O Come Emmanuel

There are two occasions during the church year that can be difficult to preach. It’s not what you’d think really. It’s Christmas and Easter. The truth is that the stories we tell at these times of the year: the birth of the Savior and the resurrection of that Savior, all for love of us, are…

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Teach Us To Pray

Pentecost 10C July 20 2013  Luke 11:1-13 Virtually every time we have a funeral or wedding at our church, there will be a non Lutheran person in attendance who will approach me with something they’ve noticed in the worship service. Most of the time, they are people who have been or are active in another…

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Why Is This Different?

Maundy Thursday   Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31-35 Why is this night different from all other nights?  For starters, everything is in a different order than any other worship service of the whole year. I’m here in the pulpit doing a sermon at the very beginning of everything, which seems odd but since…

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Pray-as-you-go

Pray-as-you-go is a great site with mp3 files with daily prayer for each day. There’s lovely music, scripture, brief meditation for every day of the week. It’s created by the Jesuits in Britain.  I think it is the same site that had online prayer a few years ago. Each one is quite short–less than twenty minutes–and…

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It’s Just One Little Prayer

Today I received an email forwarded to me that included a statement defending public Christian prayer attributed to Andy Rooney. It was actually not written by Rooney but I will not elaborate on that too much because that isn’t my point. The full text of the statement, the actual author and its circulation history can…

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