Author Archives: Rev. Samuel Schaal

Welcome, Sojourner!

Transitional Thoughts
Welcome, Sojourner!

It is the season of homecoming at church. Worship attendance and program participation increases as we gather again in fuller force.

Maybe this isn’t the only homecoming going on.

As a transitional minister serving congregations during shorter pastorates, I have the luxury of experiencing different … read more.

Hospitality as Spiritual Practice

In August, churches see an increase in visitors, as families begin settling into fall activities so this month is an opportunity to be especially welcoming. Though our greeters have the specific task on Sunday morning to welcome folks—all of us need to be welcoming.

Do we … read more.

Life on the Horizontal and Vertical

Why do we come to church?  Why do others seek us out?  There are many answers to those questions. I suggest two, for now.

First, for fellowship. People come here looking for authentic human connection. We come here to be with friends and family, and often … read more.

Having a Blue Christmas?

If truth be told, many of us besides Elvis want to sing “Blue Christmas” during the holidays. The season is “supposed to be” festive and fun as family and friends gather for (too much) food and (too many) gifts. The reality is different.

Many of us … read more.