Today I Am Thankful

“Sing to the Lord of harvest your songs of love and praise; with joyful hearts and voices your alleluias raise; by him the rolling seasons in fruitful order move; sing to the Lord of harvest, a joyous song of love.”—ELW 694 The air on my morning walks has been getting...

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You Are God’s Halloween Mask

“What else is all our work to God—whether in the fields, in the garden, in the city, in the house, in war, or in government—but just such a child’s performance, by which He wants to give His gifts in the fields, at home, and everywhere else? These are the masks of...

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On Our Hearts

I’ve never been one to say that “God has placed something on my heart.” I’m not sure why, especially since my heart is the place where all my decisions are made. But, there has always been one thing, that has tugged at me since before Steve and I were even married....

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The Hard Stuff

“I had this feeling come over me today that most people are good and decent. We just LOOK at the bad ones too much. And then our perspective is distorted and we think the whole world is like that. But most are good. Don’t @ me with all the evil present in the world. I...

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It’s Easier to Float in a Boat

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the...

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Holden Village Trip 2018

On June 22nd, a group of 15 left for an adventure at Holden Village. Holden is the kind of place that you have to plan to get there. Actually, our plans began before Christmas in 2017. The 22nd was our travel day to Wenatchee, WA. It was an 8 hour drive or so and we...

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The Grace of Dogs

“Be thou comforted, little dog, thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail.” ~Martin Luther It’s the dog days of summer…without our dog. On July 26th, we thanked Porter and hugged him as he slipped into silence. Andrea and I adopted Porter nearly twelve...

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The Whole Story

“The woman, knowing what had happened, knowing she was the one, stepped up in fear and trembling, knelt before [Jesus], and gave him the whole story. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be...

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From Your Pastoral Team: June 2018

Into your hands, almighty God, we place ourselves: our minds to know you, our hearts to love you, our wills to serve you, for we are yours. Into your hands, incarnate Savior, we place ourselves: receive us and draw us after you, that we may follow your steps; abide in...

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Getting to the Bowels of the Matter

Something about an internal organ rupture has had me thinking about my guts lately. Did you know the “seat of the emotions” in the Old Testament was not simply the heart but also the bowels? I recall comedian Mark Lowry saying a lot of love songs would be ruined by...

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A Letter from Sarah

My dear friends, After this latest bout with pneumonia (the second one in eight months), I feel like I need to be a bit more transparent about what is going on with me, physically and emotionally. About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, an...

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