February 2, 2020
On this 4th Sunday after Epiphany, Pastor Joanne Engquist gives the message on readings from Micah 6: 1-8 and Matthew 5: 1-12.
"You may seek power but I am blessing all human vulnerability. This Jesus whom we follow cried at the tomb of his friend, turned the other cheek, even forgave those who hung him on a cross. This Jesus was God's beatitude. God's blessing to the weak in a world that only admires the strong."
January 26, 2020
Pr. Kari Lipke gives the message on this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, with readings from Isaiah 9: 1-4 and Matthew 4: 12-13, 17-23.
"Perhaps the main thing I have learned about baptismal vocation in all that time, is the same wisdom that Matthew imparts to us this morning in the gospel text: that there is more than a linguistic connection between the words vocation and provocation. That our vocation as Christians, in fact, is to be provocative. We are called as Christians to call out - to challenge injustice, brutality, systems of oppression wherever we find them, in whatever age we live, in whatever disguise we have donned."
January 19, 2020
Pastor Joanne Engquist gives our message on this 2nd Sunday after Epiphany. Readings for today are from Isaiah 49: 1-7 and John 1: 35-42.
"The question of what we are looking for maybe is not so much a wondering about our hopes and our intentions; perhaps when Jesus asks, 'What are you looking for,' it's to invite us more deeply into the story itself. To help us behold what is before us. To invite us to think not just what it is that interests us, but to consider where God is made known. The call to have a look is more than idle chatter. The call is to see - to really open up to what is before us."
January 12, 2020
Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, on this first Sunday after Epiphany. Pr. Kari Lipke gives our message today, with readings from Isaiah 42: 1-9 and Matthew 3: 13-17.
"We need a God who knows what it is to be human: to live, to love, to screw up, to triumph and yes, to suffer and to die. The God who, out of compassion, steeps Godself in these human experiences is the God who can help with compassion: the God who can help with compassion our oh-so-human selves as we deal with many challenges and difficulties in our lives. And we sure do need that help."
January 5, 2020
Steven Coles, guest preacher, studied at Duke Divinity and joins us this morning for some thoughts on the gospel, John 1, and additional reading Sirach 24: 1-9. His blog also features a written version of the sermon and can be found at https://steventcoles.wordpress.com/
"This is the longing of the people that are hearing John's words. They don't want a story - they want flesh and blood. They want change; they want to step back through the threshold of their homes and see how things once were. They want their memories to become the same flesh and blood they once were. But the reader does not know what John is fully doing. John is turning over every memory, every word into their hearts in hopes that Jesus becomes flesh for them once again."
December 24, 2019
On Christmas Eve we sing beloved songs and tell the familiar story, but all that we expect is undone once more when we see a tiny human body and remember God's choice to be one with us in order to be one for us. You can't see the visual of the infant Pr Joanne held in the service, but you can imagine her. Pause a moment and take in the news of God with us calling in love, calling to love. Blessings this Christmas.
December 15, 2019
Pastor Kari Lipke gives the message for this sixth Sunday in Extended Advent. The readings for today are from Psalm 17, Isaiah 7:14, and Luke 1:46-55.
"It is Mary and Elizabeth's spirit of cooperation; the use of their own freedom in service to God and others that I encourage us to emulate this season and the whole year long."
December 8, 2019
Pastor Joanne Engquist gives the message on this 5th Sunday in extended Advent at Gethsemane. Readings for today are: Psalm 146, Malachi 4:2a, Matthew 1: 18-25.
"Struggle, fear, worry - these are not signs of distance from God. These are not signs of God's displeasure with us. These instead I think are part and parcel of God's desire to lessen the distance. They're part of what motivates our loving God to draw near, to be with us, Immanuel."
December 1, 2019
Pr. Kari Lipke's message today is centered around our readings from Psalm 46, Isaiah 35:5-6, and Matthew 11:2-11.
"You cannot tear down those who tear down others, without by the same token reinforcing their abuses. Instead you build back up what they have destroyed; you raise the dead and you bring good news to the poor."
November 24, 2019
Pastor Joanne Engquist gives the message on this third Sunday in our extended Advent. The readings from today are from Psalm 122, Isaiah 2:4, and Matthew 3: 1-12.
"So what is it in the world that catches your heart this day? What cries of the suffering far or near could use your attention, your prayer, your work. Devoting ourselves to the aches of the world is itself a way of responding to the call to prepare the way of the Lord. That is how we make straight the paths. It is how we join God at work in the world in, and as, that very nearness of heaven."