Funeral Sermon: The Tongue of a Teacher

A funeral sermon preached at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill for Pat Schroeder. Text for the day were Isaiah 50:4, 7-9a; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, 53-57; and John 11:21-27.

 As we head into Holy Week, it a fitting time to look at how even as we go the grave we make our song: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Announcing My New Call

Earlier this week, I sent a letter to the members of St. John Lutheran Church, announcing my new call as the Pastor of Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church. Portions of that letter follow: 

Dear family of St. John,

It is with a mix of joy and sadness that I write to share the news that I have accepted a call to serve as the Pastor Redeveloper of Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church in The Woodlands.

Megan and I have been praying about this decision and the future of St. John. This call is an exciting opportunity for our family and the right choice for our life together. As we look at the paths ahead of us as a family, it is the right time and opportunity for us to relocate. As a congregation in redevelopment, Spirit of Joy! is a great fit for my particular gifts and strengths in ministry. My last Sunday as the Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church will be May 4th, 2014.

In 2006, you took a chance on an untested Pastor straight out of seminary. In the eight years that followed we shared our lives with one another, and Prairie Hill became my home. We shared in joy – celebrating baptisms and confirmations, marriages and new jobs. We shared in sorrows – celebrating the lives of the saints at funerals, talking through the difficulties of life.

We have accomplished much over the last eight years. Together we have grown the ministry of St. John and seen glimpses of the Kingdom here. You have taught me much about the Gospel, the love of God, and what it means to be a community of faith. I could not have asked for a better first call experience than what I had at St. John. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

While I am not your pastor any longer, I am certainly your friend. I will continue to pray for you individually and as a congregation – and I hope that you will pray for me and my family and the ministry at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church.

With my deepest gratitude and love,

David Hansen

One Word: Many Messengers

In the beginning was the Word ... 

If you are involved in ministry, you are a communicator. Preaching sermons. Sharing news and events. Spreading the Good News. It's all communications. 

I am excited to share a wonderful opportunity with you, communicator! 

One Word: Many Messengers (21st Century Communications) is a week long comprehensive training program in church communications, offered as a part of the Disciple Project. 

I will be joined in this course by co-instructor  Pastor Joe Smith, as well as others who will be providing us with their expertise in workshops. Over the course of the week we will talk about communications strategy, print media, social media, email, and worship technology. 

We will have 17 contact hours over the course of the week - it is rare to find this sort of immersive learning opportunity! 

The Disciple Project is an intergenerational learning and leadership event that takes place June 23-27, 2014, on the campus of Texas Lutheran University. The registration fee of (only!) $395 includes room and board on campus for the week. More information and registration