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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compassion 11: doing justice, loving kindness, walking humbly

• August 27th, 2017

Guest preacher, Rev. Carol Jensen, invites reflection on the great imperatives of Micah 6:6-8: Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with God. Have a listen and consider the ways this word calls to you.

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compassion 10: chosen, called, & amazed

• August 20th, 2017

In her final sermon as Pastoral Intern at Gethsemane, Allison Bengfort discusses transformation as the vocation of pastors and Christians alike (Romans 12:1-2).  She demonstrates how the three themes in Deuteronomy 10:12-22 of being chosen, called, and amazed work together to contribute to this transformation of soul and community. 

 

 

 

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compassion 9: singing together

• August 13th, 2017

On Sunday, August 13, Gethsemane gathered for a "compassion hymn sing," but the realities of the world around us asked for a little more, too. Such as some thinking about why we sing. Some answered Pr Kari's question about that with replies about how singing gives courage, and how it brings unity. Sometimes we sing for joy, others to help us keep going when sad, fearful, or angry.

Using a Ghanian song, "Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love," Pr Joanne invited us to think again about racism in the church and world. The violence and hatred in Charlottesville begged for and was met with love and mercy (compassion!) that bears witness to another way of being in this world. This is the "Jesus way" that invites us to see others as neighbors whom we are called to love and serve. That love sometimes is tough and resistant, but always seeks justice for all. And the service costs us something, not least our preconceived notions of ourselves and our roles. To this loving, serving way we all are called.

 

 

 

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compassion 8: god’s gonna trouble the water

• August 6th, 2017

In this week's reflection, Pastoral Intern Allison Bengfort shares a story from the Lower Elwah S'Klallam tribe, which was shared by Roger Fernandes to the children and counselors at Read-a-Rama camp.  This First Nations healing story sheds light on how the healing stories in the Bible may be about more than physical ailments.  In John 5:1-9, a sick man waits at the pool of Bethesda for the angel of God to trouble the water.  This story, which is the textual basis for the African American spiritual, "Wade in the Water," calls to mind the healing waters of baptism and reminds us that we, too, are sent out to trouble the water of the unjust systems that surround us. 

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