2020

Lessons from the Desert

December 06, 2020
Isaiah 40: 1-11; Psalm 85; Mark 1:1-18; II Peter 3: 8-15a
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I am honored to worship with you this morning. Throughout my undergraduate studies at Messiah College and graduate school, I’ve been gratefully immersed and influenced by Anabaptist traditions. And so, I’m thankful to return to a somewhat familiar space and for us to be together. However, we aren’t quite together, are we? Right now, I’m […]

Anticipating | Incarnating

November 29, 2020
Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37
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2020, the most apocalyptic of years, is finally winding down. This means that we are starting a new liturgical year, which always begins with – wait for it – apocalyptic biblical texts. In the beginning of the liturgical year, we are invited to start all over again, waiting for God, watching for the presence of […]

In The Round

November 15, 2020
Psalm 90:1-12; Matthew 25:14-30
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Intro – No Slide 2003 – Becky & I moved to MN – I was excited about seminary and really excited about living close to this sculpture: Slide I – Spoonbridge and Cherry (Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen – Minneapolis, MN) This is a sculpture entitled Spoonbridge and Cherry Walker […]

Waiting For Justice

November 08, 2020
Matthew 25:1-13; Psalm 70; Amos 5:18-24
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There is a certain irony that in a week that involved so much anxious waiting we have this parable about waiting, waiting late into the night, waiting so long you run out of energy. It seems strange to talk about waiting today, since the wait for election results is ostensibly over. The joy in my […]

It All Comes Back To This

October 25, 2020
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Matthew 22:34-46
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It is a season of questions, debates, and expressions of opinions. I suppose if we are honest, all of life is that season – it is part of being human and in relationship to share our ideas and feelings with each other. Debates, in theory, help us test the waters of what we believe and […]

Give To Caesar?

October 18, 2020
Matthew 22:15-22; Isaiah 45:1-7
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These are days of bluster: autumn winds and politicians. These are times of trying to trap public figures in hypocrisy, and public figures being unashamed of hypocrisy.  We hope the endless speeches and talking points will end after Nov 3 but living where we do, we know it never really ends, the volume just goes […]

Granular Power

October 04, 2020
Psalm 19; Matthew 21:33-44
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Today on World Communion Sunday, people across the globe break bread together. Around the world Christians eat the bread of Christ together. This small sign of unity seems, to me, like an even smaller gesture than usual. In the face of a global pandemic, rising white supremacy and nationalism, climate change, increasing poverty, name the […]

What Is This?!

September 20, 2020
Exodus 16:2-15; Matthew 20:1-16
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“In country town or city, some people can be found – who spend their lives in grumbling at everything around, oh yes, they always grumble no matter what they say, for these are chronic grumblers and they grumble night and day….Ooooooh…they grumble on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, grumble on Thursday too…grumble on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, grumble […]

Just Love

September 13, 2020
Matthew 18:15-22; Romans 13:8-10
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In these days when facts are untrue and laws are unjust, these words from Romans 13 are exactly what we need. They are a reminder of how basic our faith is: just love. Hold onto love, share love, with each other, with yourself, with God. Love is the fulfillment of the law. If only everyone […]

Holy Ground

August 30, 2020
Exodus 3:1-15
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Moses does not have an easy life, at least from the little information we get from the biblical text. Sure, he grows up in the palace but only after being rescued – or we might call it kidnapped, as a child from his enslaved family. He is raised by the enslavers, as one of them. […]