vi reflections

• January 20th, 2018

On Saturday, January 20, people gathered at Gethsemane Lutheran Church to celebrate the life of Violette Mae Bloom Carlson. All present were graced by these stories remembering her remarkable life. Have a listen, and give thanks for Vi.

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vi homily

• January 20th, 2018

On January 20, many gathered to give thanks for the life of a long-time member of Gethsemane, Vi Carlson. Here, Pr Joanne Engquist reflects on her life and the gospel of God's love that marked her remarkable 103 years of living.

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sitting with it, then getting to work

• January 14th, 2018

On this Sunday preceding the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we wrestle with words from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that demean people based on their national origin (and, by extension, their skin color). Preachers shake their heads at the convergence of that reality with the assigned reading for the weekend wherein a would-be disciple laughs at the origins of Jesus and wonders aloud, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"

For her part, Pr Joanne Engquist asks us to sit with the truths of all these words. And she challenges us to listen to ourselves--to both our inner voices and those things we utter aloud. Let us wonder about our own times of silence, times of leaving racism (and so many other issues) unchallenged. It's important that we sit with this. As Roxane Gay presses in a NYT op-ed, "Instead of trying to get past this moment, "we should sit with it, wrap ourselves in the sorrow, distress, and humiliation." Then, we need to fulfill our vocation and in Dr King's words, "transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new."

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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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