A new mission statement on Pentecost Sunday

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– June 4, 2017 – Text: Acts 2:1-42 – Today is Pentecost. We come to this Sunday that ends the Easter season in the church year anticipating an exuberant festival to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Wait… did I say exuberant?? In a Lutheran church?? Let’s be honest here. Lutherans are not known […]

Jesus’ Ascension: Reality where God lives

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– Ascension Sunday –  May 28, 2017 – Let’s talk about the ascension of Jesus. It’s one of those mysterious events that’s a source of awe and wonder for believers, and a source of skepticism and scorn from non-believers who consider the account of Jesus’ ascension to be a fantasy tale, constructed to support the […]

Do Not Be Afraid!

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Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Text: Matthew 27:62-66; 28: 1-10 In one of the parishes I served back in Pennsylvania, one of the most faithful members of the congregation was a woman whose husband almost never came to church with her. He told me once that something had happened in his past that had […]