Advent: patience, hope, longing… and hard work

• December 10th, 2018

Pr. Engquist talks about John the Baptizer, who had a mission of not just leveling the playing field of humanity but removing barriers as well. John teaches us that there's hope to be had, even in the wilderness. And, most importantly, that there's work to be done to make the crooked straight and see eye to eye on behalf of anyone who feels trapped. Our work is urgent - let's go!

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watching and waiting with the help of community

• December 3rd, 2018

Pr. Engquist talks about the value of God and community in times of hope, pain and change - waiting and watching in this season of Advent.

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Love is God’s Truth

• November 26th, 2018

Pastor Kari Lipke talks about truth and love as it pertains to power from the Gospel: John 18: 33-38a.

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come Lord Jesus, make all things new

• November 19th, 2018

Guest preacher Rev. Sarah France shares a message of Advent

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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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