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Anna Tew

Anna Tew

Anna Tew is a Lutheran pastor serving Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in South Hadley, Massachusetts. A product of several places, she was born and raised in rural south Alabama, lived most of her adult life to date in Atlanta, and has called New England home for the past four years. Anna graduated from the Candler School of Theology in 2011, and since then she has served in both parish ministry and hospital chaplaincy. In her spare time, Anna enjoys keeping up with politics and pop culture (especially music), hiking, running, and CrossFit. 

Sermons and Bible Studies

Sound the Alarm, Ash Wednesday – March 2, 2022

March 02, 2022

[RCL] Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103 or 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain.” There are moments for all of us when our lives change forever: When someone is born or when someone dies, or when you get injured or have a […]

The Season, 1 Christmas – December 26, 2021

December 26, 2021

[RCL] Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 147 or 147:13-21; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18 “’Tis the season to be jolly!” we sing at parties and at church events. Then, on Christmas, we read: “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, […]

After This, Ascension Day – 2021

May 13, 2021

RCL: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 “Who are we going to be after this?” Let us imagine the disciples, gazing up into heaven, witnessing yet another miracle, and wondering that exact thing — the same thing that we now wonder about the end of the pandemic. They, like we, […]

It’s Holy Week. So What?, Palm Sunday (B) – 2021

March 28, 2021

RCL:  Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47or Mark 15:1-39, [40-47] With so much going on in the world, it may seem almost silly to insist on giving so much time and energy to the religious observance of Holy Week. This is especially true when one considers that so many people around us may […]

Totality, Pentecost 12 (A) – August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020

[RCL]: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Fun fact: before there was coronavirus, the last time “corona” was in the news was during the solar eclipse of 2017. Back then, it didn’t refer to a virus, but to the dazzling light of the sun’s plasma or “atmosphere” that is usually invisible to us, […]

Split Screen, Easter 7 (A) – May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020

[RCL]: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11 “And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” […]

The Word Became Flesh, Christmas Day (III) – 2019

December 25, 2019

“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard      Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on…           Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss, Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve;      She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,           For […]

Protesters, Palm Sunday (C) – 2019

April 15, 2019

What comes to mind when you think of the word “protester”? Regardless of what you may initially picture, there are many types of protesters, of course. There are antiwar protesters, Tea Party protesters, protesters for common-sense gun legislation and gun rights protesters. There are protesters for liberal causes and conservative causes and everything in between. […]

Jesus, Daniel, and Johnny, Lent 1 (C) – 2019

March 10, 2019

Humanity vs. the Devil. It’s a tale as old as time. You might know one such story that starts like this: “It’s a story they tell in the border country, where Massachusetts joins Vermont and New Hampshire.         “Yes, Dan’l Webster’s dead—or, at least, they buried him. But every time there’s a thunderstorm around Marshfield, [Massachusetts,] […]

A Song of Hope, Advent 4 (C) – 2018

December 24, 2018

Liturgical seasons are worthwhile because they reflect the rhythm of life itself. Advent reflects seasons of our lives that are filled with hope and anticipation. We often associate these with happy times: waiting for a wedding, waiting for a baby to be born, or waiting for the arrival of a loved one who has been […]

To the End, Maundy Thursday – 2018

March 29, 2018

“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Jesus’ time is running short. We are not strangers to the idea of a person’s last days of life. Because we know that we will all die, we often find ways to think about both our own last days and […]

Keep Awake!, Advent 1 (B) – 2017

December 03, 2017

“Keep awake!” Have you ever stayed up all night? Christ calls to his disciples and the whole Church to “keep awake,” to keep alert. This idea of keeping awake is at the heart of Advent, a time of waiting and watching, but it also calls to mind a very human thing: to stay awake when […]

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