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April 7, 2020

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  • April 7, 2020

As we journey into Lent, preparing to commemorate Jesus’ death and resurrection, our lectionary readings invite us to consider his humanity.   We learn how Jesus suffered temptation (Hebrews 2:18), desperation (Luke 22:42-44) and grief (John 11:33). These stories remind us that, through Jesus, God accompanies us through life’s trials and uncertainties. But even before the incarnation, God walked alongside God’s people.  God created and then placed the human in the garden (Genesis 2:15). Even after Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden, God continued pursuing God’s people. In Genesis 12, God commanded Abram to leave his home and family […]

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April 6, 2020

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If we think of Lent as a time of fasting and preparation for the salvation that God in Christ is accomplishing for the whole world, then we enter into the great Three Days ready to behold such holy, mysterious work. The people of the exodus awaited their promised deliverance from slavery by eating a meal, already dressed for travel, as though they were certain that their salvation would come that night. We too gather to listen, eat, and pray with trust that our deliverance from sin, death, and all that separates us from God is also near. Like our ancestors, […]

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April 3, 2020

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  • April 4, 2020

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God,   did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,  7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. [Philippians 2: 5-8] People have asked me on occasion about my favorite Bible passages. One of the is Matthew 6: 33- seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. In this […]

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April 2, 2020

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28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. [Romans 8:28] In an article in Living Lutheran called “Shaping the Church for the COVID-19 Generation”, Pastor Lee Ann Pomrenke starts with some questions: What happens in childhood doesn’t stay in childhood. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, as my husband and I improvise a school routine for our children at home, host church services online and answer every question with “not until the coronavirus time is over.” I have questions too. Will our children be shaped […]

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April 1, 2020

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  • April 1, 2020

The Other Side What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Center down.   Know that we are all connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You can’t deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that’s become clear.) All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting. All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a […]

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March 31, 2020

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Popular culture has repurposed the term “blessing” to suggest a reward for faithfulness or an income of good things. But in Scripture, blessings can be inconvenient, risky and wild moments that reveal another way to be. These blessings have textures that transform our hearts, change our views, move our feet to a new location or prompt us to honor that space we’re meant to hold. 1Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I […]

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March 27, 2020

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  • March 27, 2020

24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.                                                                                                Romans 8: 24,25 To follow up a bit on yesterday’s ponderings, Paul addresses our uncertainties – the fact that we can’t see the road ahead clearly – by assuring us that God is present even – or perhaps especially – when we can’t see the next steps. When he says that we wait with patience, it isn’t about sitting back and doing nothing. […]

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March 26, 2020

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  • March 26, 2020

“Seeing has fooled me into thinking I have a clear view of where the road leads. “ This quote is from a book by Barbara Brown Taylor called Learning to Walk in the Dark.” She goes on to quote what she calls “an old prayer” from the Book of Common Prayer: Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. God’s presence illuminates both night and day for us as we learn over and […]

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March 24, 2020

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  • March 24, 2020

Luther wrote the letter “Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague” as disease passed through his hometown of Wittenberg. As coronavirus threatens our neighbors and loved ones, we invite you to reflect on how we can best protect each other.                                 From: spirit: The newsletter of the Florida-Bahamas Synod Some of you may know about the Myers-Briggs Personality Index. It’s a tool for “sussing out” a person’s preferred way of interacting with others amd responding to situations. In seminary, it’s a required part of jumping through hoops- and rightly so. One of the parameters on the index is introvert/extrovert. […]

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March 22, 2020

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  • March 22, 2020

The gospel lesson for this morning is the entire 9th chapter of the Gospel of St. John, much to long for a short daily message. In summary, then, it is the story of “The Man Born Blind.” Jesus sees him, has compassion, and heals him. The immediate result of the “sign” is mass confusion, disbelief and anger. Friends and neighbors are confused and who could blame them – restoring sight to someone who has been blind since birth is unprecedented. The religious leaders feel threatened; they question everything about what happened and about Jesus. I think it’s easy to wonder […]

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