Pastor’s Blog

Pastor Dana O’Brien

Once a month, Pastor Dana writes a column for the Homer Horizon. On this page, we share those columns along with other messages from Dana.

Recent Columns and Messages:

  • Thoughts and Prayers . . . and Action - As I was preparing for our Ash Wednesday service last week, I heard the news of yet another tragic massacre at a high school in Parkland Florida – this time, it was a former student who fired his AR-15 rifle, killing at least 17 students and staff. And as the horrific news spread, countless people …
  • God Still Calls Us to be Welcoming - “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2 Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote an article for this paper about the importance of Christians welcoming others as God first welcomes us. That article was written in response to our Administration’s actions …
  • Generosity as a Christian Lifestyle - Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” During the month of November, we’ll be talking about how we can make a life by giving generously. We’ll look at what generosity means and how it’s an essential part of being a disciple …
  • Lent Is Here - Traditionally, the 40-day season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, was seen as a time of penitence and preparation. In ancient Israel, ashes were often used to symbolize the pervasiveness of sin and the inevitability of death. Many Christians have adopted this symbol — both to reflect our own mortality and to serve as a …
  • THANK YOU ALL!!! - Thanks so much to all of you for the wonderful installation service on January 22. The music was terrific, the food was great, and the beach balls were just the perfect touch. Thank you also for the donations on my behalf to the Lockport Resource Center, SOS and the FISH Food Pantry. I am humbled …
  • You All Made A Difference This Christmas - You All Made a Difference this Christmas If you’re anything like me, you were pretty tired this last week. The holidays take a lot out of you. (I made it through my first Christmas at Cross of Glory primarily on adrenaline — and a lot of grace. I didn’t actually realize how tired I was …

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