Genesis 8:1-9:19 Restoration and Remembrance Throughout the Bible, from the very first word to the very last word there is one, incredible theme which is stated, alluded to, illustrated or pointing towards…and that is God’s redemption of all creation and all people through the grace of Jesus Christ.  And there are points throughout the Bible…

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Good Friday  “Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.” Matthew 27:32-61 32 As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34t hey offered him wine…

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 The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for command. At tonight’s worship service we we gather at the table of the Last Supper and hear Jesus’ command to “Love one another as I have loved you”.  In the continuation of our daily passion readings we see the very ugliness that festers and rules when…

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Jesus has been arrested, his closest disciples fear for their lives and the lives of their teacher.  Peter, known for his honest questions and doubt is alone in the courtyard struggling to remain faithful to the One who will never turn away.  Let us pray…Lord Jesus, remember us still. In our isolation, fear, and grief…

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Today’s reading shows us the depth of humanity found in God.  Jesus is scared and yet protective, he is dependent on his friends and over all else, the presence of God.  Jesus humbly asks his disciples to remain with him in prayer, a simple request asked of disciples then and now which remains difficult for…

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This first reading of Holy Week takes us back to the passover.  Jesus’ disciples are gathered around him in every possible way, vowing their faithfulness and solidarity. We know they fail Jesus, we know of their betrayal and denial. Let us pray…Lord Jesus, remember us still.  Even though we deny you as we deny our…

  Matthew 5:1-12 “What makes a disciple?” That had to be a serious, daunting question hanging over the heads of the disciples as they followed Jesus away from the growing, demanding crowds up the mountain.  I guess the first answer to the question “What makes a disciple” is that these men get some very exclusive…

Reformation 2016 Psalm 46 This is going to be quite a year to be a Lutheran.  Today we enter the 500th year since Martin Luther began his critical, painful, passionate struggle with the church.  And for the next year the Twin Cities may be the proudest metro in the country as we celebrate Protestant Pride…

Christmas Eve 2016 This is the night Love was born.  This is the night we sing some of the most familiar melodies of all time and hear a story that many of us could give a pretty accurate re-telling of, even if you haven’t picked up a Bible in years. This is the night that…

Jacob was a man God chose to do wonderful works through. Jacob is one of our great fathers of the faith, a central figure in the life of God’s chosen people. Jacob…was a jerk. We step into Jacob’s story as he is on the run, and for good reason! Jacob has conned his way into…

Luke 14:1, 7-14 Sisters and brothers in Christ, grace and peace to you from God our provision and from Jesus our gracious host and teacher. Amen. According to our gospel reading, we should take some time this morning to go around and make sure everyone is sitting in the right spot! Are you sitting in…

Luke 14:25-33 September 4th, 2016 We are about to hear a scandalous text extreme language. The challenge for the listener this morning is to let this text speak with all of its extremities, yet to hear it within the flow and purpose of the gospel itself. 25 Now large crowds were travelling with him; and…

Luke 14:1, 7-14 14On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8‘When you are invited by someone to…

As we welcome a new pastor, this is a timely article in The Lutheran, “5 things that happen when you get a new pastor”: http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm New people will show up. Some people will leave. Worship will change. New life will spring forth. You will love each other, by God. “This last one is the most…

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What do you get when you cross the Easter Bunny with a pastor after Holy Week? An Easter Basket Case. After a spiritually filled Holy Week that culminates with the wonder of Easter Sunday, it is quite common to find a pastor, staff, and volunteers in need of a nap. Is there any wonder why?…

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It’s about that time again for many of us to dust off our “nice” church clothes for our semi-annual trip to “formal” worship. For some, Christmas Eve and Easter mark their only church outings on the calendar, but even for those of us who go almost every week—Easter is one of the Sundays we are…

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