Ocean Springs, Mississippi

A Pastoral Message from Pastor Cuttino

Hi friends, Pastor Cuttino here and I want to talk with you a little bit more about what is going on in our country right now and what our role as Christians, as Lutherans, as members of Christus Victor, is in all of this. Now, in my sermon last week, I talked about how all the demonstrations and uprisings that we are…

Thomas the Resilient

Sermon on John 20:19-31 Well, here we are. Again. One more week down. Is it just me, or are the days running together? I wouldn’t blame you if you thought that we’re trapped in some time warp where every day, Monday through Sunday is just “day.” It’s like we can’t quite imagine life before Coronavirus,…

Easter Is Not Canceled

Sermon on Matthew 28:1-10 Is Easter canceled this year?  You know, there’s been a lot of consternation around what we were going to do on April 12. For over a month now (yes, it’s been that long, already!), we’ve been obsessing over dates. When is this going to be over? When can we reopen? We’ve…

Hosanna! Lord, Save Us!

Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 (Palm/Passion Sunday) I think one of the many lessons I’m learning during this whole time of isolation and quarantine is that things never really go the way we expect them to go.  Right now, whenever I look at the news, it seems that things keep getting worse and worse. It started as…

Lazarus, Come Out!

Sermon on John 11:1-45 Lord, if you had been there, my brother would not have died. That’s a refrain that we hear not once but twice in this story, from both Mary and Martha. It’s a cry of pain, of mourning, regret, frustration, anger. It may or may not be true—we just don’t know. But…

We’ve Been Here Before

Sermon on John 9:1-7 A friend of mine is a pastor at a Lutheran church in South Carolina. This week, shared on Facebook that while he was biding his time in the office social distancing, he looked through the church’s records. He went back to 1918 when that congregation was just eight years old and…

All Shall Be Well

Sermon on John 4:5-42 It is noon, midday, and there is a woman alone in the middle of town, getting water from the well. What was she doing there? Why was she alone? At the risk of sounding a little glib, she was social distancing…but not by choice. You see in her society she was quite…

Planting Fig Trees

In the house that I owned in North Carolina, we had this giant fig tree. I’m not going to lie to you, it may have been the one thing that sold us on the house. I love fresh figs, so this opportunity to get it whenever I want it—that was an offer I couldn’t refuse.…

First Impressions

Sermon on Luke 4:14-21 It’s important to make a good first impression, right? So they say you’ve got about seven seconds to make a good mark. Seven seconds and these assumptions about a person begin to sink in. And, you know, it may be even less than that now. You see, talk to anybody who’s…

The Really Good Stuff

Sermon on John 2:1-11 So, it’s a little fitting that we hear this story of the wedding at Cana because this weekend, Jessica and I marked our tenth wedding anniversary. Ten years. And I though a lot about what we were doing on those weeks and days leading up to the big day. We were…