Pointing to the Light

• December 10th, 2017

Mark 1:1-8

Sarah Derrick from the Faith Action Network preaches on International Human Rights.  How can we, like John, point to the light?

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bubbling up justice

• December 3rd, 2017

Pr Joanne Engquist reflects on prophetic calls in Advent, especially the words "Comfort" and "Prepare." Considering the texts in Isaiah and Mark and the context of December 2017, she invites us to wonder how we prepare ways that raise up what is low and bring down mountains? Perhaps the ancient words spur us to bubble up with action, reaching out to elected leaders to advocate justice in policies and practices, and speaking up to confront injustice.

 

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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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