Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 18, 2021

Hello Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We will take good care of ourselves by remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy through participating in our Sunday worship recording. Let’s make it a real priority to honor God through the ongoing, detailed and faithful work of our video production team, Kent Madsen and Barbara Rice. We are so blessed to have their gifts in our church!

Our themes from the scriptures are centered around what has come to be known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”.  A welcome focus and respite from the difficult and controversial work of seeking ways to offer God’s prophetic Word to the many injustices that the world is engaged in.  So we turn from an “afflicting the comfortable” aspect of the encounter with God’s Word (last Sunday – Amos – Archbishop Oscar Romero, John the Baptist and Jesus), and lift up the ways in which we “comfort the afflicted” – including ourselves as we do the hard work of having compassion for those who are “missing” from receiving the fruits of God’s creation.

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 11, 2021

Dear Church Family,

I invite you to live out your faith by joining together this Sunday at 10 am, for worship outdoors in our parking lot or livestreamed at home. The service will also be available as a recording after 5pm.

Our themes for worship center around reflecting on what we are and will be doing with the “glorious inheritance” of God’s steadfast love and grace that we have each received. We are each “able to respond” (have a responsibility) to such an amazing gift by always seeking to be ones who are striving for “right relationship” (righteousness) with God, ourselves, those around us – AND especially as people who participate in the “systems” (ways, rules, politics, norms) that we all live together.

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 4, 2021

Please note: We apologize for the audio quality. We are still fighting a problem where a local radio station signal leaks into our audio. We took various measures to filter and edit the audio, but there are still times when it can be heard.

Hello Dear Friends,

We worship together this Sunday, the 4th of July, through our recorded worship service here on our website.

It will be a great way to begin our family and community celebrations of our nation’s birthday, by offering our lives entirely and primarily to God first.  Over the centuries, humanity has often struggled between loyalty to God and loyalty to nationality. Today we are reminded in our holy scriptures that the two are never equal, but that God alone is to be worshipped and glorified first and foremost. Sometimes our good loyalty to country can be  in contrast to God’s call on our lives, as the Lutheran Church experienced in World War II Germany. At that time, good Lutheran Christian leaders and regular citizens allowed their loyalty to country to either supersede or be equal to their faith in God and the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There were only a relative few like Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who were willing to speak God’s truth to the power of a tyrant like Adolf Hitler, while the vast majority of otherwise good but desperate people forgot their baptismal covenant and went about their normal lives while the smokestacks billowed the ashes of millions of people deemed “not worthy” by that nations government.

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 20, 2021

Dear People of God’s Spirit!,

We gather in spirit this 5th Sunday of Pentecost and worship together through the recording here. The bulletin and Celebrate are attached.

Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation!  Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him, he will calm the storm.  Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator.  We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.

Our larger church expression, the ELCA, is producing a hymnal supplement called “All Creation Sings”. This Sunday, we introduce one of those hymns, so please plan on learning it with us. Selections of “All Creation Sings” can be found online (YouTube) by entering it in your search browser. As the Psalms often say: Sing a new song unto the Lord!

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Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 13, 2021

Dear People of God’s Spirit!

Jesus uses parables in today’s Gospel reading with images of sowing and growing to show the vitality of God’s reign here on earth.

The Memorial Service for Lu Sluiter was held Saturday, June 5th at 11am in our sanctuary. This was was our first public gathering since March 15, 2020. It was recorded and is available here on our website.

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