Posts tagged with ‘Lutheran’

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Sunday, March 3: Transfiguration Sunday!

by Trina Kleist

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY @ 10am What does “transfiguration” mean? In our stories today, “transfiguration” describes the changes in the appearance of humans who have close encounters with God. When Moses speaks to God in the Tabernacle, he comes out with his face shining. When Jesus goes up to the mountain to pray, the prophets […]

Sunday, Feb. 24: Love even them!

by Trina Kleist

God calls us to love even those people! Early in his ministry, Jesus lays out the map for the God-revolution: Love. Everyone. Always. God calls us to love the way God loves, loving even the people who are mean to us, who hate us, who hurt us, who take from us. Jesus told them, “Love […]

Sunday, Feb. 10: Let Jesus catch you!

by Trina Kleist

Then He’ll send you to catch people! Jesus chose fishermen to catch people for his ministry that was going to change the world. What a smart move! Fisher folk know how to put out their line and wait patiently. They might work hard all night long, yet catch nothing. They might sit there by the […]

Sunday, Feb. 3: ONE Worship Service today at 10am!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus proclaims: ‘My good news is for everyone!’ God knows you personally, and his Good News embraces you! Does that mean God’s people face an always-easy path? Well, even Jesus got run out of his own home town! Jesus told them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” – Luke 4:21 Today, we […]

Sunday, Jan. 27: God’s Spirit sets you free!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus proclaims: This Spirit sets you free! Through Jesus, God offers this liberating Spirit to all people! Jesus shook people up when he quoted from the ancient prophet Isaiah. Through Isaiah, God had proclaimed his intention to free the people who love and follow God. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He […]

Sunday, Jan. 13: ‘You are my Son, my daughter!’

by Trina Kleist

God calls you as God’s own child! God called Jesus his Son. Today’s amazing story brings us the image of Jesus, a first-century Jewish man, who gets baptized by this crazy-seeming prophet John, in a muddy river. Yuck! Then a shape, something like a dove – the Holy Spirit! – descends out of the sky […]

Sunday, Jan. 6: Your Light arrives!

by Trina Kleist

WORSHIP AT 10 a.m. TODAY! Let Jesus be your light! Today starts the season of Epiphany. The word evokes the image of a light shining all around – especially, all around me! God sent Jesus to be a light to the whole world. Jesus – God in the flesh, born as a poor child in […]

Sunday, Dec. 16: Get baptized with holy fire!

by Trina Kleist

John says: Get baptized!               As we prepare for the Christmas baby, suddenly John the Baptist appears in our readings. Get baptized!, he cries. Because another one is coming – Jesus – and he will prune away everything that hinders your spiritual growth. So start now. Live your life worthy of the calling God has called […]

Sunday, Dec. 9: Prepare the Way for God!

by Trina Kleist

This is the time to prepare!           God calls us to prepare during Advent – the time spanning the four Sundays before Christmas. What do we prepare for? For God to come into our hearts. For God’s kingdom to break into our world. Meanwhile we might wonder: Where is God, anyway? John recalled the words of […]