Sermon on the Mount

A Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Welcome to the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany Season A.   This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  The scripture readings for the day are Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18Psalm 119:33-401 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23  and Matthew 5:38-48

Enjoy the latest episode of Sacred Life with Pastor Joe McGarry.

2BP42: A Conversation with Dr. David Lose

Preaching in Difficult Times, United Theological Seminary and Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church

The 2 Bald Pastors sit down with The Rev. Dr. David Lose from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  They talk about many things including preaching during difficult times, The United Theological Seminary and Dr. Loses’ new call to Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church.  Dr. Lose shares about some of his ideas for upcoming book projects and how he is excited to learn more about the day to day work of a parish pastor.

We are so thankful to have this time with Dr. Lose and we hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did!

Salt and Light

Sermon for Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Welcome to the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Season A.   This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  The scripture readings for the day are Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)Psalm 112:1-9 (10)1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) and Matthew 5:13-20

Enjoy the latest episode of Sacred Life with Pastor Joe McGarry.

Homelessness in our Community

Gardner News Article for February 4, 2017

I went to seminary just outside of Philadelphia. It was great to be so close to a large city because there was always something for my family to do. We could walk to the train station, and within 15 minutes we could be most any place in the city.

On one of my frequent trips into the city I was running late and I arrived at the train stop with only about five minutes to catch the next train. I knew that if I was late it would be at least 30 minutes until the next train came.

I ran to the ticket counter and I stood in line. It went pretty quickly but as I got to the top of the steps to go to the platform I saw my train pull away.

To make the best of a bad situation I looked around for something to do, it was around lunch time so I made my way to a small pizza shop. As I walked there my eyes caught the glance of an older man who appeared to be homeless. I quickly looked away because I did not want him to think I was staring at him.

But while in line at the pizza shop he approached me and said “Excuse me sir.” I turned and saw a man who was most likely younger than he looked, who smelled like he has not showered in weeks and his cheeks were sunk in because he most likely has not eaten for a while.

“Yes?” I replied. “I was wondering if you could buy me a slice of pizza, I have not eaten for days.”

I looked at the cash I had in my hand and I looked in my wallet and at the menu. I realized I could buy a medium pizza so he could have plenty. I turned to him and I said “Only if I can join you for lunch.”

Surprised and excited he said “Yes.” I bought the pizza and we grabbed a table. He ate like he has not eaten in days and he did not talk much but he did answer a few of my questions. I found out his name was Derek and he lived his whole life in Philadelphia and he has been homeless for almost 10 years.

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