Awe & Mystery

Awe & Mystery

Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.—from Joel 2:13 I am often drawn to the awe and mystery of God. Awe and mystery are in many ways lost in a world where we believe that we have to or can prove...

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Broken Bread

Broken Bread

Many approaches to the season of Lent begin with our stomach. What appetites might we curb or ignore for forty days? What other comforts filling metaphorical bellies need chastening or redirection? Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness begins, too, with his bodily...

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Okay. What’s Next?

Okay. What’s Next?

I’m a planner. I’m a great planner. I love filling out my new calendar for the year. I color-code each family member’s activities. I have stickers and bullet points. It is a thing of beauty. I also love the research that it takes to coordinate a family trip, and have...

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Curiosity

Curiosity

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.”— Luke 6:37-38a Well, if that isn’t a lot to start a Monday with! And yet, I feel like this fits with what I...

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On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand

On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand. - From My Hope is Built on Nothing Less ELW 596 I want to start this years report with my final paragraph from last years report: I am looking forward to the day...

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To Cherish And To Struggle

To Cherish And To Struggle

“I think that the Church is the only thing that is going to make the terrible world we are coming to endurable; the only thing that makes the Church endurable is that it is somehow the body of Christ and that on this we are fed. It seems to be a fact that you have to...

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Body of Christ

Body of Christ

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —1 Corinthians 12:12 I wonder how Paul might adjust this imagery in today’s world. Many of the members of Bethesda have replaced knees...

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O Come, O Come, Emmanu-Adam

O Come, O Come, Emmanu-Adam

“…and they shall name him ‘Emmanu-el,’ which means, ‘God is with us.’” ~Matthew 1:23b Now that the Welch family has made the switch to an artificial Christmas Tree, our tree will have no trouble making it to Epiphany, January 6, the 12th day of Christmas. In previous...

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Baptism

Baptism

Since the start of my ministry, I have collected pictures with the people I have baptized. I was inspired by a doctor who had a wall full of pictures of children he had delivered over the years. I made the mistake of not writing the names of the children on the back...

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Purposeful Decisions

Purposeful Decisions

From Bethesda’s Administrative Coordinator, Amy Weinkauf This year, as my family sat around the table for our traditional Christmas Eve meal, we commented how much we had enjoyed the Advent season. When was the last time we felt that way? We paused for a moment trying...

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Walking Backward to Bethlehem

Walking Backward to Bethlehem

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.” ~Galatians 4:4-5 I’ve been teaching through Chad Bird’s wonderful book on...

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