the place i want to live

• October 7th, 2018

On this day remembering St Francis, Pr Kari Lipke reflects on a reading from Isaiah 11 about God's holy mountain. She asks whether it is possible for us to make this image real in our lives.

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courage and wisdom

• September 30th, 2018

In the midst of all that is being shared, especially memories of sexual abuse, today's reading from James might sound like a neat and tidy instruction offering a kind of "thoughts and prayers" response to those who are suffering. But that is not necessarily in the text! Pr Joanne asks us to reconsider enculturated readings that have twisted this text so that it seems to say something unhelpful. She asks us to consider how the text might, instead, invite us to be a community worthy of sharing real life together. And how the gospel story may pull us yet a little further into our identity as ones showing compassion and honoring truth-tellers in our midst. 

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real wisdom and how to live

• September 23rd, 2018

The language of the book of James is a little "foreign" to contemporary listeners, but not the concept of searching out how to live and make a difference in the world! Pr Joanne reflects on the ways that today's texts from James (and Mark) help us think about these things.

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who do you say jesus is?

• September 16th, 2018

This week, we hear a reflection from the fabulous Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson, Executive Director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. She queers up the story from Mark where Jesus and the disciples converse about who he is, and what the disciples think that means. She invites us to reflect on who Jesus is for us today. Have a listen.

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a sacrament of presence

• September 9th, 2018

On this final Sunday of our Invitation Series, Pr Kari Lipke reflects on the familiar words from I Corinthians where Paul remembers the supper shared on the night Jesus was handed over. In this homily, she invites us to reconsider what we know about this meal. Have a listen and consider how you are invited through ritual to engage a story of hope.

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are we listening?

• September 2nd, 2018

On this third week of our final module in the summer series, Pr Joanne asks us to attend to three movements in the day's story from Acts 2:1-24, 37-47. First we hear of the day of Pentecost, then Peter's charismatic preaching; finally we hear about the new church and the contours of life among the believers. Unpacking the details, though, she invites us to see how the Spirit is a gift that makes possible the varied ways of responding. Ultimately, the question is what is the gift of God's spirit making ready in each of us?

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jubilee: the super sabbath

• August 26th, 2018

Pr Joanne explores the biblical concept of Jubilee, that year of God's favor when things are put back together again -- reordered in ways that underscore equity, freedom, and new beginnings. In contemporary terms, GLC hosted an event last week that resounded with a jubilee call when hopsitality workers cried out to hotel management, "share the gains with the workers who make profits possible.” Jubilee invites us to open horizons of hope. We wonder together how we will do that, both individually and collectively.

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loving god back

• August 19th, 2018

In the third summer module of our series on the invitation to join God at work in the world, Pr Kari reflected on the challenges of "loving God back." Have a listen. It's quite the invitation to us to consider how we live.

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get up and eat

• August 12th, 2018

The need for weary ones to be nourished and tended is as old as Elijah, or older! Pr Joanne invites us to think about how we need to be tended and to tend others in our/their weariness so that we'll have strength for the journeys ahead. How might this relate to you?

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a surge of hospitality

• August 5th, 2018

Our summer series ("Invitation: Joining God at Work in the World") continues with the story of Lydia as told in Acts 16:13-15. Pr Joanne helped us imagine the encounter, focusing on the way Lydia first responds to Paul and Co. but then extends her own invitation to them. She sees this as a give-and-take that's key to Christian community. It's also something we're living and learning as we receive Jose in sanctuary. How might your hospitality surge to welcome another, to give of what you have, to be changed in life together?

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