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easter 6: recognizing new thresholds

easter 6: recognizing new thresholds

May 17, 2020

Pastor Kari Lipke explores a story of Paul in Greece. Reflecting on how Paul speaks to the Athenians, she invites us to think about what helped Paul's listeners to respond to his testimony. She welcomes us to explore our own longings and experiences as we seek to know and trust God. The biblical story from The Acts of the Apostles is found here.

During this time when we have suspended in-person worship so that we may care for our neighbors and diminish the spread of the novel coronavirus, video recordings of GLC's services are posted online <www.urbanfaith.org/worship> each week by 10am Sunday; the services remain accessible there and also on the GLC Facebook page

easter 5: faithfully questioning

easter 5: faithfully questioning

May 10, 2020

Pr Joanne Engquist revisits Thomas as a model questioner and thinks about the troubled hearts that are ours. She asks us to think about how our trust in God can be such that we don't get thrown in the midst of what is troubled and troubling. The gospel lesson is found here.

During this time when we have suspended in-person worship so that we may care for our neighbors and diminish the spread of the novel coronavirus, video recordings of GLC's services are posted online <www.urbanfaith.org/worship> each week by 10am Sunday; the services remain accessible there and also on the GLC Facebook page.

easter 4: building trust in community

easter 4: building trust in community

May 3, 2020

Pr Kari Lipke invites us to think about how consideration of the early church might help us think about life in community as the church today. The scripture reading is found here.

During this time when we have suspended in-person worship so that we may care for our neighbors and diminish the spread of the novel coronavirus, video recordings of GLC's services are posted online <www.urbanfaith.org/worship> each week by 10am Sunday; the services remain accessible there and also on the GLC Facebook page.

easter 3: reliving the day

easter 3: reliving the day

April 26, 2020

Pr Joanne Engquist thinks today about sharing at tables -- not just food, but stories and experiences. Where do we see Jesus in our midst? The gospel lesson is found here.

During this time when we have suspended in-person worship so that we may care for our neighbors and diminish the spread of the novel coronavirus, video recordings of GLC's services are posted online <www.urbanfaith.org/worship> each week by 10am Sunday; the services remain accessible there and also on the GLC Facebook page.

easter 2: peace amid fear

easter 2: peace amid fear

April 19, 2020

Returning to the upper room, the risen Jesus speaks peace to Thomas and the others. Pr Kari Lipke reflects today on this beautiful exchange. Read the gospel lesson here.

During this time when we have suspended in-person worship so that we may care for our neighbors and diminish the spread of the novel coronavirus, video recordings of GLC's services are posted online <www.urbanfaith.org/worship> each week by 10am Sunday; the services remain accessible there and also on the GLC Facebook page.

easter: alleluias even so

easter: alleluias even so

April 12, 2020

This week, we celebrate resurrection. New life in places of death and dying. Might that be true not only of the first Easter but in our lives amid this pandemic? Listen as Pr Joanne Engquist reflects on the connections between the first Easter and now.

During this time when we have suspended in-person worship so that we may care for our neighbors and diminish the spread of the novel coronavirus, video recordings of GLC's services are posted online each week by 10am Sunday; the services remain accessible there and also on the GLC Facebook page

 

 

 

Wild Hope: Indiana Bat

Wild Hope: Indiana Bat

March 8, 2020

This morning we present an extended podcast for those folks needing to stay home for coronavirus concerns. Please note - the music is loud and soft due to limitations with our recording equipment. Please use caution if you are listening with headphones so that you are not surprised! Music and reading used by permission of Bret Hesla and Gayle Boss.

In her book Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing, Gayle Boss writes "The purpose of Lent has always been to startle us awake to the true state of our hearts and the world we've made. Which wakes an aching, wild hope that something new might be born of the ruin." During Lent 2020, we open our hearts to our sibling creatures on this planet. We revel in the beauty of other species. We grieve the many losses that come through environmental degradation, climate change, and insatiable human appetites. We gather strength to make the changes each of us must embrace, individually and collectively, to heal the wounded whole. We dare to hope for a resurrection future in which all life will flourish.

Wild Hope: Galapagos Penguin

Wild Hope: Galapagos Penguin

March 1, 2020

In her book Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing, Gayle Boss writes "The purpose of Lent has always been to startle us awake to the true state of our hearts and the world we've made. Which wakes an aching, wild hope that something new might be born of the ruin." During Lent 2020, we open our hearts to our sibling creatures on this planet. We revel in the beauty of other species. We grieve the many losses that come through environmental degradation, climate change, and insatiable human appetites. We gather strength to make the changes each of us must embrace, individually and collectively, to heal the wounded whole. We dare to hope for a resurrection future in which all life will flourish.

The series continues weekly on Sundays. Lunchtime discussions will also occur at the church on March 8 and 22. While supplies last, books are available for purchase at the church. Also online. (If you purchase from Amazon, please use smile.amazon.com and consider selecting Gethsemane Lutheran Church as your charitable organization for their donation.

Wild Hope: Sumatran Orangutans

Wild Hope: Sumatran Orangutans

February 26, 2020

In her book Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing, Gayle Boss writes "The purpose of Lent has always been to startle us awake to the true state of our hearts and the world we've made. Which wakes an aching, wild hope that something new might be born of the ruin." During Lent 2020, we open our hearts to our sibling creatures on this planet. We revel in the beauty of other species. We grieve the many losses that come through environmental degradation, climate change, and insatiable human appetites. We gather strength to make the changes each of us must embrace, individually and collectively, to heal the wounded whole. We dare to hope for a resurrection future in which all life will flourish.

The series continues weekly on Sundays. Lunchtime discussions will also occur at the church on March 8 and 22. While supplies last, books are available for purchase at the church. Also online. (If you purchase from Amazon, please use smile.amazon.com and consider selecting Gethsemane Lutheran Church as your charitable organization for their donation.

 

ash wednesday: our mark of confidence

ash wednesday: our mark of confidence

February 26, 2020

On this Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, we ask together: where can our hearts be found? Pastor Kari Lipke gives a message on readings from Joel 2: 12-13 and Matthew 6: 19-21. The book used to guide us through this season of Lent is Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing by Gayle Boss. The book (and it's illustrations by David Klein) is full of ache and beauty, assisting us to confront the many losses of climate change, and to recognize flickers of hope that allow us to imagine a future.

 

"We are not (in the gospel text) advised to forgo earthly treasures and to store up heavenly treasures because life on and of the earth doesn't matter but precisely because life on and of the earth does so much matter."

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