summer series two, #3: death as part of life

• July 24th, 2016

In this third of our summer series, Pr Joanne Engquist invites us to get closer to death. Sharing the challenge of speaking about how we have hope even at deathbeds and graves, she urges us to search out a hope that sustains us in life, in death, and in life beyond death.   

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summer series two: where do you see God in this?

• July 17th, 2016

Pr. Kari Lipke uses the story of our second summer series, the raising of Lazarus, to ask us, "Where do you see God in this?" She suggests that this question can guide our experiences of beauty, our experience of relationship, and even our experience of death. 

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summer series two: freed to be present, freed to feel pain, and freed to love

• July 10th, 2016

Pastoral Intern Peter Carlson Schattauer looks at the way that God is present in the story of the raising of Lazarus and in the crucifixion. How does God's presence with us free us to live lives of peace and reconciliation in a world of violence?

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pentecost + 7: bearing love in the harvest

• July 3rd, 2016

Pastor Joanne invites us to examine the opportunities we have to serve in the world. Instead of imagining our role in the world as people sent to bring people to our side, we are invited to bear love and peace in the world.

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summer one: in life, together

• June 20th, 2016

In our second of a 3-part series on the story from John 8, Pr Joanne Engquist looks for insights that might help us as we move forward in the wake of the recent killings at Pulse, Orlando. She tells a story from a while back about someone who helped slow her anger long ago, and what she takes from that moment into her days. She wonders with us all about Desmond Tutu's insight that love is much more demanding than the law.

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summer one: a way of compassion

• June 12th, 2016

On Sunday mornings, we rarely hear or tell the story from John 8 about Jesus drawing in the dirt while a crowd of religious authorities hold rocks in their hands, taking deadly aim against a woman whom they'd caught "in the very act of adultery." In today's reflection, Pr Kari tells that this is a favored story of hers (!) and offers some ways of thinking about it that open up the story for a new day. Have a listen to hear her take on this challenging text, and consider how you might be inspired to offer benedictions - scattered like seed or dust, even written on the heart. (This text will be considered again for the coming two weeks as part of our first of four summer series.)

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pentecost +32: how do we rise?

• June 5th, 2016

After Jesus blew the minds of people by healing a roman soldier's servant, he traveled inland, nearer to Nazareth. When entering the village called Nain, Jesus encountered a funeral procession. Luke tells us that the son who was dead is "restored" to his mother at Jesus' invitation to "Rise!" Pr Engquist invites us to think about this rising -- both for what we make of it in Nain, and what we might make of it in Seattle today. How do we rise? How do we say rise?

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pentecost +2: deserving healing?

• May 29th, 2016

Who deserves to be healed? Is it people who believe the right things or who have the right connections? What does "faith" look like in the lives of those desperate for a cure? Pr Joanne Engquist invites us to think about an encounter of Jesus with the servants of a Roman soldier. The story (Luke 7:1-10) challenges a lot of preconceived ideas. In turn, maybe we will think some more about the nature of trust/faith, who needs healing, and a sense of where God is active in the world. Have a listen.

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holy trinity: living in right relationship

• May 22nd, 2016

Pastoral Intern Peter Carlson Schattauer reflects upon the actions taken by the assembly of the Northwest Washington Synod and connects these actions to live in right relationship with our neighbors to God's own relationship within God's self, with the created world, and with humanity. How are we called to live in right relationship when we worship a God who consists of and lives in relationship with all of creation? 

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pentecost: listen, shake it!

• May 15th, 2016

On this fiery, spirited day, the whole place was alive in energetic rhythms. A drum circle offered its song while others were reminded of belonging, connections, and were marked with oil as a blessing of our hands that do God's work in the world. Pr Engquist's reflection begins as she interacts with one of our youngest members, an inquisitive 2 year old who noticed the birds and proclaimed "shake it" as his own connection to the day. Pastor reminds us that listening and understanding are the real amazing moments in the day's story, and in our lives. To whom are we listening for a leading as individuals and church together? And how do we understand what the poet-preacher Jan Richardson calls "this grace that scorches us toward one another and into the blazing day?" Have a listen yourselves!
 

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