Thank You!

Thank you! Your financial gifts make a difference! While our financial team is still working out all the details, I am grateful to report that our total income for 2017 was right on target to projection. Thank you! Thanks to our council for their fiscal management, strategic leadership and planning. Thanks to our staff for […]

Partnership with Calvary Lutheran in Edina

As a family of faith we are on the move. We’ve made friends with many of our community partners; the schools, the city, other non-profits, and even businesses. We’re experiencing the joy and hope of new families, young children and babies. I hope you saw our kids in action for their Charlie Brown Christmas Sermon […]

A Very Lutheran Lent

I’’m looking forward to Lent this year. We’re going to have a “very Lutheran Lent” starting in February. If in the past we’ve suggested the Jesuit Examen as a daily prayer and spiritual practice, this year we’re encouraging folks to use Luther’s Small Catechism as their daily prayer and devotional practice. During Lent we will […]

Too Pretty

“Among the downtrodden people she was one of the lowliest, not a maid of high station in the capital city, but a daughter of a plain man in a small town. We may infer that she was of no account because she herself said in her song, “He hath regarded the low estate of his […]

A Good and Godly Spirit

I believe there is a good and Godly Spirit present here. I feel it on Sunday morning when people greet one another with warm embraces and wide smiles. I hear it in the laughter of our children as they slide out of their pews during worship for kid’s time. I see it on days like […]

Serve and Obey

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth… What is this? Or What does this mean?” Hopefully these words are somewhat familiar. The first half of the phrase is the first article of the Apostles’ Creed. The second half is Martin Luther’s question for each part of his confession (explanation) of […]


As families we are heirs of the lives of those who have gone before us. This is true for our individual families, as well as our families of faith. It has certainly been true lately at Shepherd. A few weeks ago Brian, our Elementary Age Ministry Coordinator was able to more fully live into the […]

The Gift of the Reformation

On Tuesday afternoon I was back at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey for my 20th class reunion. It was humbling and wonderful to be back on campus. The topic of the panel discussion on Tuesday was the 500th anniversary of the reformation being celebrated around the world this year in October. The best […]

Engagement Appeal

May 8, 2017 Dear Friends at SOTH: Our church council is launching a new strategic planning process we are calling an “Engagement Appeal.” The goal of our appeal is to create a connected family of faith through listening sessions that will culminate in a new strategic plan with broad-based input and support. You and your […]

Seeing Faith through New Eyes

This past Lent we took a decidedly different approach to Wednesday evening worship services. We invited guest speakers to join us asking them to reflect on our Christian faith through the lens of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We heard from two Luther Seminary professors, the Program Director of Refugee Services at Lutheran Social Services, […]