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Sermons

Year ~ 2022

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost - 8/7/2022
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Eighth Sunday After Pentecost - 7/31/2022
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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - 7/24/2022
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Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - 7/17/2022
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Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - 7/10/2022
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Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - 7/3/2022
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Third Sunday After Pentecost - 6/26/2022
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Second Sunday After Pentecost - 6/19/2022
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First Sunday After Pentecost - 6/12/2022
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Pentecost - 6/5/2022
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Seventh Sunday of Easter - 5/29/2022
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Sixth Sunday of Easter - 5/22/2022
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Baccalaureate Sunday - 5/15/2022
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Fourth Sunday of Easter - 5/8/2022
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Third Sunday of Easter - 5/1/2022
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Second Sunday of Easter - 4/24/2022
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Easter Sunday - 4/17/2022
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Easter Vigil - 4/16/2022
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Good Friday - 4/15/2022
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Palm Sunday in Lent - 4/10/2022
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Fifth Sunday in Lent - 4/3/2022
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Fourth Sunday in Lent - 3/27/2022
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Third Sunday in Lent - 3/20/2022
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Second Sunday in Lent - 3/12/2022
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First Sunday in Lent - 3/6/2-2022
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Transfiguration of Our Lord - 2/27/2022
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Seventh Sunday After Epiphany - 2/20/2022
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Sixth Sunday After Epiphany - 2/13/2022
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Fifth Sunday After Epiphany - 2/6/2022
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Fourth Sunday After Epiphany - 1/30/2022
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Third Sunday After Epiphany - 1/23/2022
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Second Sunday After Epiphany - 1/16/2022
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Baptism of our Lord - 1/9/2022
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2nd Sunday of Christmas - 1/2/2022
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Year ~ 2021

1st Sunday of Christmas - 12/26/2021
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Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve - 12/24/2021
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4th Sunday of Advent - 12/19/2021
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3rd Sunday of Advent - 12/12/2021
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2nd Sunday of Advent - 12/5/2021
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1st Sunday of Advent - 11/28/2021
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25th Sunday after Pentacost - 11/13/2021
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Gods Instruction For Times Such As These - 09/26/2021
The Psalm that is appointed for today is an excellent example of how there is always more to learn about these poetic, prayerful and ancient songs to God. For a long time, it was thought that Psalm 19 was a mash up of three different songs.
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Modeling Jesus Heirarchy - 09/19/2021
When I was a seeker looking for a church where I could worship and be part of something bigger and more authentic than I could be on my own, one of the characteristics of the Lutheran tradition that attracted me was the hierarchy of the community. Truth be told, I couldn’t have said that to you for years after I joined an ELCA Lutheran community.
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Face Set Like Flint - 09/12/2021
This determination we hear of in Isaiah, of setting one’s face like flint toward something, is intriguing to me in these busy and strange days we are all in. Flint is a sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of mineral quartz, for you rockhounds out there. It is very, very hard and breaks into sharp edged pieces that can be used to build strong structures, to cut, start fire and grind other materials. Turning your face like flint is to be strong, pointed and unbending toward your goal.
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God's Redemption Busts Through Blindspots - 09/05/2021
This can be an uncomfortable story. I think it should be. The fact that Jesus basically calls this Gentile woman a dog and says the Jewish people he was born into are the ones who deserve the grace and healing presence of God more is often glossed over or rationalized. This is Jesus, after all, Holy Man – Son of God.
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Questioning Traditions and Law-REMIX - 08/29/2021
I know there are mixed feelings about the movie Escanaba in da Moonlight. People seem to love or hate it in the U.P. – not much in between. I happen to be one of those who loves it. I find the characters completely lovable and it’s full of little nuggets of universal truths.
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We Gather Around Food and Flesh-REMIX - 08/15/2021
I come from a family of foodies. My childhood memories are not only my grandmother in the kitchen, also my grandfather. My grandmother owned a popular German restaurant called the Bavaria Haus in the 70s. My father was a trained French chef. My daughter is not only a classically trained chef like her grandfather – she is also a phenomenal pastry chef.
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Thirst, Hunger, Call, Response - 08/08/2021
Many of you have probably heard from me several times now that my favorite version of the Gospel story is Mark’s. My second favorite Gospel is John. I love the way the language and cosmic theology sweeps me into the mysterious and otherworldly love and intention God the creator, God the human, God the Holy Spirit has for me, for you, for everyone you’ve ever met and every will … for the whole of this unfathomable and Divine cosmos.
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What We Crave-Remix - 08/01/2021
“So the people ate - and were well filled, for God gave them what they craved,” (Ps. 78:29) our psalmist proclaims.
This is a very old story in our biblical tradition – the feeding of God's people. It goes back to Moses, among other places, which is where the Old Testament transports us today. This reading from Exodus is part of the foundational story of the Israelites, or the Hebrew people – the ancestors of Jesus and the Galileans … and the spiritual ancestors of us Jesus followers gathered here as Church today.
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Teachable Moments - 07/25/2021
We often call them miracles – Jesus making it possible for 5,000 to be fed with fives loaves and two fishes; Jesus walking on water, proclaiming to the terrified disciples “I Am,” … the same words God used when speaking to Moses through the burning bush. Jesus, as if to say “I Am who I Am, believe it and do not be afraid. Because my will for you always conspires for your benefit – for life.”
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Elaine Robbins - 07/18-2021
What struck me about the Gospel today is how people were drawn to Jesus. Even the disciples, those who are closest to him, gather around Jesus when they return from their missions. When people saw Jesus and his disciples board a boat, they hurried by foot so that they would be there when Jesus went ashore.
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Horrific Story of a Tortured Man - 07/11/2021
This is a horrific story of a tortured man, a victim of violence, lust, honor and shame, power plays, cultural expectations. A man debilitated by the shackles that bound him. A man who could not deny a new and powerful presence of God in the world. A man who lived amazed at that presence of God and the one who made it so plain, so tangible, so perplexing. It is the horrific story of a tortured man named Herod Antipas.
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Were the Disciples Ready - 07/04/2021
We had a good bible study session on this text Wednesday night. The disciples being sent out in small groups is good modeling behavior for bible study. That is not to say individual study of the bible is unhelpful or less than fruitful. I have regularly occurring “a-ha” moments when I’m studying the bible on my own.
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God Hears Me When I Pray - 06/27/2021
We sang this song in Gospel Choir at seminary. It's a simple little song: God hears me when I pray … out of all the people in this great big world, God hears me, God knows my voice and God hears me when I pray. As simple as this song is though, it can move me to tears swiftly.  I mean, really? My voice? … a pin prick of sound in all the noise of creation? My prayer? … surely offered to God my tiny, quiet place in this great cacophony while millions of others lift theirs too? God hears me when I pray? God hears me and even knows it's me?
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Confirmation Camp Gospel Reflection - 06/20/2021
Here's how I will say I experienced the story of Jesus calming chaotic and untamed seas and experiences with just the sound of his voice and simple words, simple prayer.
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Power Packed Parable - REMIX - 06/13/2021
Jesus chose well when he decided to make the parable one of his primary teaching tools. The Gospel of Mark doesn’t use parables as much as it’s sibling gospels, Matthew and Luke, but it’s still seems clear that Jesus used them consistently. Even though they aren’t as numerous in this gospel, our reading today tells us there were more. “With many such parables he spoke the word to them …” It was a foundational part of Jesus’ teaching method.
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Dear Mary and Alice - 06/06/2021
Dear Mary and Alice, our newest sisters in Christ,
The occasion of your baptisms is especially joyous for our community, this early June weekend of 2021. It has been far too long since we’ve been able to gather as a community of Jesus-followers around the sacrament of baptism. We are so thankful and abundantly blessed in the act of welcoming the two of you—and all the wonderful ways in which God has made you—into Christian Community.
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Questions For Times Such As These - 05/30/2021
Nicodemus has come to Jesus in reverence, in the cover of night so as not to be easily found out. He has come seeking … answers maybe, understanding. It is not the social position to which someone like Nicodemus is accustomed. The tone and air of authority he typically carried in his role as a privileged and powerful religious leader in Jerusalem, the tone and air he would have carried with any other wandering rabbi from some Podunk Galilean fishing village—well it all fell away in the presence of Jesus.
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We Write the Second Book of Acts - 05/23/2021
I heard an excellent sermon this week on how we are, right now, with our very lives, writing the story of the Second Book of Acts. I think that is a beneficial way to think about our Christian lives, as individuals and—more critically perhaps—as a collective. We often talk about the marvels of our constantly creating and re-creating God. God created all that we can know and all that we cannot know, and God is not done yet– not with this creation, not with you or me, or the Church. God is not done yet in that place where you find endless joy or that other place that is quite plainly a dumpster fire.
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The Objective of the Evil One-REMIX - 05/16/2021
It is traditional that we read from John 17 on this 7th Week of Easter, just before the Festival of Pentecost. It is the somewhat confounding and yet somehow comforting few moments in John’s story of Jesus’ last hours … it’s the calm before the storm of betrayal and execution. In it we have these beautiful and loving sentiments spoken by Jesus. His words and demeanor in the prayer reveal the great depth to which he loves his disciples. Like many people, I treasure what this text reveals to us about Jesus because we can know with confidence that the love he speaks for those first twelve, even the one who betrayed him, is meant for us too.
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Five Verses From Acts - 05/09/2021
Five verses from Acts do not seem to do the wider story of Cornelius justice. Cornelius is a centurion commander of a foreign military force in Caesarea, a seaport on the Mediterranean Sea about 50 miles west of Jerusalem. He is charged with commanding a cohort or company of soldiers. They are part of an enormous system created to keep the Roman Empire in control, even in the wake of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Cornelius is also known as the first Gentile convert. It’s an unlikely scenario, but I think we often see that God works in powerful and even subversive ways when it comes to what we might deem unlikely.
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I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches - 05/02/2021
“I am the vine, you are the branches.” (John 15.5) It’s a familiar verse to many of us, I dare say. The Gospel of John is known and loved for its “I Am” statements … I am the bread of life, the resurrection, the light of the world, the Good Shepherd, as we heard last week. This is the last of the “I Am” statements. “I am the vine, you are the branches.”
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Third Sunday of Easter - 04/18/2021
My favorite reading today, the one that I have decided to preach about, is the second reading from 1 John. How wonderfully lucky I feel to be able to preach about something as simple as LOVE. So much of the Bible can be difficult to understand. There are many topics that I don’t feel that I have the knowledge or experience to responsibly preach. But love, love is easy. We all know love, feel love and love others. Easy….
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Where Was Thomas - 04/11/2021
Where was Thomas, anyway? How did he miss this? Was he just late? The disciples were in hiding from the Jewish leaders who had just killed their Rabbouni, which Mary Magdalene reminded us just last week, means teacher. The disciples were hiding because they feared they were next in this effort at the highest levels to make the world forget about Jesus of Nazareth. Why wasn’t Thomas locked up in that room with them too?
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Look Around You Easter People - 04/04/2021
Look around you. Everyone you see here right now, everyone you see when you are in church or gathered in Christian community at other times, we’re all here because of the people in this story … Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter … the unnamed disciple “whom Jesus loved.” These are the first Easter people.
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Palm Sunday - 03/28/2021
Passion narrative.
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Faithful Innovations Invite Lifted Up For All - 03/21/2021
Over the last few years, even with the interruption of the pandemic, we have been beginning more of our communal work and study together at Eden with a practice called Dwelling in the Word. As I was reminded again through bible study this week, we have a lot to be thankful for in the ELCA’s persistent and bold invitation to all people to engage in the bible. Luther wrestled the good book out of the hands of the elite 500 years ago and we reap the gifts of God’s word because of it abundantly, in individual study and in coming around the Word in community. Both are necessary.
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The Judgment Has Come (REMIX) - 03/14/2021
I had a chance to get away recently and I went up to that little cabin near L’Anse I’ve told some of you about. It’s just a simply-appointed cabin out in the woods, 200 yards from the Lake Superior shoreline, with a great wood-fired sauna and no Wi-Fi. There is just a level of relaxation, restoration and resetting I am able to do when I am out in the woods and on the lake like that. I know it’s a love, a connection to God and creation and a privilege many of us share.
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The Economy of God - 03/07/2021
I heard a passionate retelling of our Exodus reading of God’s covenantal law handed down to us through Moses. The comments were made by the Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore, who is an African American preaching professor over at Luther Seminary. She framed the reading in a way that firmly planted it in the ears of those who do not feel free – like the newly liberated Hebrew people Moses was leading when he came down that holy mountain, tablets balanced in the crooks of his arms. Or perhaps even in the enslaved grandparents and ancestors of Dr. Moore herself; or some of us who have felt trapped or overwhelmed by disease, loss, hunger, isolation, our sin, the transgressions of another, etc., etc.
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What Does KOG Mean Anyway (REMIX) - 02/21/2021
I don’t know if you’ e notice, but for weeks now verse 15 from our gospel reading today has been finding its way into our sermons on Mark. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mk 1:15). This verse is the foundation on which the rest of Mark's story builds. Our reading for today gives us the opportunity to open that verse up a little more – particularly, to think and hear God speaking to us about what it means that the Kingdom of God has come near. We say that, but do we say it enough or really listen to what that means?
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A Secret Transfiguration Witness - 02/14/2021
I wrote this first-person narrative of an imagined and unexpected witness to the transfiguration three years ago when we were last dwelling in Mark’s Gospel. I enjoy doing this style of reflection on the scriptures and it strikes me how relevant they can remain. Three years ago, we would have never guessed that this pandemic would be upon us when we came back around to Mark again in February of 2021. And yet, these stories that give us a glimpse of what it may have been to be on the earth at the same time as our Lord Jesus, continue to speak powerfully into any time.
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Guest Sermon - Elaine Robbins - 02/07/2021
A few weeks ago, I read the gospel for today and I was struck by Jesus healing and casting out demons. I thought, Jesus still does this today. Jesus heals. And Jesus still casts out demons. I don’t mean horror movie demons, but demons as anything that comes between us and God. Anything that keeps us from living the life that He wants for us. Anything that interrupts our peace and shakes our faith in Him.
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Naming Praying Our Way Into Discipleship - 01/31/2021
The Gospel writer isn’t messing around, friends. We’re not even out of the first chapter of Mark yet. Jesus is baptized and immediately driven by the Spirit into the wilderness where he contends with the Satan. He preaches his first sermon: “The kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news!” (Mk 1.15) And then he begins calling disciples. And now he is teaching them, and all the others at the synagogue in Capernaum, with authority. His presence fills the room. All eyes are on him. All ears are tingling, as this nobody from Nazareth quickly gains authority with his relevant interpretation of familiar scriptures, something the other scribes and teachers have apparently not been able to do. And that gets us to verse 23. We’re moving fast.
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Time Is Fulfilled - 01/24/2021
The concept of time came up in our Wednesday night faith formation/bible study group this past week. We were reading from the first account of creation – when God created the night and day, the sun and the moon. And, in the process of all that, set into motion the great, sometimes fiery ballet of the universe. And so, our seasons were also born – a basic sense of time and rhythm most of us live by.
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Come and See God's Post Pandemic Creation - 01/17/2021
There is one verse in this account of the child Samuel being called into his vocation as a trustworthy prophet of the Lord that consistently catches my attention. In fact, it helps set the whole tone and scene for this part of God’s story. Samuel is a child, we learn right away. He was studying to be a priest and prophet under Eli. And … “The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.” (1 Sam 3:1)
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