Pastor Blog

New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

"New year, new me!" We all look ahead to, are deserving of, a clean slate. The beginning of the new year seems to provide a logical opportunity for this, hence "New Year's Resolutions". It's that great chance to put tons of undue pressure on myself to do something that I've put off for too long...

Getting Ready

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

As a Pastor this is the time of the year where I realize I'm not ready. Even with the successful Children's Christmas Program in the rear-view mirror , not ready for Christmas Eve/Day in a week. We've got cardboard animals still lingering in the sanctuary like the Cantina on Mos Eisley. The...

A "Fool Proof" Way

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

"A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way...no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray."  -Isaiah 35:5 https://youtu.be/DOW_kPzY_JY?t=28 As we wander through Advent, seeking God in our lives, I love the idea that not even a fool can go astray from God's Way. When I...

A Picture of the Church

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This last Sunday we spent the day extending welcomes. We welcomed Deacon Christine Yucha into our community (formally) as she was installed. The installer, Bishop Yehiel Curry, was our guest as we welcomed him to share the Gospel in preaching and conversations. This selfie is my favorite...

Alleluia! He is Risen!

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

     Alleluia! He is Risen!      He has risen indeed! Alleluia!      Easter, in my humble opinion, is the most significant moment of our entire church calendar.  Generally Easter Sunday is our most well attended Sunday...

The Mystery of Easter Transforms

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

     I love a good mystery. I grew up in a house where missing a day from school meant a Columbo marathon on the couch with mom.       From that came the obsession over the forensic sciences and “true-crime TV.” Mystery can also find its home...

Explore the Depth of Love

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

     It’s odd to even say it, but Lent may be one of my       favorite seasons of the church year.      No, it’s not a wardrobe-related love (although sporting purple shoes and ashes does seem to be a trend just...

Hear the Good News Again

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

     There comes a point every winter where I think to myself, “Enough is enough!” I reached that point this last week.      I reached that point this last week. The wonderment of the season’s first snowflakes has long since disappeared as we...

Still Reforming

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

     Get ready for the 501st Anniversary of Martin Luther and the reformers of the church. On the surface it seems like a ho hum celebration compared to the pomp and circumstance of the 500th Anniversary last fall.      From special liturgies and logos to...