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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come and see! jesus at the tomb

• April 2nd, 2017

In this final week of our lenten stories of encounter offered in John's gospel, we learn of a time when Jesus' dear friend Lazarus has died. And the words "Come and see" are now spoken to Jesus, inviting him to know the sorrow and grief that has come to his friends and their wider community. Read the story in John 11, or simply listen here to our telling of the story with the friendly "Stage Manager of the Gospel" guiding us along the way. 

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come and see! a blinded community

• March 26th, 2017

Technical difficulties result in a delay for this compelling story. We need to re-record it for posting. Check back later to hear about the encounter of Jesus and "a man born blind," and learn of the many ways there was need for vision to be restored not only for him, but for the parents and wider community, too. Read John 9:1-41 and check back to hear the story that was presented with the gospel stage manager on Sunday, March 26.

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