Posts by Trina Kleist

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Sunday, Feb. 23 – Just Listen!

by Trina Kleist

God says: “Listen to Jesus!” To listen — that’s the hard part! Our stories today tell about exciting images of God. One describes God’s presence as “a devouring fire.” Another story describes “a bright cloud.” People’s faces shine “like the sun.” The light is so bright that it transfigures Jesus, changes his appearance. A voice […]

Sunday, Feb. 16 – Reconcile with each other!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus asks us to reconcile! Live out God’s commandments and reconcile your differences. Jesus tells his followers to follow these two simple rules. So why do we have so much trouble following? Our yearly congregational meeting will be convened at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Center. Our readings today lay out two choices: We can […]

Sunday, Feb. 9 – Let your light shine!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus offers light for your path! The light of Jesus’ love and guidance helps us navigate the everyday bumps, bruises and beauties that come our way. And, when we let that light into our hearts, it shines through us to everyone we meet. As baptized children of God, we walk a path filled with light. […]

Tackle Hunger on Super Bowl Sunday

by Trina Kleist

Competition benefits ELCA World Hunger   Tackle Hunger today: A message from Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop Mark Holmerud:   DONATE HERE to Tackle Hunger – ELCA World Hunger   Did you know that, for the past several years, the bishops who serve the synod where each team playing in the Super Bowl is from challenge […]

Sunday, Feb. 2 – Get everyday salvation!

by Trina Kleist

See salvation in your life today! Salvation seems like an old-fashioned concept – why do we need it today? How is it even relevant? We get confused because the world seems to offer so many attractive solutions to our problems. The world distracts us because the salvation that Jesus offers doesn’t usually appear like a […]

Sunday, Jan. 26 – Jesus invites you to a new life!

by Trina Kleist

And PEACE invites you into the new light! New life, illumined by a new and great light – that’s the promise the Old Testament prophet paints for his audience. They have been living “in a land of deep darkness.” Does that ever sound like your life? Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will […]

Sunday, Jan. 19 – Come and See!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus offers this invitation: Come and see for yourself! “Come and see.” Jesus had a simple invitation for the two guys following him. He knew they were looking for something. They already followed John the Baptizer, the prophet down by the Jordan River. Already, they had heard John declare, “That fella over there, that Jesus […]

Sunday, Jan. 12 – Baptized and Belonging!

by Trina Kleist

“Jesus came to John at the Jordan to be baptized.’” – Matthew 3:13 Jesus Gets Baptized – How about You? God loves all people! But when you get baptized, you belong to God in a special way. You become God’s daughter or son. Through water and God’s words, baptism marks you for a special inheritance. […]

Sunday, Jan. 5 – In the Beginning!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus – Present Before the very beginning! Beginning a new year can fill us with both excitement and dread. We may look forward to new possibilities. Do you like to make New Year’s resolutions? At the same time, things we failed to accomplish may nag us. We may feel haunted by what happened. On top […]

Sunday, Dec. 29: Flee to Egypt!

by Trina Kleist

Son of God! Has to Flee? Joseph already had been through a lot when the angel told his to take his little family and flee to Egypt. The king was out to kill the child, Jesus. But this was the son of God, right? “An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream […]