pentecost

• June 4th, 2017

The Rev. Kristy Daniels, pastor at the Church of Steadfast Love, joins us this week as guest preacher for Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23).  She shares insight about her experience working with men who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness, and she emphasizes the importance of hearing the good news in one's own native language.

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ascension & mystical union

• May 28th, 2017

After returning from two weeks away from Gethsemane, Pastoral Intern Allison reflects on how her understanding of the Gospel of John has changed over her seminary career.  Drawing from Christian mystical writers over the centuries, she describes Jesus' hope that we be one with God, just as he is one with God (John 17:1-11).  On this Ascension Sunday (Acts 1:6-14), it is crucial to remember that God is not located far away or up above, but in and among us. 

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easter 6: orphans?

• May 21st, 2017

Thinking about the shocking words of Jesus in John 14:15-21, 25-26, Pr Joanne asks us to think about orphans. And to understand that figuring out how to live without the embodied presence of Jesus is one way of us living as orphans. But the point of the passage is to remind us that even without Jesus, the promise is that we won't have to go it alone. An Advocate, the Paraclete, is promised to be with us always.

 

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come and journey with me

• May 14th, 2017

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For many of us, hiking is a joyous pursuit. Pr Engquist invites us to think about treks we have taken and those instances we may have felt lost (or actually have been lost!). She asks us also to think of what helps us stay on track or what guides us along the way? Reflecting on Jesus who calls himself the Way (in John 14:1-14), she invites us to consider how his life was a living signpost. And layering on the images from I Peter, she asks us to imagine ourselves as living stones being built into a sanctuary or serving as a guiding cairn along life's way. There are a lot of images. Have a listen to see if one works well for your life's journey.

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the content of abundant life

• May 7th, 2017

It's Good Shepherd Sunday, and the texts are all about sheep, the shepherd, the gate, and abundant life (Psalm 23, Acts 2:42-47, John 10:1-10).  Pastoral Intern Allison takes up the question of what the image of the Good Shepherd has to teach us about abundant life.  What exactly does abundant life look like?   

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no right way

• April 30th, 2017

How did you come to join the Christian community?  If you have been baptized, were you baptized as a child or as an aldult?  Have you ever wondered why Lutherans practice infant baptism? 

Using today's readings as a guide (Acts 2:36-42 and Luke 24:13-35), Pastoral Intern Allison explores different paths to entering Christian community and experiencing Christ's love.  No matter your story, you are welcome here.

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thomas, faith, and science

• April 23rd, 2017

Pr Kari Lipke of the Garden shares thoughts on the story of Thomas (often called the Doubter) as is told in John 20:19-31. She invites us deeper into the Thomas story by recalling his other appearances in John's gospel, and noting that today's passage considers an important theme of making relationship where there has been separation. Listen in for a way to connect this weekend's science marches with the insistence of Thomas that he gain hard evidence for the other disciples' proclamation that the crucified Jesus is actually alive. Onward!

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while it is still dark: resurrection begins

• April 16th, 2017

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On this Easter Sunday morning we delight in the bright colors, the garden, the joy... But Easter started amid death, while it was still dark, and Mary Magdalene was there alone, weeping. Pr Engquist invites us to consider that this is true also in our places of emptiness and shadow. She reminds us that new life stirs up from deadened places in our hearts and spirits. This new life brings the Easter joy. May it soon be on our lips, and bodied forth in our lives!

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a new community

• April 14th, 2017

heqi.jpgRead John 1:1-5, 10-13 and John 19:16b-37 to consider the texts shared on this Good Friday before this homily was shared. Worship continues from the evening before when we shared the meal and were washed, went to the garden to pray, and followed toward the cross. This day, we have gathered at the foot of the cross and we have heard, perhaps surprisingly, of birth alongside and even within the death.

We continue our Great Three Days liturgy on Saturday, 8pm, gathered around fire. 

If you would like to know more about the Crucifixion painting by He Qi, click here.

 

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sunday of the passion: the language of love

• April 9th, 2017

On this day, we have heard the story of Jesus' passion as recorded in John's gospel. You might want to read it for yourself before listening to this reflection. The words sung just before Pr Joanne's reflection are a translation of the old hymn we know as Paul Gerhardt's (17th C German), but really draw back to a Latin poem by Arnulf of Leuven who died in 1250CE. They put on our lips this cry to Jesus:

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.

Blessings to all as we undertake this journey in Holy Week.

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