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Holy Week 2019: Middle. End. Beginning.

Beginning. Middle. End. That’s always the order. Of course. BEGINNINGS: Well, babies. New ventures. First day of school. So often full of hope. Excitement! Anticipation! Dreams! Though probably mixed with anxiety. Awkwardness. Trepidation. THE MIDDLE: Well, everything’s that’s not the beginning or the end. It covers a lot of ground. Ups. Downs. Sideways. The same […]

“Cancelling” Church, and Worshipping Together Anyway!

After a great deal of back and forth, Pastor Gretchen and I have decided to cancel worship services at the church tomorrow. It’s supposed to get down to 15 degrees tonight, and that means any wetness on the roads will freeze, and still be frozen tomorrow a.m. While some of us could make it if […]

Christian Advocacy 101

Advocacy: public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy (Merriam Webster Dictionary) I have a confession. I came late to Christian advocacy – or public advocacy of any kind. I certainly felt angry and moaned and complained about injustices I saw. Moreover, I was (and still am) an expert at participating in […]

SERMON: June 10, 2018 “Hiding From God” Pastor Gretchen Mertes

(listen along for a more enhanced sermon experience!) First Reading / Gospel Genesis 3:8-15 8 [Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the […]

SERMON: June 3, 2018 “The Courage to Rest” Pastor Kathy Hawks

(listen along for a more enhanced sermon experience!) Gospel Mark 2:23–3:6 Jesus challenges the prevailing interpretation of what is lawful on the sabbath and tells his critics that the sabbath was made for humankind, not the other way around. Healing the man with the withered hand is work that cannot wait until the next day. […]

SERMON: May 27, 2018 “Uh Oh” Pastor Kathy Hawks

(listen along for a more enhanced sermon experience!) Gospel John 3:1-17 1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do […]

From the Pastor: May 2018

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you;    the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;    and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know    that the hand of the […]

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