Category archives: Pastor Mark

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    May 8, 2016. Before he leaves his disciples to ascend to the Father, Jesus spends a lot of time in the Gospel of John praying for his disciples.  He prays that they would believe he is the Son of God and so have freedom over fear.   He prays that they would share the kind of love that overcomes intimidation.  He prays that they all would be one, jo... [read more]
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    May 1, 2016.  IN the beginning of the Bible, the book of Genesis tells of the Garden of Eden and how in the middle is place the tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil.  At the end of the Bible, in the Book of Revelation, there is another tree, The Tree of Life that will bring the healing of the nations.  Our faith is about “living between the trees... [read more]
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    April 10, 2016. The Gospel of John ends with a breakfast on the beach.  Each element of the episode brings back a memory from Jesus’ ministry: the time he feed 5,000 with a few fish and loaves of bread, the time Peter denied Jesus three times, and how the disciples are not able to accomplish anything on their own without Jesus presence and support.... [read more]
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    March 27, 2016. If we believe that “He is not here, but has risen” we cannot go back to the way things were.  An empty tomb does change everything. It proves that God loves the world.  It proves that racism, torture, violence pain and suffering must end.  It means we have work to do.  This is a Holy Week.  Death does not get the last word, Christ d... [read more]
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    March 13, 2016. When Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume, she is criticized for her wastefulness.  Actually, her response is appropriate to the extravagance of God’s love that she has personally received with the raising of her brother Lazarus from the dead and which the world will receive through Jesus’ death and resurrection.  As we p... [read more]
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    February 21, 2016. We don’t often equate strength with vulnerability.  But to truly be happy, we must connect with other people, and to truly connect we have to be vulnerable.  Jesus leads the ways when he is willing to face the dangers and challenges of journeying to Jerusalem to reach us with God’s love. Download a transcript of this sermon.... [read more]
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    February 7, 2016.  The Bible is organized around those explosive moments when the holiness of God touches down in our midst and changes everything.  Jesus is the touchdown in our lives, freeing us from fear, and enabling us to reach out in love and service to others. Download a transcript of this sermon. 
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    January 24, 2016. Jesus “inaugural address” is about preaching good news to the poor and release to the captive.  Given this weeks news about cuts to Lutheran Social Services because of our state’s budge impasse, there wasn’t a lot of good news to preach.  We need to act now and hold our representatives accountable because our house is on fire. Dow... [read more]
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    January 17, 2016. Sometimes we assume the word abundance has to with quantity or quality.  The story of the Wedding at Cana in which Jesus turns water into wine reminds us that we can also rely on God’s never-ending grace and love for us.  When we are freed from a fear of scarcity we can share with others. Download a transcript of this sermon.
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    January 3, 2016. “In the beginning”…what a great first line!  The Gospel of John begins the story of God’s great communication; the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ.  What is the one word you’d like enflesh in your life during this new year?  What word would you like to erase from you life? Download a transcript of this sermon. 
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    December 24, 2015. What hope does compassion have in the midst of the darkness of this world?  But darkness makes us all the more attentive to the slightest shimmer of light.  There are shimmers of compassion all around us if only we take the time to look. Download a transcript of this sermon. 
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    November 29, 2015. We humans will do anything to avoid the dark, forgetting that darkness (both actual and symbolic) is a natural part of life.  The fact is, whether because of illness, accident, injury or aging, each one of us will have to journey through some dark territory.  The church can help us prepare for those dark times so that when they a... [read more]
 
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