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Author Bio

Patrick H. Shebeck

The Rev. Dr. Patrick H. Shebeck has served as the Senior Pastor at St. Paul-Reformation since 2014. He graduated from St. Olaf College with degrees in Liturgics and History, and received his MDiv. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), doing additional work at Trinity Seminary, Columbus Ohio, and Cambridge University in England. Pastor Shebeck completed his vicarage year in San Bernardino California, working and teaching in one of America’s poorest and most violent cities; he completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, working specifically in the areas of pastoral care to those suffering with mental illness. Pastor Shebeck holds the Doctor of Ministry degree in Liturgical Theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago where he studied under Ed Foley; his doctoral work (“Rite or Right? ‘Confirmation’ and the ‘Affirmation of Baptism’ in the Minneapolis Area Synod”) studied the liturgical aspects of the Lutheran Rite of Confirmation. Before being ordained, he served as a professional Church musician at Christ Church-Episcopal in Woodbury, and the Church of the Good Shepherd (Roman Catholic) in Golden Valley; he maintains active interest in the world of Church Music, and has served on the Liturgy Planning Team of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM). Prior to returning to the Twin Cities, Pr. Shebeck was the convener of the Synodical Liturgy Team for the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. He has been a contributing writer for Currents in Theology and Mission, the Augsburg Fortress E-newsletter and is a contributor to the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2021 editions of Sundays and Seasons and Sundaysandseasons.com. In the St. Paul Area Synod, Pr. Shebeck serves as Dean of the South-Central Conference and also as Synodical Ecumenical Officer. Pr. Shebeck was is a Fellow of the Collegeville Institute at St. John’s University. Starting in 2020, Pr. Shebeck will be a fellow of the John Templeton Foundation’s project on Science and Homiletics, and will serve on the Board of Directors of the ELCA Deaconess Community. Pastor Shebeck loves to cook and loves to travel. You can e-mail Pr. Shebeck at: pastorpatrick@stpaulref.org.

Homily Outlines

April 03, 2022
Lectionary 36: Isa 43:16-21 Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 Phil 3:8-14 John 8:1-11 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/040322-YearC.cfm   Possible preaching themes: Shame Reconciliation Memory   Scientific Resources Shame plays a prominent role in…
May 22, 2022
Lectionary 45: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 John 14:23-29   Possible preaching themes:   Light as communication of an event The longevity of the…
September 11, 2022
  Lectionary 132: Exod 32:7-11, 13-14 Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 1 Tim 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-32     Possible preaching themes The sense of direction and wayfinding; Parent-child genetic bond;…

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