we are an advent people

• November 12th, 2018

Guest preacher Shelley Bryan Wee

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all saints - living and grieving together

• November 5th, 2018
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a call to action against white nationalism

• October 28th, 2018
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faithful struggles: what healing do we seek?

• October 21st, 2018

On this Sunday nearest the commemoration of Luke, the Physician, we consider our needs for healing. In the forum we learned about faith community nursing with Ralph Fateiger. In the bite size, we thought about the way community offers support. And in this reflection, Pr Joanne invites us to think about how we come before God and name our desires. Sometimes we rail against God, like Job; sometimes we hang out (like the person in John's gospel): on the edges, sick and alone even in the midst of great crowds.

Pr Joanne urges us to name our needs -- and the needs of others; to speak up and speak out. In our service, we did that. Coming forward and staying still, naming our own needs and those weighing heavy on our hearts. Together, we wish to be healed.

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letting go, living well

• October 14th, 2018

In today's reading from Mark 10:17-31, someone who is rich kneels before Jesus with a question about how to "inherit" eternal life. The answer seems harsh and impossible but Jesus says the way forward needs trust in God and a willingness to let go. Pr Joanne asks us to think about this challenge not by excusing ourselves as not "rich enough" to be ones Jesus is talking about, but by thinking about what one thing we lack, what keeps us from letting go, from trusting. She asks us to consider how the lives of Bob Keith and Archbishop Oscar Romero might encourage us. Perhaps they help us exclaim in the words of today's psalm: "Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!"

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Bob Keith

• October 14th, 2018

Bob's burial service was private and not recorded. However the community that gathered for worship at Gethsemane Lutheran, Seattle on Sunday, October 14, celebrated his life and - through this brief prayer - made final commendation of Bob to God's care.

The song (recorded elsewhere) that followed this prayer can be heard by clicking here.

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the place i want to live

• October 7th, 2018

On this day remembering St Francis, Pr Kari Lipke reflects on a reading from Isaiah 11 about God's holy mountain. She asks whether it is possible for us to make this image real in our lives.

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courage and wisdom

• September 30th, 2018

In the midst of all that is being shared, especially memories of sexual abuse, today's reading from James might sound like a neat and tidy instruction offering a kind of "thoughts and prayers" response to those who are suffering. But that is not necessarily in the text! Pr Joanne asks us to reconsider enculturated readings that have twisted this text so that it seems to say something unhelpful. She asks us to consider how the text might, instead, invite us to be a community worthy of sharing real life together. And how the gospel story may pull us yet a little further into our identity as ones showing compassion and honoring truth-tellers in our midst. 

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real wisdom and how to live

• September 23rd, 2018

The language of the book of James is a little "foreign" to contemporary listeners, but not the concept of searching out how to live and make a difference in the world! Pr Joanne reflects on the ways that today's texts from James (and Mark) help us think about these things.

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who do you say jesus is?

• September 16th, 2018

This week, we hear a reflection from the fabulous Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson, Executive Director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. She queers up the story from Mark where Jesus and the disciples converse about who he is, and what the disciples think that means. She invites us to reflect on who Jesus is for us today. Have a listen.

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