A Season for Re-Creative Rest

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 If you are...

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From Your Pastoral Team

“God the Father, light-creator, to thee laud and honor be. To thee, Light of Light begotten, praise be sung eternally. Holy Spirit, lightrevealer, glory, glory be to thee. Mortals, angels, now and ever praise the Holy Trinity!”—ELW 511 Bethesda’s pastoral team has...

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Why Worship?

This article begins a series that will focus on the whys of worship. Over the next several months, I will focus on the big question: why worship? as well as examining the whys of the various parts of the worship service (i.e. why sharing of the peace, why communion,...

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$10 Challenge

“Everything is $10.” This was a simple conversation shared between two people at the grocery store. If you want more TV channels, the next package is $10 a month. If you want more internet speed, $10 a month. Want an additional feature for your cellphone, $10 a month....

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From a Distance

Jack and I had an interesting experience on February 20th. I’m not telling you all this to make you think we are wonderful, caring people (Jack was) because in my mind, I wasn’t that day. I know it’s the christian thing to do but come right down to it I was not ready...

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Love is…

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love,...

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Finances: First Things First

What’s the first thing you do each day? What’s the first thing you do when you get home for the day? What’s the first thing you do when you receive your paycheck or social security check or other income? How you answer each of these questions may also answer what is...

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For the second year, we are going to undertake the spiritual practice of receiving a StarWord. On January 8, during worship you will be invited to come forward to choose a star with your guiding word for the year. You can let the Spirit do her work and with eyes...

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Seasons Change…Give Thanks

“In the just reward of labor, God’s will is done. In the help we give our neighbor, God’s will is done. In our world-wide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, in the harvest we are sharing, God’s will is done.” —ELW 679 v2 As fall begins, something seems to...

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Loving Our Neighbors

I want to tell you about a girl, who grew up in this church. She learned a lot of awesome stuff from many of you and some of your parents and grandparents. She didn't know it at the time but from you she learned that service is very important and because of those...

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Electing God

At her founding, the United States of America was unique among the nations of the world. Here, unlike anywhere else, traditional Christianity synthesized with republican political thought. We take this merger for granted today, because the concept of liberty is so...

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