A Strand of Tender Love

• November 19th, 2017

Matthew 26:31-46

"Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead".  How do God's judgment and God's love connect?  What do they mean for our experience today?  

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An Open Door?

• November 12th, 2017

Matthew 25:1-13

The bridegroom closes the door.  "Lord, Lord, open to us" cry the bridesmaids, but their appeal is rebuffed: "I do not know you".  Is this text as hopeless as it seems or is their, somewhere, an open door to be found? 

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we join them, giving thanks for saints

• November 5th, 2017

On this Sunday of All Saints, the community of Gethsemane received an offering of glorious music: Behold the Saints. And Pr Engquist offered this reminder of how this is a day of giving thanks and of being present. May this uphold us all as we ache in the absence after death, and continue in the journey of our lives.

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listen, God is calling!

• October 29th, 2017

On this 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Pr Engquist invites us to consider our identity and calling. What is the Word inviting us to do and be? Where do we "stand" on issues of justice and peace-making?

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Rejoicing is Resistance

• October 15th, 2017

Matthew 22:1-14

How can we celebrate when we are surrounded by violence?  Pastoral intern Erik Thone preaches on the parable of the wedding banquet.

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into the peace of wild things

• October 8th, 2017

On this day of blessing animals, acknowledging growing despair at the violence and injustice so rampant in our world, Pr Kari Lipke invites us to consider going into the peace of wild things, as names the poet Wendell Berry in this work. We consider the peace Jesus called us to live in, and the ways we may be instruments of peace. And, we are reminded of the peace imparted to us by stepping back into nature's beauty or burying our troubled faces for a time in the fur of beloved animal companions. If despair in the world stirs in you, a listen to these words may help you find a place or companion to which you might turn for peace.

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See, Do, Be Miracles

• October 1st, 2017

Link to the Gospel text: Matthew 14:31-21 (Read in the Message translation)

Matthew Martin of The Outreach Program reflects on the miraculous feeding of 54,000 people at the Give.Share.Eat. event hosted by Gethsemane September 29-30.

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You also, come!

• September 24th, 2017

The kingdom of God is like...an assembly line packing meals?  Erik Thone's first sermon at Gethsemane as pastoral intern, preached the Sunday before Gethsemane's "Give.Share.Eat." event packing 54,000 meals alongside members of the Seattle community.

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what is a life worth?

• September 17th, 2017

In Matthew 18, in response to a disciple's question about how often we "must" forgive, Jesus tells a story about one who has been forgiven a great debt and how that one relates to someone in debt to him. You can read it here. Then have a listen to Pr Kari Lipke's reflection on the worth of a life. Imagine with her what is possible when forgiveness meets indebtedness. A new economy is envisioned through the parable...and in the preaching. Have a listen.

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compassion 12: sheepish goats and goaty sheep

• September 3rd, 2017

The story of a "final judgment" in Matthew 25:31-46 can turn off just about anyone who reads it. For sure, talk of "eternal punishment" is not something we do much of around Gethsemane. But stirring up fear and engendering panic is not the point. Pr Joanne invites us to think again about "who we are" in the story (and who we are not). And helps us mix the images a bit, sheepish goats and goaty sheep. Have a listen...

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