December 15, 2019, “Mary’s Yes”


Works Cited: The “Cestello Annunciation” is by Sandro Botticelli from 1489. You can read about it and view it here. Information about Mary’s Song being banned in Guatemala in 1980 comes from John Ortberg who cites New Testament Scholar Scott McKnight’s research in the article, “Mary’s Carol,” published in The Christian Century, December 15, 2009. This article […]

December 8, 2019, “Risking Peace”

Works Cited: Pete Kotz, “Peace Lutheran Staved Off Death by Taking ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ to a Radical Extreme,” CityPages, October 23, 2019. You can read this article here. Story of RawTools, Inc., can be found on the website for RawTools: Forging Peace, Disarming Hearts, and in the article by Michael Martin, “Remembering Sandy Hook,” Patheos, December 14, […]

November 24, 2019, “Thank You”


  The prayer from the Jewish Tradition shared in this message is the Modeh Ani, a prayer many Jewish people recite upon waking and before getting out of bed. Many thanks to my friend Jo for sharing this prayer practice with me, and for her permission to share with you.

November 17, 2019, “Lobsters, Love, and Other Signs of the Apocalypse”


Works Cited Today: That great lobster image comes from Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J Friesen, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community, (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2014), pp. 117-118. Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber’s remarks on the apocalypse come from Nadia Bolz-Weber, “We’re in the Midst of an apocalypse. And that’s a good thing,” […]

November 10, 2019 Stewardship Testimony: Karla Swanson Murphy

Many thanks to Karla Swanson Murphy for her many decades of love for our church and service of every kind to our church. Listen here to her thoughtful and articulate invitation to join her in her practice of generosity. Do you love our church? You can make a pledge for 2020 online here. Thanks for […]

November 3, 2019 Stewardship Testimony: Lisa Burger


Many thanks to Lisa Burger for sharing her love of our church, and her wisdom about stewardship in this stewardship message. Do you love our church? You can make a pledge for 2020 online here. Thanks for all the ways you show up for our church family online and in person every week.

October 27, 2019, “The Love we Leave Behind”


We lost a dear leader in our church family yesterday, and we came together this morning grieving Chris’s passing, and the passing of too many we’ve loved in this last year. This is a sermon written for that context. Works Cited: Jenny Boylan’s remarks that “God is love, but isn’t it more true to say […]

October 20, 2019, “Made in the Image of God”


With thanks to Professor Jenny Boylan for the gift of being her student, and for the deep wisdom she has shared about gender, faith, and identity. She is cited in this sermon from an interview she gave March 31, 2019 at The Riverside Church in NYC for their podcast, A Look Ahead. You can listen to […]