New Year’s Blowout

New Year’s Blowout

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the people of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of complete rest, a holy convocation commemorated with trumpet blasts. You shall not work at your occupations; and you...

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Mary and the Indwelling Word

Mary and the Indwelling Word

During the Sundays in Advent we will dwell in Mary’s story. Our focus scripture for this Receiving, Responding, Rejoicing season includes the encouragement to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16). No doubt, Mary is a wonderful witness to this...

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Joy To The World

Joy To The World

“…with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.”—Colossians 3:16 Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let ev'ry heart prepare him room and heav'n and nature sing, and heav'n and nature sing, and heav'n, and...

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Receiving, Responding, Rejoicing

Receiving, Responding, Rejoicing

On Reformation Day, Pastor Steve and I held a conversational sermon about God’s activity in our lives - some of the ways we receive God’s goodness, respond to Christ’s grace, and rejoice in the Spirit. Here, I’d like to share a few more thoughts along these lines to...

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Faith Alone: The Heart of Everything

Faith Alone: The Heart of Everything

“Anders, it is not your sins that separate you from God, but your virtues. Or more properly: it is that you need to have something to bring before you step before God. This is why God has allowed you to be stripped of the shroud of holiness that you wore in Fröjerum....

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A Time Of Transition

A Time Of Transition

Thine the truly thine the yes thine the table we the guest thine the mercy all from thee thine the glory yet to be then the ringing and the singing then the end of all the war thine the living thine the loving evermore evermore.—ELW 826 I decided to start my article...

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Good News for Anxious Christians

Good News for Anxious Christians

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary, the devil prowls around, looking for someone...

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To the Exiles

To the Exiles

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood:...

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The Given Life

The Given Life

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” ~John 10:11 “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.” ~Jesus to Peter, John 21 In one of his Port William short stories, Wendell Berry describes the love that comes from true knowledge as...

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Triduum

Triduum

Triduum (TRID-oo-um) a Latin term meaning “three days.” So much of what we know and understand about Easter is shaped by the events of Holy Week. Did you know that we begin worship on Maundy Thursday and that worship continues until the announcement of Jesus’...

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