Sermon – August 18, 2019 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

  A Family Affair I wonder if I told you the story about the woman who thought she was a princess.  I don’t remember her name, it was something like Cosmina, and she was convinced that she was a direct descendant and heir to the throne of Romania.  She lived in a studio apartment from … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 28, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

  The Lord’s Prayer Looks to me like people are still having hard time figuring out how to pray. I did a little check of available resources. I found “five tips on how to pray”, ‘nine steps on how to pray (with pictures)”, “six tips for praying”, “six easy steps to prayer,” “five steps to … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 7, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

I don’t how many of you read my newsletter article that came out this week, but if you have not, I would urge you to do so.  What I shared in that article were some observations by a wise bishop from Iowa, Bishop Michael Burk, who has identified what he sees as key marks, key characteristics, key … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 9, 2019 – Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday Wow!  The Pentecost story is quite a show. It’s almost as though it were choreographed by some Hollywood producer who was keyed into what trips our trigger, what keeps our attention. We have pyrotechnics…… Flames dancing on the heads of the gathered…… We had a powerful wind that … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 2, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Easter

  Breaking the Cycles I saw on CNN that a conservative activist recruiting students at Berkley was punched out by an unidentified person, apparently another student.  Last week the editor of an Alabama newspaper wrote that the Klan should ride again an string up folks he called “communist … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 26, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Easter

Peace Time and again, Jesus would bring comfort to his listeners, to his disciples and to the crowds with words of peace.  Do not be afraid.  Do not fear. Peace be with you.  My peace I give you. Let’s take a minute to wonder what he was talking about. What were the people in 1stcentury … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 19, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Easter & Confirmation Sunday

Love, Love, Love Friend was sharing with me some remarks she had heard from people who want to leave the ELCA. Not this church.  Another place entirely. One angry person said at a meeting, “Jesus didn’t say anything about social justice. He had nothing to say about that, so neither should we.” … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 12, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Easter

  The Good Shepherd and the Snatchers I recently had my family DNA evaluated and, not surprisingly, it came back heavy on the Norwegian roots, some Eastern Scandinavia flavored with Russia that reflects my Finnish heritage, and then there was a smattering of genetic markers from all along … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 5, 2019 – Third Sunday after Easter

  He Never Gives Up Let’s remind each other here for a second, just to be clear.    Twice before this encounter the disciples had met the risen Christ, face to face, showed them his wounds.  “We have seen the Lord!” they told Thomas.  He is alive.   They had received the gift of the … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 21, 2019 – Easter

He Is Risen! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Friends, that is what we have to share today. Jesus Christ, who was dead is alive! In our Easter story today death has receded to the shadows, has conceded his chief role in the crucifixion to now a conquered character slinking away … [Read more...]