Jesus is a champion of different endings

• February 4th, 2019

Pr. Kari Lipke gives a message on the gospel lesson: Luke 4: 21-30.

"What if this lack of acceptance is the foundational suffering that enables the prophet to resonate with the suffering of others - that this lack of acceptance is the foundational unfairness that compels the prophet to speak out against injustice wherever else they find it." "Will our stories end differently if we learn something today from this story - something about listening with humility instead of defensiveness?"

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proclaim it, dear ones, and live the gospel.

• January 28th, 2019

Pastor Joanne gives a message on this week's gospel reading - Luke 4: 14-21. "What are we to make of this bold, prophetic speak and how does this first teaching of Jesus offer anything of meaning for us in our today? What ask is there in this story? What ask comes to us as we assemble in this place for worship today?"

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listening deeply and speaking out

• January 22nd, 2019

Pastor Joanne gives a message on the reading (Isaiah 62: 1-5), the gospel (John 2: 1-11) and in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "What promise of God is held so deeply in your heart, for the sake of God's own, you will not be silent?" As the prophets before us, we are called to speak out, to forgive, to lead. "In those times when we are tired, weak and worn may we know ourselves beloved. May we find ourselves encouraged in the community and for the community we share."

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you are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you

• January 14th, 2019

In this first Sunday after the Epiphany, we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. Pastor Lipke speaks on baptism and Theodicy - the theological question of why a good God permits the manifestation of evil in the world. "You are precious in my sight, and honored and I love You. Do not fear for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name - you are mine," says God. "Go ahead and risk connecting with a community of imperfect people, imperfectly trying to do good together in this world - working for justice and peace over all the earth."

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a shining light in the most vulnerable among us

• January 7th, 2019

Rev. Susan Burchfield gives a message on life in vulnerability. The new day comes from an unexpected place and the season of Epiphany is full of dreams. "The Epiphany journey is an invitation to life... for God in Jesus seeks us, finds us, loves us, walks with us."

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the shared child

• December 24th, 2018

Pr Kari opens the familiar nativity story with images of shepherds visiting the family in the manger. Jesus has come as God enfleshed to share our lives. May Christmas inspire us also to share love.

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the song of mary

• December 23rd, 2018

Mary clings to the promise from God to the people Israel to be here, always, no matter what, even as her circumstances at her present are tough. "Jesus came to remind us of the mercy and the promise of God and to extend it, beyond where it had been held." May Mary's song be also ours.

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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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