Pastor, I haven’t seen ‘So-And-So’ in worship for quite a few weeks now. Do you know if everything is okay with him/her/them?” I can’t tell you how many times I have parishioners ask me this question about someone they regularly see in worship, share the Peace, and...
Grateful for What We Get to Do

Grateful for What We Get to Do

By Pastor Wayne Zschech December is a busy month. We seem to say, “I have to…” a lot in conversations. Instead of a joy, the holidays can feel more of a burden. In case that is where you are this December let me share a different perspective; being grateful for what...
“Time to Widen the Tent”

“Time to Widen the Tent”

In Isaiah 54:2 the prophet proclaims, “Enlarge the site of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” In other words, “be prepared for growth!” Be prepared for more people in...
“What Is Truth?”

“What Is Truth?”

By Pastor Wayne Zschech What is truth? It’s a different question than, “What is the truth?” We seem to be asking the latter a lot these days. We watch news shows, read the newspaper, or listen to news radio all with the intent of finding out “the” truth of what is...
Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

At the February “Conversations with the Bishop” event Bishop Tracie Bartholomew shared some startling and somewhat disheartening news with respect to church vitality in the New Jersey Synod. Of the 166 congregations in the synod two-thirds reported last year an...