New Liturgy

“Come and gather beneath the tree of life. Come and gather beneath the tree of life—root of wisdom, branch of peace, fruit of healing and release. Come and gather beneath the tree of life.”—Tree of Life by Marty Haugen Music is an important part of worship. The music...

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An Open Invitation

The most favorite part of my job is…YOU. I love talking with each one of you and hearing your stories; I love meeting for coffee (or Diet Coke) or exploring the spaces where you work. I love sitting on your sofa and looking at pictures of your loved ones. To me,...

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Anniversary of a Miracle

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 4 Seek the Lord and his strength;...

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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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Rejoicing In Our Sorrows

“Through [Christ] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character...

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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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