You are God’s child, beloved, with you God is well pleased

• January 7th, 2018

Mark 4:1-11

Is there anything more human (even divine?) than our desire for belonging, affection, and affirmation?  Pastoral Intern Erik Thone poses the question and the answer God gives at Jesus' baptism.

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god and politics at christmas?

• December 24th, 2017

Pr Kari Lipke invites us to think about how God and politics mix at Christmas. She explores the emperor's decree and its impact on those who are needing to be registered. She thinks of the birth announcement to the marginalized shepherds on the hillside. And she wonders how this story still means hope today. Have a listen to the good news of great joy that comes in God-with-us, Jesus born for us as one of us.

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fear not!

• December 24th, 2017

In our morning gathering on December 24th, we remembered encounters of Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph with God's messengers (angels). In each, the primary word was Fear not! We also heard again the prophet Isaiah's word to the whole people of God also saying, "Do not be afraid." In thinking about our own lives and the things that are happening or might happen, we also might need this word to resist fear. It's at the center of our scriptural promise. And Christmas embodies this in the vulnerable, tender presence of God in our midst. Together, let us be full of hope instead of fear.

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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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