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Shining Together

Shining Together  – Feb. 10, 2019, Rev. Jeri Viera Dahlke P: The Holy Gospel according to Luke. C: Glory to you, O Lord. And then Jesus was standing beside Lake Gennesaret when the crowd pressed in around him to hear God’s word. Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had gone ashore and…

Calm and Bright: Love—Redeeming Grace

Calm and Bright: Love—Redeeming Grace  – Dec. 16, 2018 by Pastor Jeri Viera Dahlke John 1:1-18 1-2 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. 3-5 Everything was created through the Word; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without…

Calm and Bright: Peace – Luke 1:57-80

Calm and Bright: Peace – Luke 1:57-80   Pastor Trudy Franzen If you are very, very fortunate, you are at peace this day. If you want to be employed, you are in a job you love. If you don’t want to be employed, you are doing exactly what you want to be doing day by day. Your…

The Beloved Community – Mark 10:35-45

The Beloved Community – Mark 10:35-45  Pastor Trudy Franzen Ah, when the other ten heard what James and John had asked of Jesus, they were indignant. Indignant. Resentful. Indignation is a concept we are well aware of these days. Its that phrase, “who do they think they are?” speaking. Who do these guys think they are?…

God Says Yes to the least obvious – I Samuel 16:1-13

No More Straight White Men? God Says “Yes!” to the Least Obvious – I Samuel 16:1-13 (Read it first!)  presented by Pastor Trudy Franzen So, we come into the middle of a story here with Samuel and Saul and Jesse and David. A few things you need to know: 1) the people pleaded with God for a…

God Says Yes to all people – Mark 7:24-30

Gay? Bi? Race other than “White?” God Says “Yes!” to All People – Mark 7:24-30 (Read it first!)  presented by Pastor Trudy Franzen This section of scripture is one of the most challenging, because it forces us to re-imagine and re-think all of our thoughts and beliefs about the nature of God and who we think God is.…

You are the One – John 6:53-69

You are the One – John 6:53-69   Pastor Trudy Franzen When you think, “sheepdog,” what do you imagine? A dog chasing sheep, yes? For millennia, that is what dogs do. People have cultivated that and refined it so that today we have modern day sheepdogs, shepherds if you will. German shepherds, Australian shepherds, Border Collies…

Aliens Brought Near

Aliens Brought Near – July 22, 2018 Pastor Jeri Viera Dahlke There was a boy who would lean and bump against people, stand too close. He would charge through a group of people, pushing people aside as he went. There was a lawsuit, expulsion from school, and rejection of peers. The boy was six. The father…

Rebel Jesus, Rebel Christian

Rebel Jesus, Rebel Christian – July 8, 2018 Pastor Jeri Viera Dahlke P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark. C: Glory to you, O Lord. Jesus left that place and came to his hometown. His disciples followed him. On the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were surprised. “Where did…

Supernatural – Mark 4:35-41

Supernatural – Mark 4:35-41   Pastor Trudy Franzen Have you ever seen this thing on the internet called “Google Earth?” If you haven’t, you have to check it out. You can put your address in, and up will pop a picture of your house from space. Yep. I remember the first time we showed Google Earth…