Our Burdens

Pentecost 7C   July 7 2013  Galatians 6:1-16, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 If I had to choose a color that I most associate with Summer it would be green! Summer is a great green sea, even with the lower than average rainfall we’ve had in our area recently. Green is everywhere; green grass, green trees, green growing…

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Once upon a time…

Pentecost 3C Galatians 1:11-24  Luke 7:11-17 Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl whom everyone loved. Her mother gave her a little cap and cloak made of bright red fabric and from then on, everyone called her little red riding hood. One day her mother said to her, “Little Red Riding Hood,…

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Well, That Was Unexpected

Pentecost Sunday Numbers 11:24-30  Acts 2:1-21  John 20:19-23 It is Pentecost Sunday! Everywhere you look, you can see red and doves. Red paraments, doves in the air, all symbols of the Holy Spirit. This is when we celebrate the birth of the church—the event that is described in our reading from Acts. Today is a…

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Gawk

Easter 7A   Acts 1:6-14 Our lesson for today is from the book of Acts and in it we hear the story of Jesus’ ascension. It is the story behind our words in the creed: He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right had of the father. The disciples watch him go–looking up at…

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Death Valley

Pentecost Year B   Ezekiel 37:1-14  Acts 2:1-21  John 15:26-27; 16:4-15 The Valley of the Dry Bones. Valley of the Dead. Remember that children’s song? Them bones them bones them dry bones this must be the workin of the Lord. Ezekiel, the prophet who inspired that children’s song, was sent by God to the people of…

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Beautiful Distractions

Came across an article here about a young man who was escorted out of a worship service because his “disability” became a “distraction.” Worth a read and a ponder. It is interesting that I came across this article now because I’ve been thinking about just this kind of issue as of late. The intern I…

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The Untame Holy Spirit

I came upon this post quite by accident this morning while looking for something else entirely and I found something about it to be quite profound.  This line in particular “And perhaps mercy and creation aren’t really that different.” There’s some really good stuff there about mercy and what we Lutherans might call grace. It is well…

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