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Church Year ~ 2016-2017
Jesus Gives Us a Choice - 07/09/2017
Today's gospel reading from Matthew may contain one of the most compelling invitations we can use in trying to convince others to come and gather with us here for a short time on Saturday evenings or Sunday mornings.
Because, let's face it, the reasons used to tell us why we should go to church in previous times – whether those reasons were good or bad, right or wrong – just don't seem to work very well anymore.
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Comments On Return - 07/02/2017
Hello Church!
We're back from Columbus, Ohio, …  returned last night.
Spent a week with the community of and around Church for All People.
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The Ones Jesus Sent - 06/18/2017
I think it's quite appropriate that on Father's Day, we have what seems like a boring and insignificant list of the twelve Apostles Jesus sends out into the mission field of the world as they knew it. They were sent to cast out unclean spirits and cure every disease and every sickness.
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Balancing Order and Chaos - 06/11/2017
You may notice our sermon text today is a generous portion of scripture. So, I'm approaching it a little differently. I'm not going to make you stand through it, for one thing. I've also woven the sermon in with the text, so I'll be going back and forth between the biblical text and the sermon.
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Breathed Into By Jesus - 06/04/2017
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever.” (John 14.16) We heard Jesus say to his disciples just last week in this faith community. It is part of his final teaching and preaching to the disciples, which he ended with that prayer to God of radical love on behalf of his disciples and all of us who would also become disciples through them.
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We Get Attached - 05/28/2017
We get attached to things.If you asked a sociologist about this human tendency, they might say that we develop this behavior very early on, sometimes becoming quickly attached to rather surprising things. Any of us who has ever known a small child has probably witnessed this. 
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Sidling Up To Difference Of The Unknown God - 05/21/2017
I'm going to add a few verses to the beginning and the end of our appointed reading from the 17th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. {Reading from Acts} When I hear this story from Acts we have before us today, I don't know about you, but I don't really see too much difference between then and now.
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We Dwell, God Dwells - 05/14/2017
Back in the 1970s when I was little, my mom was struggling and scraping to keep me and my brother and sister fed and to keep a roof over our heads. As a country, we were dealing with a recession and an energy crisis. On a personal level we were weathering a whole different storm.
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Life Abundant In American Ears - 05/07/2017
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
One could pretty convincingly argue that every single “I Am...” statement Jesus makes in John's gospel rests upon this promise we have from God.
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Do We Recognize Jesus - 04/30/2017
When I was a wee girl, I had a few rather fantastic ideas about how things work in the world. For instance, I thought everybody's dad had to take a turn at being president of the United States and so when I learned that you had to be 35 to be president I deduced that when my dad turned 35, it would be his turn.
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Easter 2 - John 20:19-31 04/23/2017 - Bruce Dausey
Well it's been quite a while since I had to write my own sermon, I initially had some trouble getting into the grove of this. Audio

Easter 2 - John 20:19-31 04/22/2017 - George Balko
The disciples were hiding behind locked doors. They were lost, confused, and terrified. They had seen the rulers take their leader Jesus and torcher Him and kill Him on a cross.
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Do Not Be Afraid & Go - Easter Sunday - 04/16/2017
This Easter Sunday officially closes our season of Lent – 40 days we set aside each year to pray and reflect on where in our lives we could stand to draw closer to God. Where we need to repent and turn our lives back toward God and God's desire to be in deep relationship with us. I wanted to tell you about an experience I had on the very first day of Lent – Ash Wednesday.
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A New Commandment - Maundy Thursday - 04/13/2017
We've had a lot of long Gospel readings of late. Large readings can be a little challenging to handle in our worship together but over all, I think we gain a lot by taking in these wider pieces of our story of Jesus. And so today, when the appointed reading has been pared down to make it a little more manageable, I'm going to include the omitted verses from chapter 13, because I feel they are calling out to be read this year.
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Palm Sunday / Passion Play - 04/09/2017
On this Palm Festival and Passion weekend we also remember Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was born in 1906 in Germany. He was a Lutheran pastor, a theologian, and a spy in his anti-Nazi efforts, which ultimately led to his execution by the Gestapo on April 9, 1945, in the Flossenburg concentration camp.
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Unbound & Shimmering - 04/02/2017
The holy gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord. (John 11: 1-44)
This is about us. This whole story begins by setting the scene of a community – not by telling us where it takes place, what the weather was like, what the people were eating or anything like that – but by revealing things about who these people were.
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God Anoints - 03/26/2017
“Everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light.” (Eph 5:13-14)
Our reading from Ephesians this week reminded me of a song by Liz Vice, one of my favorite contemporary Christian artists. I'm going to sing the refrain a few times today. Feel free to join in if you like.
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The Samartian Disciple - 03/19/2017
For many years and in many places, the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the well has been couched as a story of Jesus' encounter with a tarnished woman – a harlot or an adulteress.
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Living In The Tension Between God And Fearmongers - 03/15/2017
Some say the Bible tells us “do not be afraid,” or “do not fear” 365 times – enough times for a different verse to guide us through each day of the year.
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Following Nicodemus Thru Baptismal Waters - 03/12/2017
I love to track the story of Nicodemus in the Gospel of John. It takes place over three passages and today, we have the first before us.
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Renouncing The Devil and Evil Forces - 03/05/2017
“If you are the Son of God” – show me, prove it. The devil is taunting Jesus. It's hard to know exactly who could see the Spirit of God when it came down and landed on Jesus as he came up out of those baptismal waters.
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Ash Wednesday: Isaiah 58 - 03/01/2017
The events of the week just since Sunday have been bringing the scriptures alive as I read them this week. The gospel reading we traditionally have on Ash Wednesday has been in the background of discussions Larry and I have had with each other and others about what our Lenten disciplines will include this year.
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Confidence Markers - 02/26/2017
This story we have from Matthew on this Transfiguration Sabbath is one of those biblical texts that begs us to enter into it and imagine what it could have been like for those who were there.
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A Third Way - 02/19/2017
Way back in another chapter of my life, I was a newspaper reporter working for a guy who was kind of a jerk. What I didn't know at the time was that he was having some serious health issues that were effecting his ability to perform his job duties, but he didn't want to lose his job, so he kept it a secret … for way too long.
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Old and New Law of God - 02/12/2017
Earlier this week I was sitting in my office at home, quietly working, minding my own business. I looked up and Larry was in the doorway and he blessed me.
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Salt And Light And Perfection - 02/05/2017
You are the salt of the earth.
You are the light of the world, Jesus says to each of us today.
I think there's a lot of really interesting stuff in this next section of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount we have this week. And it gets interesting right off the bat.
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Jesus Ministry Gods Agency - 01/29/2017
Over the next month or so, we will take a very close look at the beginning of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Today we have the beatitudes. Next week it's the salt and light part of Jesus' sermon. From there, we'll touch on topics of anger, adultery, divorce and oaths; retaliation and enemies; and finally serving two masters and Jesus urging us not to worry, not to live life in fear.
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First Jesus Withdrew - 01/22/2017
Doing this Discover Islam education series in the community on Thursday nights has stirred up memories of my experiences in interfaith studies in seminary.
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We Are Waiting, We Are Called, Jesus Abides - 01/15/2017
“I waited and waited for the Lord ...” That's how I, and not a few others, would have translated the first line of Psalm 40. The Psalmist sings that she “qavah, qavany, Yahweh. I waited and waited for the Lord ...”
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Baptism of Our Lord - 01/08/2017
The Baptism of our Lord is one of those feast days that came to the Western Christian calendar in much later years. Prior to 1955 the baptism of Jesus had been celebrated as part of the feast of Epiphany – the revelation of the true identity of Jesus to the Magi from foreign lands in the East. And before that, it didn't have a place on the church calendar at all.
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God In The Escape - 01/01/2017
I know in these contentious times it's hard to talk about certain topics and issues … things that the current divisions in our country seem to escalate into bitter disagreement before a word is even spoken.
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What Mary Treasured and Pondered - 12/24/2016
Mary was “in the know” from the beginning. Before Jesus became big enough to start interacting with the world a little bit, before he became the great teacher and revolutionary who we still study today, before he was persecuted and lynched, before the empty tomb that defied all logic and poured God's love over all of creation, before all of that, Mary knew Jesus.
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Unexpected and Mysterious Ways of God - 12/18/2016
I'd like to tell you a story tonight that some of you may have heard before, because it's part of my call story. But I think it will help me talk about one of the ways the gospel writer explains God's love for us in the story of our beloved Savior … so I think it bears repeating.
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I Want to See the Kingdom - 12/11/2016
Who is this John the Baptist? This is the second time he shows up in the Gospel, according to Matthew.
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In Our Reading from Romans - 12/04/2016
In our reading from Romans, Paul writes, “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and Peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound with Hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Elaine Robbins
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Church Year ~ 2015-2016
Jesus Breaks In - 11/27/2016
We're going to reflect on God's Word a little differently today. Doing things a little differently sometimes keeps our ears –  and our whole selves really –  open to the transformative power of God's word in our lives.
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Christ the King - 11/20/2016
The Feast of Christ the King is a contemporary contribution to our church calendar. It was introduced by Pope Pius XI in 1925. The pope said he was concerned that more and more people in Europe were becoming disconnected from the church, drawn to other allegiances, focuses, missions, interests.
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Healing In His Wings - 11/13/2016
“But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.” (Malachi 4:2a)
I wonder if words like those we read today from the prophet Malachi infiltrated the thoughts and dreams of the Jewish people after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem – after the sack of the entire city by Titus in the year 70? It is the event Jesus foretells in our Gospel reading today.
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We Are a Great Cloud of Witnesses - 11/06/2016
Luke's sermon on the plain.... It speaks powerfully into this service today – our day set aside to name, in particular, those we have commended to God in the last year. Grief over these losses is still quite raw.
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Son of Man Saves Son of Abraham - 10/30/2016
We were talking this week in bible study about how when the bible is translated from its language of origin into a language we read and speak, choices are made that affect the way we understand these stories.
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Portraits of Reliance on God - 10/23/2016
The parable seems clear in its teaching on the surface—don't suppose your are better or worse than anyone else—even if you have devoted your life to being a God-fearing, law-abiding Pharisee... “for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14b)
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Give Me My Blessing - 10/16/2016
I don't want to talk about the widow and the unjust judge today – as good a story as it is. I want to talk about Jacob in our Old Testament reading.
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God Still at Work on the Nine - 10/09/2016
One weekend during my internship several years ago, I spent about 24 hours at the Southwest Minnesota Junior High Gathering in Willmar, MN.
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More Please - 10/02/2016
When I hear something like this … when I hear the apostles say to Jesus, demand, really, “Increase our faith!” my mind will often turn to music from “Oliver!”
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About that Chasm - 09/25/2016
Two roads lead in to Dettifoss (Det-TEE-foss) – a huge waterfall in Iceland that tourists flock to by the hundreds, if not thousands.
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God Sees Us, God Needs Us - 09/11/2016
For many, many people, this is a lovely and comforting picture of God we have here in what is often called Luke's chapter of the lost.
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The Fullness of Discipleship - 09/04/2016
I don't know about you, but whenever I hear this story from Luke, a picture forms in my mind of these large crowds. I imagine they are people engaged in conversation, and that they are rather spirited and energetic for a group of people traveling through a dry and hot land.
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A New Economy of Power - 08/28/2016
Have you people heard of this Rabbi Jesus from Nazareth? He's not like any rabbi I've ever met or heard about. My whole family, my whole town is talking about him and rejoicing over the things he has said and done – especially after this Sabbath dinner that was held at the house of the Pharisee Simon.
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Jesus Sees, Jesus Calls, Jesus Frees - 08/21/2016
You might think at the first run through this story that this sort of thing doesn't really happen any more.... We might hear the story and let it create scenes in our minds and stir up feelings in our guts that shape it as a story of antiquity.
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Sermon by Bruce Dausey - 08/14/2016
When I first rtead this week's lesson, I wasn't very inspired. Everyone who knows me, knows I like to look on the bright side of things. I'm a big beleiver in that there's some good in everything. So I had some trouble with this week's text.
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Tresure Of Our Heart - 08/07/2016
One of the great treasures Larry and I have enjoyed since being back here in the Upper Peninsula is that while we were gone at seminary, the majority of our grandchildren got old enough to come spend a week … on their own … with Grannie Annie and Grandpaman.
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The Fool Who Was Rich - 07/31/2016
The parable from Luke we read today about the rich fool contains a warning that we need to hear repeatedly … and not just repeatedly in the course of our individual lifetimes, but regularly throughout the parade of humanity that started so long ago and that we carry into the ages yet to come through our lives today.
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Hospitable Contradiction - 07/17/2016
It would seem we have before us today a contradictory teaching on hospitality in this story of two sisters who invite Jesus into their home.
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What Will Happen If I Don't Help This Man - 07/10/2016
This has been a sorrowful week. Not even a week, really … it's been so much longer than that.
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The Gift of Peace - 07/03/2016
When I was a kid growing up in the Chicago area, I quickly became used to seeing certain people on the street.
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Face Set to Jerusalem - 06/26/2016
The people Jesus encounters as he makes his Way through Galilee and beyond; as he makes his Way through the crowds of people he draws; as he makes his Way to the cross … all these people ….  have seen or imagined this look in Jesus' eyes before.
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No Where Is Off Limits For God - 06/19/2016
Our readings this week offer us a couple of portraits of people and places that others have given up on …
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Through Christ We Are Freed to Live - 06/12/2016
This little dinner party at the religious leader Simon's house we read about in today's gospel took place at a time when hospitality was no little matter. When a host or a guest fell short in terms of table manners or social etiquette, it was very serious.
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Jesus Meets Us At The Gate - 06/05/2016
Surely, the widow looked at that gate with some strange toxic mix of dread, resignation and loss. 
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Faith Of A Centurion - 05/29/2016
If I were back on the prairie of my internship in southwest Minnesota, my Lutheran ladies would have looked at this week's readings – particularly the selections from 1 Kings and Luke – and the fact that we are welcoming four new members into the family of Eden on the Bay and they would smile knowingly at each other. Then they would have called this kind of thing a “God wink.”
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Much to Come - 05/22/2016
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now,” Jesus says to his disciples in our reading from John today. It's an attention grabbing line. What does he mean? And why can't we “bear” it?
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The Flame We Inherited ~ Pentecost - 05/15/2016
Earlier this week, Brittany – our awesome church secretary – was telling me a story about she and Eric and the girls sitting around one of the first campfires of the season.
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In the Rubble of the Quake - 05/08/2016
This text from Acts so very dramatic. It has all the makings for a Hollywood movie.
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John 14.23 -29 - 05/01/2016
Good morning. I am very happy to be here in Eden and I bring you many greetings from your companion synod in Tanzania. Pastor Stephanie Franz
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By Our Love - 04/24/2016
Most of the time, when I begin reading the the texts that are coming up for worship each week, I am drawn to one in particular.
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Speak Plainly To Us - 04/17/2016
“Speak plainly to us, Jesus. Are you the Messiah or not?” For us reading this story at this time, some 2,000 years after the crucifixion, in our season of Easter when the news of the empty tomb is still pretty fresh in our ears, it may seem like a pretty strange demand the Jewish leaders are making of Jesus.
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Thomas Days - 04/03/2016
I'd like to tell you a story about my Grandma Bernice. She has been gone now for almost 10 years and I can still see her dancing to weather station jazz and hear her reminding me “God doesn't make junk.”
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Remember (Easter Sunday) - 03/27/2016
This is not what  Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women expected to find when they went to the tomb that morning.
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Day of Preparation - 03/24/2016
It is the day of preparation for the Passover meal.
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Palms to Passion - 03/20/2016
Like the people in our gospel story today, we are drawn in by the palms and left with the heaviness of the passion.
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God of the Unexpected - 03/13/2016
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then we were like those who dream,” (126:1) the Psalmist says to us today.
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Giving Up Enemies - 03/09/2016
Our theme this week is giving up enemies. That's a big one – harder for many of us, I would guess, than giving up chocolate or negative thinking during Lent.
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I Recognize Myself in the Lost Son - 03/06/2016
A couple of weeks ago we had a visitor here. He was a man down on his luck and he was quite open about it with me and  others he encountered here.
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Urgency of Our Repentance - 02/28/2016
There certainly is an overall theme of repentance and a sense of urgency in this story and parable we have from the gospel of Luke today.
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Trust Your Belief - 02/21/2016
There are so many directions one could go with the texts before us this week.
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Bread Power Self Preservation - 02/14/2016
These are the fundamental elements of the temptations of Jesus, the tests being administered to him in our story today.
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Ash Wednesday - 02/10/2016
Bibliography for works cited in Gospel reflections
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Two Mountains and a Toddler - 02/07/2016
The tables were turned in our house this past week. Usually Larry is the one who knows what is on TV and what I might like to watch.
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Love's Capacity for Tension - 01/31/2016
Paul's letter of love to the Corinthians today is familiar to many people.
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God Revealed In Water Wine People - 01/17/2016
In this season of the Epiphany we've been moving through the diversity of the Gospels to come up with a nicely rounded picture of what has been revealed in Jesus.
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Prayerful Role Model - 01/10/2016
When I was in seminary, one of my areas of academic focus was on interfaith studies.
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A Messenger's Response To Immanuel - 01/03/2016
It is part of the nature of seasons like Advent and Christmas that create the space for us to truly get carried away in the story of the birth of Jesus.
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Famous Child, No Paparazzi - 12/24/2015
I have a confession to make – I am one of those people who is absolutely fascinated by the royal family of Britain.
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Little Bethlehems Of Ephrathah (Sunday) - 12/20/2015
Advent is the season of expectation. So what can we expect, we may want to ask ourselves.
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Little Bethlehems Of Ephrathah (Saturday) - 12/19/2015
We're almost there. The event we've been looking toward in these last four weeks is just over the crest of the next few days.
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Brood of Vipers Baptism - 12/13/2015
We don't hear from this prophet Zephaniah very much. This is only one of two times in three years of lectionary readings that we go to this short book of a man called by God to warn the people of the danger of their indifferent attitude toward God.
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Legacy of My Messenger - 12/06/2015
John the Baptist – the forerunner … the messenger – has come to visit us again in the midst of our Advent journey. Just as in years before, he is calling us to repent, offering up freely the forgiveness of our sins in the living waters of baptism.
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Promise of God Not Broken - November 29, 2015
This is one of those seasons of the church year where what we do and say as a community of faith gathered together here can be so different and even contrary to our day-to-day lives outside of here.
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Church Year ~ 2014-2015

Thanksgiving - November 24, 2015
"Do not worry," Jesus says to us this evening, and he does not phrase it as a suggestion or gentle guidance, but a command.
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Christ teh Kingdom - November 21, 2015
Jesus never referred to himself as “King.”
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Both and in the Rubble - November 15, 2015
All week long, I thought I was seeing and hearing pretty clearly what the Holy Spirit was moving in these apocalyptic texts.
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Posture and Widows - November 08, 2015
One of the striking things about this story is Jesus' posture and positioning.
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Come And See And Believe - November 01, 2015
“Come and see,” Mary and Martha and all the mourners of Lazarus say when Jesus asks where the body has been laid.
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Following Bartimaeus Bartimaeus - October 25, 2015
Understandably and justifiably we Lutherans are quite defined by what we call the Reformation.
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Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins - October 18, 2015
A little over 20 years ago, people from about 20 different Christian denominations got together and created the revised common lectionary, which we use here at Eden.
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Jesus Answers a Question - October 11, 2015
We've become quite accustomed to people asking Jesus a question in order to trip him up – to get him to say something that could be interpreted as blasphemy, as against the laws of God … or at least what the big powerful guys in Jerusalem had said were God's laws.
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Installation of Ann Gonyea - October 11, 2015
Installation of Ann Gonyea - Pastor Katherine Finegan
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Story of St Francis - October 03, 2015
The man we know as St. Francis of Assisi was born more than 830 years ago.
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Possiblity In Jesus Hyperbole - September 27, 2015
And you thought being last of all and servant to all was tough. Now, in order to guard yourself against sin, you must cut off these most useful appendages and pluck out your eyeballs.
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The Flipside Of My Favorite - September 20, 2015
“They were silent...for on their way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.”
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Live Forward Trust Backward - September 13, 2015
It was the first time … the young girl had been in a home where the adults actually seemed to care how her day had gone.
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The Faith We Hear And Do - September 06, 2015
I love the story of the Syrophoenician woman. There is a lot of hope for a weary world in this story.
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Questioning Traditions And Law - August 30, 2015
We are creatures with a powerful instinct to put order to things then make rules and laws to preserve that order.
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We Gather Around Food and Flesh - August 16, 2015
Perhaps you’ve noticed – on one or two occasions – that sometimes we use food to entice people into doing something we want them to do.
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The Lives of Believers - August 09, 2015
I think it's pretty fair to say that if you ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you that I don't get angry very often.
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What We Crave - August 02, 2015
“So the people ate
and were well filled,
for God gave them what they craved,”
(Ps. 78:29) our psalmist proclaims.
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