Author Archives: Bishop Sid

Being Human

We approach the season in which faith communities set out to remember something that we human beings usually try very hard to forget. We will gather on Ash Wednesday, kneel at the altar rail and willingly experience the imposition of ashes on our foreheads with these words also imposed: “Remember that thou art dust and to dust you shall return.” Who wants to remember that? We would rather work, play, buy things (buy lots of things) rather than face “that one.” But there we are, Continue reading →

Synod Council Mid-term Teleconference

The Saskatchewan Synod Council met by conference call on January 29th. Bishop Sid presented his report highlighting the work of the Synod since the council last met in October. Preliminary information regarding the finances in 2014 was given. Two appointments were made: Rev. Stewart Miller was named mid term appointment to the LTS Board and Bert Ottenson was appointed to the Compensation Committee. The Synod Council’s next meeting will be held Mar. 26th through 28th at Queen’s House in Saskatoon.

The Gospel according to you?

He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. Mark 1.31 During a study group on the Four Gospels a few years ago, we asked one question of each other: If the Gospel according to Matthew looks like this; the Gospel according to Luke looks like this; the Gospel according to Mark looks like this and the Gospel according to John looks like this: what does the Gospel look like to Continue reading →

Does being angry make you well?

So the lectionary this week give us the beginning of the story of a prophet Jonah this week. It’s a story that often gets lost in heated debates about the possibility of a fish swallowing a man, or on the true history of Assyria. But listen to the story again, listen to what it might mean for people who would be people of faith. Jonah, the prophet, the professional religionist, the person who had dedicated his life to follow the call of God, hears the Continue reading →

Saskatoon: Lutheran Theological Seminary President resigns

This announcement comes from Gerry Saleski, Chair of Lutheran Theological Seminary (Saskatoon) Board of Governors On behalf of the LTS Board of Governors I would like to advise that Rev. Dr. Kevin Ogilvie, President of LTS, has resigned effective June 30, 2015. The Board wishes to thank President Ogilvie for his dedication and commitment to the Seminary, particularly his leadership in fulfilling the Seminary’s mission. The Board of Governors will be announcing a replacement at a later date.      

A humble invitation

One of the most profound narratives about how people find themselves as part of a faith community is painted so beautifully in the Gospel according to John. This gospel that does not begin with Jesus born in a stable in Bethlehem (Lk) does not begin with a visitation by wise-men to Bethlehem the birthplace of King David (Mt); begins rather with mist and fog covering a dark stage and these words coming out of the darkness, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word Continue reading →

New Appointment for Bishop (Ret.) Cindy Halmarson

December 17, 2014 Rev Cindy Halmarson, the former bishop of Saskatchewan Synod, has accepted a position in the Global Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Her new position as Area Program Director for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (Europe/MENA), based at the Lutheran Center in Chicago, will involve building and maintaining relationships with partner churches in order to strengthen Christ’s mission in the world. Mission accompaniment is focused on churches in Central Eastern Europe, including Siberia, and the Evangelical Continue reading →

A Christmas Story

I’ll be signing off the blog for a Christmas break. I would leave you imagining anew, a story for the ages. . . In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. The Empire decreed that everyone was to return to the town of their birth to be enrolled. So it was that Joseph and Mary were on the road that Christmas time. Joe drove down the road in Joe’s rusty Ford pickup, “Joe’s Fix-it” hand painted Continue reading →

Jesus in Blue Jeans

As I serve in the church of the 21st century, I have a special place in my heart for the Gospel according to Mark, the Gospel that is at the center of our vision this next Lectionary year. We live in a church with the walls “painted” by the telling, year after year, in word, in song, in fabric art—of the gospel of Jesus. Imagine along one wall of the church Matthew’s picture of a rabbinic Jesus who came to “build a church” to form Continue reading →

On the launch of the website

About the Website: Finally the website is up! The majority of the site came together quickly, the last 25 percent took longer than I had expected. A few notes about the site Design: We have set out to design the site to be “public facing” so that someone wanting to find something out about our faith community might find something here. We have also set out to design the site to give ready access internally to faith communities and faith community leaders seeking information, forms Continue reading →