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Ash Wednesday

We start our journey through lent with Ash Wednesday worship this week on March 6 at 7:00am and 7:00pm. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19 Come to…

Holistic Stewardship for Lent

For centuries Lutherans have observed Lent with passionate devotion and prayerful attention to spiritual disciplines. These faith practices strengthen our souls and open our hearts to the resurrected Christ at Easter. This year, try developing a sense of holistic stewardship for your life. Stewardship, of course, looks at how we use not just our financial…

The Blessing of an Egg Sandwich

Email Devotion Week Of Lent 5 By Brendan Armitage “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1: 2-3) It’s buttery.  Just eggs and bread, mind you, but good quality of both, and fresh.  Somehow, in…

How Does God Love the World?

Traditional sermon   lent 4 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Let’s go back in time to the mid-1970s. And, yes, I’m talking about a little over 40 years ago. I was in high school. Disco, very wide ties, platform shoes, tacky…

Lent and the Center

  Lent is in full swing and we’re rapidly approaching the center of the church year, Holy Week. Late in Lent this lectionary year we hear many readings from the gospel of John. Often cited as being the more difficult and ‘heady’ gospel, John emphasizes the depths of Jesus’ authority and personhood where the synoptic…

Lent 1 Preview

The first Sunday in Lent begins with tension. The tension between the saving and destructive powers of water fills today’s lectionary readings. The waters of the flood overwhelmed the world in the days of Noah, yet God delivered Noah and his family from death. The Holy Spirit descends on Jesus only after his baptism by…

The Godly Beauty Within Us

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Passion Sunday Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. (Psalm 50:2) The great thing about birds, is that they often have beautiful things within them.  The pale blue of the robin’s egg … the emerald sheen of an emu’s egg … and the lavender and brown blotched vulture egg.  I…

Are you blind?

New Day Sermon Lent 4 The sermon is a combination of the lesson from John with a drama woven throughout.  Do you see yourself in any of the characters?  We often complain of others not seeing their bad behavior, but many times we are blinded to our own.

Martyrdom Revisited

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Lent 2 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their…