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Pastor’s letter – July 2018

STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS  The prophet Isaiah writes as follows: “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary.”  Isaiah 40:28  This is a wonderful proclamation concerning God—He does not faint or grow weary.  This seems mad to reason.  But the prophet is depicting God in terms of our senses, as if he were saying:  “We get tired and are worn out by Satan’s plotting and cunning tricks.  But we have a God who does not get tired.  He will set[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s message – June 2018

As we enter into Summer, we consider this as a season of growth, life and abundance.  The long hours of sunshine and the peak of the growing season throughout North America allow us to focus on the beautiful side of Summer.  But let us not forget those who may have a more difficult time as Summer can bring extreme heat, wildfires and tornadoes. The gospel readings for the early weeks of Summer share stories from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Later in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus will predict his own suffering and death, but in these chapters, the reader[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s message – May 2018

A SPRINGTIME MESSAGE FROM YOUR PASTOR Following what has seemed like a lengthy Winter, it is with enthusiasm that we embrace the season of Spring. The many signs of Spring include chirping birds, green grass and budding plants.  The dormancy of Winter is followed by new beginnings.  The first article of the Apostles’ Creed reads as follows: “I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.”  In a sermon on the catechism, Martin Luther makes the following comments regarding this first article: The first article of the Apostles’ Creed teaches that God is the Father, the creator of[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s message – April 2018

“PREPARING FOR EASTER” “And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples”  Isaiah 25:7 The Easter season is about seeing:  Christ risen, Christ present among us in the breaking of the bread, Christ’s Spirit poured out on the church.  In Lent we have turned inward, acknowledging the brokenness of the world and our own participation in systems that oppress.  We have walked the wilderness journey of temptation and doubt.  Like a groaning desert, our whole lives have cried out for baptismal waters to refresh us and set before us the promise of a new[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s letter – March 2018

HOLY WEEK PREPARING FOR THE THREE DAYS  Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25th and concludes with the celebration of Easter April 1st. A significant event during Holy Week is the three days Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil.  “Sometimes it causes me to tremble…”  Perhaps the best way to begin preparing for the Three Days is to notice what these stories and rituals actually do to us:  our bodies, our emotions, our life together as a community of faith. The readings on these days are central to our identity as Christian people.  The events they commemorate are[Continue Reading]

PASTOR’S MESSAGE PREPARING FOR LENT – Feb. 2018

  “A SEASON OF RESTRAINED CELEBRATION”  What comes to mind for people when we think of Lent?  It might be repentance or giving things up or a focus on the cross.  For some it brings to mind a heavy handed season of inward focus that feels dark.  For others it has been experienced as a time for excessive guilt.  It is not uncommon for Lent to be a six week meditation on the crucifixion, as if Holy Week and especially Good Friday weren’t enough for the church’s deep contemplation on Jesus’ death.  Not everyone loves Lent because of how it[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s Message – December 2017

Pastor's Message - December 2017

“PREPARING FOR ADVENT” Advent is both a wonderful and a challenging liturgical season.  We begin a new church year while the world is busy finishing a calendar year—and the month is filled with shopping, pageants, and parties beyond what our energy and time can handle.  But while society urges us to hurry and spend, scripture and tradition beckon us to slow down and wait. The Advent wreath is the season’s most powerful symbol.  The wreath can be traced to the Romans’ ancient rite of waiting in the darkness for the return of the sun, and for the Feast of the[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s November 2017 Message

PREPARING FOR NOVEMBER A MESSAGE FROM  YOUR PASTOR We catch a glimpse of what the month of November might be about, liturgically, seasonally and spiritually by looking at the gospel readings which come to us in these weeks.  On November 5th, All Saints Sunday, the gospel comes in eight “Beatitudes” or eight statements that proclaim commanding-no holds barred-what life in the kingdom of God is and is to be like.  “Blessed are…,” we hear: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s letter – October 2017

500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION LUTHER  NAILED IT ON OCTOBER 31, 1517  Martin Luther is being discussed in churches large and small throughout our country and all across the world.  It was on October 31, 1517 that Luther’s beliefs and actions resulted in major theological shifts in the 1500’s.  Luther’s impact extended beyond religion.  Many other major changes can be attributed either directly or indirectly to Luther. As a German Catholic monk and biblical scholar, Luther pondered this core question—Am I good enough?  This led him to the scriptures and conclude that every believer was indeed good enough.  This was[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s Message – September 2017

“PREPARING FOR FALL” A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PASTOR   Neither the Fall season nor Reformation is a liturgical season but the months of September and October include a variety of emphases that highlight these calendar considerations.  Without a particular liturgical season, color, and its symbol, what links these weeks together is the centrality of worship in the life of our assembly and its role in forming us, as a people, of gratitude, generosity and service. During the month of October and with great intensity, on Sunday, October 29th, emphasis is on the observance of the Reformation.  Rather than merely marking[Continue Reading]