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2017 Sermons

Pentecost - 10/15/2017
It starts pretty early in our lives. That is we look to parents and other family members to help shape and guide us, to help us get through this thing that we've learned to call life. There is this blind trust that our needs are going to be taken care of. - Michael Holman
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Pentecost - 10/08/2017
Today’s first reading that lists the Ten Commandments should probably be included in any list of best known Bible verses. The trouble is, we don’t tend to think of them as Bible verses. We’re probably more likely to think of the commandments as part of the catechism, but they are in the Bible and while you might not be able to recite this text verbatim and while you might not be able to list the commandments in order, my guess is that if asked, you could come up with all of them or at least most of them and if you missed any, when told you’d say, “Oh, that’s right…adultery; how could I forget that one.”
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Pentecost - 10/01/2017
Today I want to start with the Psalm. I fear that it often kind of gets lost in the shuffle of the four readings on any given Sunday, maybe there are those who don’t even really understand why a psalm is included. Allow me to tell you: the Psalm is intended as a response to the first reading. The first reading usually comes from the Old Testament so there’s always an intended connection between the two. To be honest, that connection is not always real clear, however as we have been hearing parts of the Exodus story in our first readings in the past weeks, the psalm connection has been more obvious as many psalms include memories of the events recounted in Exodus, events which are defining events in the faith history of ancient Israel.
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Pentecost - 09/24/2017
Our readings today begin with complaint … the whining of the Israelites only two and a half months out of slavery … griping to Moses and Aaron about lack of food. … Just before today’s text … they had whined about bitter water …and, through Moses … God sweetened the waters and made them drinkable … and then led them to a lovely oasis … with twelve springs and seventy palm trees … where they camped for a while … before setting out through the wilderness.
Pastor Chrys Levesque Hendrick
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Pentecost - 09/17/2017
It feels a little awkward to say, “The gospel of the Lord; Praise to you O Christ” following a reading that ends with the threat of torture: “So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you if you do not forgive your brother or sister from the heart.” So much for the God of the Old Testament being mean and wrathful while the God of the New Testament is gracious and loving, because this doesn’t sound gracious or loving.
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Pentecost - 09/10/2017
The Sunday lectionary readings from Exodus skip over the story of the plagues and Moses’ repeated call to Pharaoh to “Let my people go.” It’s a story set up as a contest that has the Lord and Moses and brother Aaron on one side and Pharaoh and those who do his bidding on the other side. From the beginning we know who’s going to win but there’s no quick resolution as the story goes on for five chapters; sometimes Pharaoh’s people can match what Moses and Aaron do, sometimes they can’t but the bottom line is that despite the various calamities that occur, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened and he won’t let the people go until the final plague, the death of the firstborn.
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Pentecost - 09/03/2017
Last week in our semi-continuous Old Testament readings we moved into the book of Exodus, the book that really stands at the center of Israel’s faith tradition. It’s in Exodus that the character of Moses is introduced, Moses being the one called by the Lord to lead the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land. Included in that narrative you get Pharaoh as the bad guy, the plagues, the introduction of the Passover, the crossing of the Red Sea, the giving of the Ten Commandments all of which makes for great Sunday School stories not to mention movie versions ranging from Charlton Heston to Disney. The stories are foundational and mostly quite familiar.
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Pentecost - 08/27/2017
A week from Tuesday I’ll begin teaching a Lay School class on Early Church History.  The class focuses on what are known as the Seven Ecumenical Councils which took place between the years 325 and 787.  It is out of those councils that we get much of what is still considered to be foundational Christian theology, God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and Jesus as fully human and fully divine.  What the bishops who gathered for these councils were really doing, was attempting to answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”
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Pentecost - 08/20/2017
Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and from our Savior Jesus Christ, amen. It really could be called miracle month, this August because the lessons every Sunday this month are about miracles - that is things that shouldn't happen. Bishop Thomas Skrenes
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Pentecost - 08/13/2017
“I’ll do the best I can, but I don’t walk on water.”  It’s the kind of thing any of us might say if asked to do something we’re not too sure about.  It’s a statement that lowers expectations, emphasizing the fact that that we are human, we’re not miracle workers.  The assumption of course is that whoever we say this to is familiar with the story of Jesus walking on water and I think most people still are.  Jesus walking on water is part of what we assume to be common knowledge although such things become less common all the time.
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Pentecost - 08/06/2017
Today's Gospel account of the feeding of the multitude with five loves of bread and two fish is the only one of Jesus miracles that is recorded in all four Gospels. Rev. Doug Holmgren
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Pentecost - 07/30/2017
Two weeks ago we had the Parable of Sower, last week the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds, this week five short parables, the mustard seed, yeast measured and mixed, treasure hidden in a field, a pearl of great value and a net thrown into the sea.  They’re all classified as “kingdom” parables with all of them except the Parable of the Sower beginning with, “The kingdom of heaven is like….”
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Pentecost - 07/23/2017
Having tricked his brother Esau out of his birthright and out of his blessing, Jacob now has to live with the consequences.  Knowing of Esau’s vow to kill him, Jacob has to leave home, so Mother Rebekah makes arrangements for him to go and stay with her brother Laban, in part for Jacob’s safety but also in hopes that he will find a wife among Laban’s daughters.  That’s where the story picks up today, with Jacob having begun his journey.
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Pentecost - 07/16/2017
I’ve mentioned before that because we’re in this Reformation 500 year I’ve wound up reading more of Martin Luther’s writings than I ever had before, in Bible studies some of you have joined me in some of that reading.
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Pentecost - 07/09/2017
“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” I don’t think there’s anyone who, when they hear those verses, doesn’t identify with them, who doesn’t hear themselves as the “I,” as the subject of this verse. The “I” is me, it’s you; we all know the feeling of knowing what we should do, but not always doing it.
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Pentecost - 07/02/2017
Maybe this has happened to you, maybe not: You’re in a church gathering and the person up front says, “God is good,” and the people gathered respond, “all the time.” Then the leader says “All the time,” and the people respond, “God is good.” It happens pretty much any place youth are gathered, Fortune Lake for example; I’ve experienced it at Synod Assemblies as well and I hate it.
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Pentecost - 06/25/2017
When I was gone back in May and had quite a bit of time on my hands waiting around in airports and riding on planes I read this book titled “The Old Testament is Dying.”  Without going into a lot of detail, what Brent Strawn, the author does is to treat the Old Testament as a language, and what history shows is that when fewer and fewer people use a language, it dies, it disappears.
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Pentecost - Holy Humor Sunday 06/18/2017
Okay.... Know when I started doing this a few years ago I felt like I had to apologize for it and explain why...and you don't care, you know you just want to hear. It gets harder to find new material. You might find a couple of repeats in hear, but if I don't remember them, you probably don't either. Anyway, it is Father's Day, so I thought I'd start with a couple with father kind of themes to them....
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Trinity Sunday 06/11/2017
To deny the Trinity will endanger your salvation; to try to understand the Trinity will endanger your sanity.  That’s Martin Luther’s famous quote and it does sum up the mystery of the Trinity pretty well.
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Pentecost 06/04/2017
The last couple of Sundays of the Easter season are always like previews of coming attractions; the texts move in the direction of what comes next, with what comes next being…Pentecost. Knowing that his earthly time was coming to an end, Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate who would continue to be present and guide the disciples. 
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Easter 05/28/2017
We celebrated the Ascension of Jesus last Thursday.  It’s a service that always has light attendance, most churches don’t have a service at all and because of that the lectionary provides the option of using the texts for Ascension today. 
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Ascension 05/25/2017
Every Sunday in the creed, Apostles’ or Nicene, we confess to the truth of Jesus’ ascension: “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”  Every year then, 40 days after Easter, always on a Thursday, we celebrate this feast of the church, one of the six Principal Festivals on our calendar.
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Easter 05/21/2017
Confirmation has become a movable occasion for us; no date is etched in stone on the church calendar so it’s moved around over the past few years. 
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Easter 05/14/2017
“I am the way, and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  There you have it. Everything I said last week about Luther’s hiddenness of God and hope for outsiders seems to go out the window.... 
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Easter 05/07/2017
Remember the man born blind, one of Jesus’ Lenten encounters?  It’s been over a month now so you may have forgotten the story.
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Easter 04/30/2017
For this year’s final resurrection appearance story we move from John’s gospel to Luke’s. 
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Easter 04/23/2017
Today [the Lenten] encounter theme continues with the familiar story of Thomas, Doubting Thomas as he will forever be known.
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Easter Sunday 04/16/2017
If you were here Friday night, in listening to the Passion according to St. John, you heard Jesus say, “For this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.”
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Good Friday 04/14/2017
If you looked this text up in your Bible, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” if you looked it up you would probably find that either it’s set off in brackets or that there’s a footnote attached to it. 
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Maundy Thursday 04/13/2017
“Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father.  Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
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Passion Introduction 04/09/2017
Today we enter into the central mystery of our faith, the Passion of our Lord.
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Lent 04/02/2017
It has been said that John’s gospel begins where the other three gospels end.  In the accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke despite spending time with Jesus, despite seeing the miraculous things he did, despite hearing the wisdom of what he said, his disciples consistently fail to recognize who Jesus really is.
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Lent 03/26/2017
Everyone looks, but not everyone sees.  It’s a line from my basketball coaching days when I would attend clinics that included big name college coaches like Bob Knight who back then was in the middle of his long, successful run at Indiana.
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Lent 03/19/2017
This is the year of long Lenten gospel readings, at least after the first Sunday in Lent.
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Lent 03/12/2017
John 3: 1-17. I would like to begin by saying it is a blessing to be with you today at Bethany Lutheran Church. Pastor Brenda Smith
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Lent 03/05/2017
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil,” and we say, “Wait a minute; the Spirit is not supposed to do that.”
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Ash Wednesday 03/01/2017
I read that there are 300,000 accidental child poisonings in this country every year.
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Transfiguration 02/26/2017
The Baptism of Jesus and the Transfiguration are the bookends of the season of Epiphany, the post-Christmas season during which aspects of Jesus identity are revealed.
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Epiphany 02/19/2017
From my perspective, I wish Easter was a week earlier ... which would mean that today would be Transfiguration Sunday and I wouldn’t have to preach on today’s text.
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Epiphany 02/12/2017
As we move into our third week of considering Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we get into the “You have heard it said, but I say to you” part of it as Jesus addresses specific points of the law and the commandments.
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Epiphany 02/05/2017
The words “righteous” and “righteousness” pop up all over today’s scripture readings, in the first reading from Isaiah, in the Psalm and in the gospel.
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Epiphany 01/29/2017
The disciples and others who gathered to hear Jesus begin to preach what we know as The Sermon on the Mount had to have been disappointed by what they heard, especially this beginning part we call the Beatitudes, all the “Blessed are theys.”
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Epiphany 01/22/2017
With today’s first reading we flash back to Christmas Eve as this reading from Isaiah is always the first reading on that night. 
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Epiphany 01/15/2017
Is life more about questions or is it more about answers?  I think you know where I come down on that and I think I’ve got pretty good company.
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Baptism of the Lord 01/08/2017
On Friday night we celebrated the Epiphany of our Lord which, in our tradition marks the arrival of the Wise Men, the Magi bearing gifts for Jesus, the new born king to whom the star had guided them.
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Christmas 01/01/2017
Happy New Year is the greeting of the day, but as we dip back into the Christmas story and revisit the characters, we find that for them, it’s not the greeting that would have been on their lips.
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2016 Sermons

Christmas Day - 12/25/2016
If John’s was the only gospel we had, our celebration of Christmas, the Incarnation of our Lord, would be quite different.
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Christmas Eve - 12/24/2016
As remarkable as it is, the Christmas story I just read is so familiar that it’s pretty hard to have it surprise you. 
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Advent - 12/18/2016
For the past three Sundays we’ve ended worship singing “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” one of the best known Advent carols, various forms of which have been around for over a thousand years.
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Advent - 12/11/2016
As has been our custom for the past several years, here in church we get our first telling of the Christmas story from the Sunday School kids and I think it’s a good thing.
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Advent - 12/04/2016
John the Baptist apparently missed the preaching class where you’re told that beginning a sermon by calling your audience a brood of vipers, a brood of venomous snakes, is probably not a good idea.
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Advent - 11/27/2016
Father Ken was the Episcopal priest in the town where I served in Massachusetts. He was a good guy, we got along well.
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Christ the King Sunday - 11/20/2016
Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year and because it is the last Sunday it has liturgical significance and shouldn’t be overlooked.
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Pentecost - 11/13/2016
There's a comic strip that I saw once - it showed in the first panel a straggly old man on the side of the road and he's holding a large sign saying the end is near.
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All Saints Day 11/06/2016
But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those that hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Pastor Chrys Levesque Hendrick
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Reformation Sunday - 10/30/2016
When the Swedish Lutheran Bethany Church was organized in 1870, the Christian church landscape in Ishpeming was very different than it is now; in fact there really wasn’t much of a landscape at all.
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Pentecost - 10/23/2016
First I want to dedicate this sermon to Jim Sodergren. As the former Marquette County Treasurer I know he likes it when a tax collector shows up in the lessons....
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Pentecost - 10/16/2016
In Bible studies this fall we’ve started to read Martin Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian.
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Pentecost - 10/09/2016
At one point during the tumult of the Reformation with all its changes and challenges, Martin Luther was asked what constituted true worship.
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Michael and All Angels - 10/02/2016
Today we venture into the realm of angels which is territory into which Lutherans don’t often go because things can get a little weird when you start trying to talk about angels.
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Pentecost - 09/25/2016
At this point in Luke’s gospel one is ready to say to him, “Enough already! We get it; you’ve made your point; we need to change how we think about money.”
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Pentecost - 09/18/2016
Have you followed the case of John Saatio on the local news?
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Pentecost - 09/11/2016
The scribes and the Pharisees didn’t like the people Jesus was associating with.
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Pentecost - 09/04/2016
In what has been a series of difficult gospel texts, on this unofficial last Sunday of summer, we perhaps get the worst one of all as it is a text that makes discipleship sound impossible.
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Pentecost - 08/28/2016
Today is my last Sunday as your Intern at Bethany, so this is my last sermon here.
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Pentecost - 08/21/2016
Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me. Bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits...Those words are familiar to me, maybe to you too, but I was trying to figure out why.
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Pentecost - 08/14/2016
I was thinking that it seems like every year during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when you might like a series of warm, feel good sermons, instead you get a stretch of gospel texts that don’t make you feel very good....
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Pentecost - 08/07/2016
Through our gospel readings in Luke the last month or so, we’ve been on the lengthy journey with Jesus toward Jerusalem.
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Pentecost - 07/31/2016
Over the last two Sundays, we’ve listened to the story of Mary and Martha one week, and then the next, we heard the disciples’ requesting that Jesus teach them how to pray.
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Pentecost - 07/24/2016
His disciples saw Jesus praying and wanted to know how to do it.
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Pentecost - 07/17/2016
As a witness for the defense of poor old, hard working Martha allow me to present today’s first reading from Genesis.
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Pentecost - 07/10/2016
So what is it, anyway, about a “Samaritan hero” helping out this beaten and robbed Jewish man that makes it so unusual?
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Pentecost - 07/03/2016
There was a movie out a few years ago called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It was a comedy/drama about a hotel in India run by a young, frequently inept but always optimistic manger.
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Pentecost - 06/26/2016
The Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother; in the Bible it even comes with a promise; Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord God is giving you. What does this mean?
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Pentecost - 06/19/2016
Next to best known Psalm 23, Psalm 22 is also well recognized in Scripture, and among Christians, probably the best known of the laments because of “verse one.”
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Pentecost - 06/12/2016
In my most recent newsletter article I talked about how next year will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and how that anniversary provides us with an opportunity to think about what it means to be Lutheran 500 years later.
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Pentecost - 06/05/2016
Elijah is kind of interesting as a biblical character. It seems to me that he’s both known and unknown at the same time.
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Pentecost - 05/29/2016
Today is the last Sunday in May, the Easter Season is done, Pentecost has passed, and we have made it through Holy Trinity Sunday.
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Trinity Sunday - 05/22/2016
On this Holy Trinity Sunday, I get to help us look deeper into the Triune God, the image of God that is so unique to Christianity …
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Pentecost - 05/15/2016
Martin Luther had to think twice about what to do with confirmation.
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Seventh Week of Easter - 05/08/2016
It was tempting to just focus on Mother’s Day today even if it’s not a church holiday because, even though we’re still in the Easter season, at this point, on this seventh and final Sunday of Easter, no matter how hard we might try, Easter has kind of a washed out, afterthought kind of feel to it.
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Ascension Day - 05/05/2016
If you’re like me when it comes to thinking about the Ascension, a timeframe of forty days sticks in our minds – Jesus was around for forty days after the resurrection.
Vicar Terry Frankenstein
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Sixth Week of Easter - 05/01/2016
It’s been challenging keeping up with seminary-level studies at my age.
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Holy Humor Sunday - Fifth Week of Easter 04/24/2016
I’m pretty much past the point of feeling like I need to defend myself for observing Holy Humor Sunday.
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Fourth Week of Easter 04/17/2016
This isn’t Holy Humor Sunday; that’s next week. For me though, the weeks can overlap as I’m often ... looking ahead ... which can have the effect of creating some strange collisions in my brain ... and weird connections are made.
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Third Week of Easter 04/11/2016
Good morning, Bethany Lutheran Church. It is such a delight to be with you today. Rev. James Holmberg
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Second Week of Easter 04/03/2016
Last week on Easter Sunday, we read the resurrection story from Luke’s Gospel, and this morning, we’ve moved to the evening hours of Easter in John’s account.
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Easter Sunday 03/27/2016
Alleluia! He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! That’s the Easter proclamation.
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Good Friday 03/25/2016
“Stay thirsty my friends, stay thirsty.” You’ve seen the ads featuring the most interesting man in the world.
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Maundy Thursday 03/24/2016
Tonight we begin the Triduum, the Great Three Days that lead to Easter.
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Palm Sunday with Passion Narrative 03/20/2016
Our processional Gospel reading from Luke brings us into Holy Week on a high note – Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
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Lent 03/13/2016
Since I’ve been the pastor here at Bethany, this is the fifth time this gospel lesson has come up.
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Lent 03/06/2016
The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the best known of Jesus’ parables, It’s the longest one, I know that and it is important.
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Lent 02/28/2016
For those who think the Old Testament is about a God of wrath and judgment and the New Testament is about a God of grace and forgiveness, today’s lessons provide evidence to the contrary.
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Lent 02/21/2016
When Kathy and I went on vacation last fall the focus of the trip was to visit Virginia to see George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville.
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Lent 02/14/2016
Forty. It’s a number we hear pretty often. For instance, a customary workweek in the United States consists of forty hours.
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Ash Wednesday 02/10/2016
“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” That’s the Ash Wednesday refrain that is repeated as a cross of ashes is traced on foreheads today.
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Transfiguration 02/07/2016
Peter, James and John thought they were just going up on the mountain to pray with Jesus, just a little quiet time away from the crowds; but that’s not what they got.
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Epiphany 01/31/2016
Last week Pr. Geier preached on the same story I get to share today: Jesus preaching in his hometown.
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Epiphany 01/24/2016
For clergy, being called to serve in your home congregation is usually thought to be a bad idea and it doesn’t happen very often at least not in Lutheran churches, I don’t know so much about others but I think it’s pretty uncommon.
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Epiphany 01/17/2016
This is the first sermon I’ve ever gotten out of a fortune cookie.
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Baptism of Our Lord 01/10/2016
A couple of weeks ago we got to hear the story about Jesus as a boy in the Temple – he was twelve years old.
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Christmas 01/03/2016
Today’s gospel is the same one that is read on Christmas Day.
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2015 Sermons

Christmas 12/27/2015
Here we are, a couple of days after Christmas, and Jesus is already 12 years old. Kids grow up so quickly and I guess Jesus was no exception.
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Christmas Day 12/25/2015
Whenever I have the privilege of delivering a sermon, I feel a great sense of responsibility, and I take that responsibility seriously.
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Christmas Eve 12/24/2015
Do you believe in angels? Some of you may remember that I started a sermon with that question a few years ago and I think more people commented on that sermon than on any other one I’ve ever done.
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Advent 12/20/2015
This morning, our Choir will be lifting up the main message of the day, and, in introduction, I’ll be sharing a few thoughts about how our reading from Luke ties-in to the Cantata’s connected theme of “Cradle and Cross.”
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Advent 12/13/2015
We’ve had a dose of Christmas this morning.... But lest you start feeling too Christmas-y remember ... John the Baptist always shows up during the two middle weeks of Advent to dampen any Christmas cheer you might be feeling?
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Advent 12/06/2015
Out in the wilderness, the prophet John is preaching the word of God that’s come to him, this man who is the son of Zechariah, the priest we heard prophesying in our psalm today.
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Advent 11/29/2015
There is nothing wrong with the church being out of step with the wider culture, in fact, it could be said something is wrong if we aren’t sometimes out of step.
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Thanksgiving 11/24/2015
There's an old story about a Scottish minister named Alexander Wyatt who was know for his uplifting prayers from the pulpit.... Pr. JJ Mannschreck
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Christ the King Sunday 11/22/2015
Here we are; Christ the King Sunday; the end of another church year.
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Pentecost/Mark 13: 1-8 11/15/2015
This is a tough morning to deliver a sermon.
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Mark 12:38-44 11/08/2015
After our Reformation and All Saints readings in the Gospel of John the last two weeks, we’re back in Mark, and Jesus is now in Jerusalem, just a few days before his betrayal and crucifixion.
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All Saints 11/01/2015
If someone were to say to you or to me, "You're a saint," our first reaction would be, "Oh, no. Not me. I'm no saint."
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Reformation 10/25/2015
For any of us, it’s probably hard to imagine Ishpeming as it was in 1870.
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Pentecost 10/18/2015
Mark 10:35-45 - Last week we heard about the rich young man looking for a path to eternal life. Vicar Terry Frankenstein
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Pentecost 10/11/2015
It has sometimes been said that the gospel message should afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.
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Pentecost 10/04/2015
Today’s texts could create a temptation to dive into the culture wars, with references to marriage, divorce and the environment and humanity’s responsibility toward it.
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Pentecost 09/27/2015
Many of you remember Father Jim from down the hill at St. Joe’s.
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Pentecost 09/20/2015
Last week Jesus was walking to the coast along with his disciples, asking them a question about “who” other people were saying he was. Vicar Terry Frankenstein
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Pentecost 09/13/2015
Was Jesus kind of testing the waters, trying to evaluate where things stood as he asked, “Who do people say that I am?” then “Who do you say that I am?”
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Pentecost 09/06/2015
Our theology, our Christology if you will, says that Jesus is fully human and fully divine which our brains tell us is impossible, that you can’t be fully both, except that it’s Jesus we’re talking about so we pretty much accept it as a matter of faith and move on.
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Pentecost 08/30/2015
After a few weeks away, today we return to Mark’s gospel, but it kind of feels like we’ve arrived in the middle of a family argument....
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Pentecost 08/23/2015
Throughout the Bread of Life discourse there has been grumbling and a lack of understanding so why should it end differently?
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Pentecost 08/16/2015
In the lectionary, John’s gospel always comes to us as something of an interlude.
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Pentecost 08/09/2015
About now, one might say, “Enough with the bread already.”
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Pentecost 08/02/2015
Do you remember the “I Won’t Grow Up” song from Peter Pan?
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Pentecost 7/26/2015
How many times do I have to tell you?
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Pentecost 7/19/2015
When the pope came out with his encyclical on climate change the reaction of some was the pope should stay focused on saving souls.
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Ordination of Ann Gonyea 7/12/2015
Once upon a time there was a great sermon about John the Baptist that no one got to hear. Rev. Brian Hiortdahl
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Pentecost 7/12/2015
Theoretically what we do here this morning is entirely separate from what will happen this afternoon with Ann’s ordination.
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Pentecost 7/5/2015
There’s always cause for reflection anytime we have occasion to bring out some of the historical items from the church as we did last week for the Ishpeming Historical Society event.
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Pentecost 6/28/2015
Last week’s lessons had lots of storm on the sea imagery.
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Pentecost 6/21/2015
Today is the first day of summer, as of 12:38 this afternoon anyway; it’s also Father’s Day. But…while it’s still about five months away, today I’m thinking about Thanksgiving.
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Pentecost 6/14/2015
I’m going to tell you a secret. That’s a good way to start a sermon isn’t it, because if you weren’t paying attention before, you’re paying attention now; you want to know what the secret is.
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Corpus Christi 6/7/2015
Today we observe this Second Sunday after Pentecost as the Feast of Corpus Christi, not the city in Texas but Corpus Christi translated from Latin means the Body of Christ, so it’s the Feast of the Body of Christ.
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Trinity Sunday 5/31/2015
Who is God? If you’ve ever been up in my office and seen the hundreds of books on the shelves, there’s no one book that has “Who is God?” as the title, but the vast majority of them, in some form or fashion, address that question.
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Pentecost 5/24/2015
In a perfect world, Pentecost rather than Mothers Day would be the day that’s right there with Christmas and Easter relative to attendance.
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Synod Assembly Sunday,
May 17, 2015

For our Congregations in Worship. Written by Bishop Thomas A Skrenes. Read by Tom Perry of Bethany Lutheran, Ishpeming, MI
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Ascension 5/14/2015
Did Jesus really float off into the clouds in the presence of his disciples or… is this another example of Luke creating an imaginative and memorable story intended as something of an exclamation point, exalting Jesus and placing him in the mysterious presence of God?
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Easter - Mother's Day 5/10/2015
Today is Mothers Day; it’s not a church holiday. Liturgically, today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter ... recent studies show that maybe Mothers Day should be made a church holiday.
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Easter - Holy Humor Sunday 5/3/2015
The more I look around for information on Holy Humor Sunday, the more I find. It does have a history, I’m not just making this up...
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Easter 4/26/2015
In one of Garrison Keillor’s early Lake Wobegon monologues he talked about Memorial Day celebrations from the past when schoolchildren, having been properly prepared, were called on to recite either Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the old poem “In Flanders Fields” about World War I, or the 23rd Psalm but there it is; the psalm was among the things the children of Lake Wobegon were required to memorize.
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Easter 4/19/2015
For many of us, having heard the Passion story and the Easter story every year for however many years we’ve been alive, it gets pretty familiar.
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Easter 4/12/2015
Wouldn’t it be weird if there were more people here today than there were last Sunday?
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Easter Sunday 4/5/2015
With the advent of things like DVD’s and instant downloads something that has become popular, at least among some, is what’s called binge watching of popular TV shows.
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Good Friday 4/3/2015
How quickly the story moves from shouts of “Hosanna!” as Jesus entered Jerusalem, to “Crucify him!” just a few days later.
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Maundy Thursday 4/2/2015
If you did a survey asking people to name their favorite book of the Bible I’m pretty sure that Leviticus would get no votes.
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Palm Sunday 3/29/2015
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Lent 3/22/2015
Covenant has been a theme that directly or indirectly has been part of the Sunday readings throughout Lent, covenants in this context being agreements of some kind between the Lord and the people.
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Lent 3/15/2015
Lent is a little more than half over right now. While a season of forty days plus Sundays really isn’t that long, it’s about now that we all might need something of a whack upside the head to remind us of what the season of Lent is all about....
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Lent 3/8/2015
I’m not a big fan of most of the Jesus movies that show up periodically.
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Lent 3/1/2015
In a lot of ways, today’s second lesson gives us Paul at his best and Paul at his worst.
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Lent 2/22/2015
The story of Noah’s Ark is one of a relatively small group of Bible stories that it’s probably safe to say that pretty much everyone knows at least a little bit.
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Ash Wednesday 2/18/2015
A pastor friend of mine in Chicago who was one of my mentors while I was in seminary, talked about a time when he and a local funeral director and I think it was a Lutheran Brotherhood agent, were leading a workshop at his church on end of life issues.
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Transfiguration 2/15/2015
As you study the Bible, one of the things that becomes clear is that the writers of the gospels frequently re-used familiar themes and imagery and stories from the Old Testament in their telling of the Jesus story and in making their case for who they believed Jesus to be.
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Epiphany 2/8/2015
“Do you believe in miracles?” Some of you remember that that was Al Michaels’ call and question at the end of the “Miracle on Ice” hockey game back in 1980.
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Epiphany 2/1/2015
When you have occasion to visit other churches you may have come across some where the pastor always has a title for the sermon.
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Epiphany 1/25/2015
“The appointed time has grown short…the present form of the world is passing away.” With statements like that, one has to acknowledge that Paul had it wrong.
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Epiphany 1/18/2015
For the better part of 18 years now I’ve made it a habit not to preach on the second lesson which most often comes from the “letters” section of the New Testament, most of those letters written by the apostle Paul.
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Baptism of Our Lord 1/11/2015
Since the earliest days of Christianity the baptism of Jesus has presented difficulties.
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Christmas 1/04/2015
In church we’re still in the Christmas season, but that’s about it; cultural Christmas that started before Thanksgiving pretty much ends when the presents are opened so by now there are far fewer lights and decorations around town, the time for celebrations and parties is past.
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2014 Sermons

Christmas 12/28/2014
Having celebrated Christmas just a few days ago, today can have a “My how you’ve grown” feel about it.
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Christmas Day 12/25/2014
By the time we gather for Christmas Day worship, things always feel a little more relaxed. Actually, for me the pressure starts to ease after the early Christmas Eve service; that’s the most complicated one.
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Christmas Eve 12/24/2014
Last year, Christmas fell on a Wednesday. Wednesday is our trash day as I’m sure it is for some of you, the day you put out the recycling and the garbage for pick up. I was surprised though, when our instructions were to put everything out as usual, that even though it was Christmas, the normal collection would take place, and it did.
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Advent 12/21/2014
The choir will be the primary proclaimer of the word today, but prior to that a few words about Mary are in order.
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Advent 12/14/2014
When you heard the opening verses of today's first lesson, you might have thought that sounds familiar and maybe it is.
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Advent 12/07/2014
“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
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Advent 11/30/2014
Everybody’s got something; that’s the title of a book by Robin Roberts, the co-host of Good Morning America; apparently it’s something her mother used to say to her if she had a complaint.
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Thanksgiving 11/25/2014
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Christ the King 11/23/2014
At the end of every calendar year you get all the year in review stuff, highlights of the major news stories, all the “best of” lists, sometimes “worst of lists,” various media outlets choose their person of the year and with it all there’s reflection on the year gone by and what it all signifies or might signify in the greater arc of history.
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Pentecost 11/16/2014
There isn’t much question that Matthew’s interpretation of this parable of the talents had to do with the return of Jesus to judge the world.
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Pentecost 11/09/2014
We’ve got three Sundays left in this church year and we will end it with three final parables from Jesus, the parables that make up chapter 25 of Matthew. This last part of the church year always moves into themes of judgment and end times and the second coming, themes which then overlap into the first couple of weeks of the season of Advent.
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All Saints Sunday 11/02/2014
I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve preached on Revelation.
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Reformation 10/26/2014
It’s always presumptuous to assume that we know what historical figures who lived a long time ago would think about things that are going on today in contexts that they couldn’t possibly have imagined but still, we do it all the time, usually in trying to justify our own opinions.
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Pentecost 10/19/2014
You might think that at some point the Pharisees would have figured out that Jesus was smarter than they were and would have stopped trying to trap him with trick questions.
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Pentecost 10/12/2014
“The Lord is my shepherd…” That of course is the beginning of Psalm 23, the best known of all the psalms, one of the best known verses in the whole Bible and it also gives us one of the most beloved images that we have of God.
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Pentecost 09/28/2014
I’ve preached a lot of sermons on Jesus’ parables. They were his primary method of teaching, these little stories intended to make you think, to rattle someone’s cage a little bit, to challenge preconceived notions, to turn the tables on the audience.
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Pentecost 09/28/2014
Last week’s gospel was from the beginning of chapter 20 of Matthew and today’s comes toward the end of chapter 21, so the lectionary has skipped a few things.
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Pentecost 09/21/2014
If you were raised Lutheran, you probably have memories of Confirmation.
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Pentecost 09/14/2014
You have to like Peter. I said last week that I sometimes have issues with Paul, but you have to like Peter or at least you have to like how he is portrayed in the gospels.
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Pentecost 09/07/2014
Sometimes I think I’m a bad Lutheran because I don’t feel like I pay close enough attention to the Apostle Paul; his letters aren’t my favorite part of the Bible.
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Pentecost 08/31/2014
I majored in psychology in college; it’s one of those majors that is not overly practical because it doesn’t really provide you with the skills to do anything in terms of being gainfully employed.
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Pentecost 08/24/2014
There's a book about the mission of the church titled Go With the Gospel. It was written by a Lutheran bishop. The church publishing house asked him to write it in terms everyone could understand.- Rev. Douglas Holmgren
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Pentecost 08/17/2014
One of the last things I did on internship was make a home visit and share communion with a wonderful 92-year-old woman named Norma Jean. Seminarian Ann Gonyea
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Pentecost 08/03/2014
This wasn’t the first time Jesus had been in a deserted place, a wilderness place. That’s the setting for the feeding of the five thousand miracle, the only miracle story that appears in all the gospels, but Jesus had been there before.
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Pentecost 07/28/2014
I was going to start this morning by saying Solomon is one of the more complicated characters in the Bible, but then in the somewhat strange and disconnected way my mind works, as I thought about saying that I was reminded of an episode of the old TV show, Cheers.
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Pentecost 07/20/2014
Some of you know from experience if you work in, have loved ones or visit people in nursing homes, you have to try to maintain something of a sense of humor about some of the things that happen because it can be pretty depressing otherwise.
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Pentecost 07/13/2014
Today’s gospel is a case where you’ve got the parable, you’ve got the explanation, so what’s left?
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Pentecost 07/06/2014
“Would the real Jesus please stand up!” Some of you remember the old TV game show To Tell the Truth. In today’s gospel along with the in between omitted verses that I included, you get three, maybe four Jesuses to choose from.
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Pentecost 06/29/2014
The 4th of July comes up this week…parades, cookouts, fireworks and so forth as we remember and celebrate the American colonies declaring their independence from King George and the British Empire.
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Pentecost 06/22/2014
My first reaction when I read this week’s gospel was, thank goodness Father’s Day was last Sunday, not today, what with Jesus talking about setting a son against his father, a daughter against her mother and so forth.
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Holy Trinity 06/15/2014
The minute you begin to speak with certitude about God, he’s gone.
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Pentecost 06/08/2014
The Holy Spirit has always been hard to talk about; to be fair you could say trying to explain God has always presented problems, but for Christians who talk about one God in three persons, the person of the Holy Spirit is particularly problematic.
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Easter 06/01/2014
If Christian faith didn’t include the promise of life after death, would you still be here?
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Ascension 05/29/2014
“He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”
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Easter 05/25/2014
Every year during the Easter season the first reading for each Sunday comes from the book of Acts rather than from the Old Testament as it does the rest of the year.
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Easter - Holy Humor 05/18/2014
A priest, a minister and a rabbi walked into a bar.  The bartender looked at them and said, “Is this some kind of joke?”
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Easter 05/11/2014
The vision of the church from today’s first lesson sure does sound good: they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers, they held all things in common, selling their possessions to make sure the poor were taken care of, they praised God with glad and generous hearts.
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Easter 05/04/2014
One of the spiritual exercises we practiced when I was involved in the Grace Institute program down in Iowa, was to listen to a Bible story read slowly and deliberately several times, and during times of silence as well as while the story was being read, to try to picture yourself as a participant in the story.
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Easter 04/27/2014
I’m going to start at the end today, where John says that these things are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God and that through believing you may have life in his name.
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Easter Sunday 04/20/2014
Imagine the moment! The women arriving early in the morning to see the tomb, to keep watch, to hold a vigil. They weren’t doing what we do this morning; they weren’t coming expecting to hear “Alleluia! He is Risen!”
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Maundy Thursday 04/24/2014
The scripture readings for Maundy Thursday are the same every year. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you remember them from year to year like the Christmas story, but there’s probably a degree of familiarity....
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Passion Introduction 04/13/2014
The shouts of “Hosanna! Save us!” quickly fade.
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Lent 04/06/2014
I read an article last week written by a guy named Jeffrey Brown who is a reporter for the PBS Newshour; that’s really all I know about him; he’s a reporter.
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Lent 03/30/2014
Years ago I remember seeing a play called Noises Off done by the Peterborough Players, a summer theatre company in Peterborough, the town where I lived in New Hampshire.
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Lent 03/23/2014
Nicodemus came to Jesus under cover of darkness. The woman of Samaria, broken and disgraced, meets Jesus in broad daylight. It’s quite a contrast and, knowing the nature of John’s gospel, it’s safe to say the contrast is intentional.
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Lent 03/16/2014
When I was at seminary chapel services were held every day there were classes, which you might expect at a seminary. But Wednesday was the pull out all the stops service every week with Holy Communion, lots of music, choirs and so forth.
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Lent 03/09/2014
The devil goes one for two in today’s lessons. That’s not bad; if a baseball player went one for every two at bats he’d be the greatest hitter of all time.
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Ash Wednesday 03/05/2014
Return to the Lord your God who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. That's the Gospel Acclamation for Lent.
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Transfiguration 3/2/2014
There were a lot more people here on Christmas Eve than there are today; Transfiguration Sunday isn’t one of those days that registers with the wider culture as being a day on which they should go to church.
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Epiphany 2/23/2014
So, we’ve got a weather radio in our bedroom.  And I can’t say it’s altogether convenient when the alarm goes off at four in the morning.  But the point of it is, if there’s a storm coming, we really want to know. Rev. Allan Johnson
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Epiphany 2/16/2014
Well with Easter being a little bit later this year the season of Epiphany we're in is a little bit longer. What that means this year is we spend a little bit more time with the Sermon on the Mount
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Epiphany 2/9/2014
If I was doing your funeral and described you as someone who was “salt of the earth” that would be a good thing wouldn’t it?  I think so.
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Epiphany 2/2/2014
Today we climb the mountain with Jesus and we’ll be up there for awhile, for the whole month of February, receiving his instruction.
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Epiphany 1/26/2014
Jesus didn’t ask for volunteers, he called disciples.
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Epiphany 1/19/2014
The dictionary definition of the word epiphany is a sudden realization or a sudden intuitive leap of understanding.
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Baptism of Our Lord 1/12/2014
Back in 1982 a document titled Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry was released by the World Council of Churches.
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Christmas 1/05/2014
Today is the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
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Christmas 12/29/2013
Today is a day when I think the lectionary is a little bit mean spirited and unfair.
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Christmas Day 12/25/2013
The atmosphere is different on Christmas morning than it is on Christmas Eve.
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Christmas Eve 12/24/2013
It came without ribbons, it came without tags; It came without packages, boxes or bags.
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2013 Sermons

Christmas 12/29/2013
Today is a day when I think the lectionary is a little bit mean spirited and unfair.
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Christmas Day 12/25/2013
The atmosphere is different on Christmas morning than it is on Christmas Eve.
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Christmas Eve 12/24/2013
It came without ribbons, it came without tags; It came without packages, boxes or bags.
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Advent 12/15/2013
With Christmas just a week and a half away now, we loosen the Advent strings a little bit and let the Sunday School and Confirmation kids move us forward with their telling of the Christmas story in words and song, kind of a preview of things to come and always one of the highlights of the season.
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Advent 12/08/2013
This is the week when we usually talk about John the Baptist crashing the pre-Christmas celebration as he calls people names, you brood of vipers, and has visions of unquenchable fire for those who don’t repent.
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Advent 12/01/2013
In my newsletter article I wrote about how watching some movie version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is something I do every year during December; for me anyway, as familiar as the story is, it never gets old, it is a classic.
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Thanksgiving 11/27/2013
Well, as we begin tonight I'm going to ask you a few questions. - Rev. Scott Lindenberg
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Christ the King 11/24/2013
Christ the King Sunday seems like it’s a day in search of a ritual. 
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Pentecost 11/17/2013
Texts like today’s gospel used to scare me; as it says on the cover of your bulletin, “The tone of today’s texts is ominous.”
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Pentecost 11/10/2013
If Jesus walked through that door and you could ask him one question, what would it be?
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All Saints Sunday 11/03/2013
Today is All Saints Day. As we remember all those who have died in the faith before us and we remember that in Christ we too are saints. Rev Katherine Finegan
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Reformation 10/27/2013
We're now at the end of a series of Jeremiah readings that started back in August.
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Pentecost 10/20/2013
Back when I lived in New Hampshire, on the road between Peterborough and Keene there was a house painted a hideous purple color; you couldn’t help but notice it every time you drove by.
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Pentecost 10/13/2013
In some ways this week’s part of Jeremiah is a response to last week’s Psalm 137, a psalm which, based on the comments of some of you, did get your attention.
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Pentecost 10/06/2013
I warned you a couple of weeks ago that a reading from Lamentations was coming and today’s the day.
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Pentecost 09/29/2013
In case you hadn’t noticed, Jesus was a pretty good story teller.
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Pentecost 09/22/2013
Well during the past few weeks we’ve had several gospel readings that have made us a little uncomfortable.
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Pentecost 09/15/2013
Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light.  And God saw that it was good;” God saw that it was good.
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Pentecost 09/08/2013
My guess is that no one would be too upset if someone had accidentally pressed the delete button and chapter 14 of Luke’s gospel had disappeared into ancient cyberspace.
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Pentecost 09/01/2013
It’s Labor Day weekend, unofficially the last weekend of summer with most “fall” schedules beginning this week if they didn’t start already last week.
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Pentecost 08/25/2013
Another healing story; another healing story that takes place in the synagogue on the Sabbath thus irritating the leaders of the synagogue.  It seems like, with slight variations, we’ve heard all this before and it’s true.
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Pentecost 08/18/2013
This is one of those gospel texts that no one likes, or at least I don’t think anyone likes it.
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Pentecost 08/04/2013
I said a couple of weeks ago that the prophets don’t really make for pleasant  summer reading and if you’ve been following the daily lectionary or just listening to the readings on Sunday morning I think you know what I mean; most of it isn’t feel good stuff.
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Pentecost 07/28/2013
There are probably at least a couple of things we can all agree on regarding prayer.
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Pentecost 07/21/2013
I think it’s usually around early June that summer reading lists start to show up in newspapers, TV, the internet and so forth; schools send them home with kids at the end of the year too.
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Pentecost 07/14/2013
When a parable becomes a cliché does it still have anything to say to us?  That’s the problem with the Good Samaritan.
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Pentecost 07/07/2013
Today’s gospel is most often understood as a classic mission text with Jesus’ instructions to the seventy who were to go out ahead of him and then the report of their triumphant return.
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Pentecost 06/29/2013
I’ve never seen a tornado; I hope I never do. The one in the Wizard of Oz was scary enough for me.
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Pentecost 06/23/2013
I've done a lot of public speaking, but never from a pulpit. Talk about getting out of your comfort zone and doing something new. - Tom Perry
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Pentecost 06/16/2013
You remember Ahab and Jezebel from a couple of weeks ago?  The contest on Mt. Carmel?  Well, they’re back!
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Pentecost 06/09/2013
As you heard the lessons read this morning you probably noticed the similarity between the last part of the first reading where Elijah raised the son of a widow at Zarephath and the gospel where Jesus raised the son of a widow at Nain.
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Pentecost 06/02/2013
The Bible contains a number of what are called etiologies which are stories that explain the origin of some custom or phenomena, could be a physical feature or a name.
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Trinity Sunday 05/26/2013
On Trinity Sunday, there’s a temptation to just quote Martin Luther who said, “The Trinity should be adored, not explained,” then say “Amen,” and move on to the next hymn.
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Pentecost 05/19/2013
Pentecost pushes us out there; it pushes us out there just beyond that which we can know and understand; that’s what happens when you start to talk about the Holy Spirit.
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Easter 05/12/2013
Today we reach the Seventh and final Sunday of Easter. I have to say though, that even for those of us who appreciate and celebrate the fullness of the church year ... seven weeks is a long time to keep the resurrection glow going.
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Ascension 05/09/2013
The Ascension of Jesus is the final act of his earthly mission.
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Easter 05/05/2013
Our first hymn this morning echoed the second reading where it speaks of seeing the streams of living waters springing from eternal love.
Rev. Allan Johnson
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Easter - Holy Humor 04/28/2013
Holy Humor Sunday is not on any official liturgical calendar that I know of, but there is some basis for it especially during the Easter season.
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Easter 04/21/2013
A funny thing happened to me a couple of years ago, something I never would have predicted would happen; I’m still a little embarrassed to talk about it; I started reading poetry.
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Easter 04/14/2013
I don’t think there’s much question that the end of last week’s Doubting Thomas reading was the intended end of John’s gospel: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples which are not written in this book."
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Easter 04/07/2013
There’s a novel by John Irving titled A Prayer for Owen Meany; I don’t know if any of you have read it but I’ve read a few John Irving novels and of the ones I’ve read it’s my favorite.
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Easter Sunday 03/31/2013
There’s an old Jewish prayer that begins, “Days pass and years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles.”
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Good Friday 03/29/2013
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Of the seven words we consider today, forsaken is probably the most difficult one to hear.
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Maundy Thursday 03/28/2013
Tonight we begin the Great Three Days. The liturgies unfold the mystery of God’s love in events that don’t seem to be about love but about how things can go wrong, betrayal, deceit and false accusations.
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Palm Sunday 03/24/2013
With all of the gospels, the Passion, the account of Jesus arrest, trial and crucifixion is the longest and most detailed part of the story.
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Lent 03/17/2013
“Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old.”  It might not strike you at first, but that is an astonishing statement from the prophet Isaiah.
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Lent 03/10/2013
There was survey done a couple of years ago on Love and Forgiveness in American Society.
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Lent 03/03/2013
Do you ever remember trying to get a teacher off track, changing the subject, getting them to talk about something else, so you could hopefully avoid doing something you didn’t want to do?
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Lent 02/24/2013
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  You’ve probably heard that before.
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Lent 02/17/2013
On this First Sunday in Lent, the battle lines are drawn. 
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Ash Wednesday 02/13/2013
Throughout the history of Christianity, Easter has been the primary festival, the center of the church year.
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Transfiguration 02/10/2013
Moses went up Mt. Sinai and received the two stone tablets of the covenant, the covenant that included the Ten Commandments.
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Epiphany 02/03/2013
“Love is patient; love is kind.”  When you hear those words and the ones that follow you probably can’t help but think “wedding,” maybe your own.
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Epiphany 01/27/2013
When I opened this text to read it I had one of those little God surprise moments.... Ann Gonyea
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Epiphany 01/20/2013
The water to wine miracle is another Bible story that we tend to think of as common knowledge, one that everyone knows.
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Baptism of Our Lord 01/13/2013
Does the number 24601 mean anything to you?  It registers with a few of you; I’ll try to get the rest of you up to speed here eventually.
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Christmas 12/30/12
You hear me talk a lot about new possibilities, new opportunities, about second chances and about new beginnings as being a central theme that runs through the Bible.
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Christmas Day 12/25/2012
Christmas Day worship always kind of feels to me a little bit like a party after most everyone has gone home.
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Christmas Eve 12/24/2012
Some of you remember that I did a sermon earlier this year that talked about angels.
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2012 Sermons

Christmas 12/30/12
You here me talk a lot about new possibilities, new opportunities, about second chances and about new beginnings as being a central theme that runs through the Bible.
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Christmas Day 12/25/2012
Christmas Day worship always kind of feels to me a little bit like a party after most everyone has gone home.
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Christmas Eve 12/24/2012
Some of you remember that I did a sermon earlier this year that talked about angels.
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Advent 12/23/2012
In church it’s not really until today, on this last Sunday of Advent, that Christmas as most of us think about it is clearly on the horizon.
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Advent 12/16/2012
Every year on the Third Sunday of Advent the word of the day is “rejoice.”
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Advent 12/09/2012
I have to say that John the Baptist is a character who kind of intrigues me.
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Advent 12/02/2012
One of the themes of Advent is waiting.  We all know about waiting and I dare say that most of us don’t like it.
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Christ the King 11/25/2012
We’ve never done confirmation on Christ the King Sunday before.
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Thanksgiving 11/22/2012
Are you familiar with the story of Stone Soup?
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Pentecost 11/18/2012
I’ve mentioned before how gospel readings like today’s scared me when I first read them, which, if I remember correctly, was as a kid in confirmation class...
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Pentecost 11/11/2012
“The widow’s mite” is another one of those phrases that has become quite commonly used in the wider culture even though there are probably people who don’t know of its biblical origins in this story of a widow making an offering that amounts to about a penny.
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All Saints Sunday 11/04/12
When Pastor asked me to preach today in his absence, I was initially thrilled to once more address my Bethany family from this pulpit. Bob Clark
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Reformation Sunday 10/28/2012
Have you ever asked yourself why you’re a Lutheran?
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Pentecost 10/21/2012
Job may not be one of the best known books of the Bible, but I think it’s a book that a lot of people at least know a little about because Job is the Bible’s poster boy for “bad things happen to good people.”
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Pentecost 10/14/2012
This is my tenth Anniversary Sunday.  Did you know that?  I’ve been here for a while.
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Pentecost 10/07/2012
Today’s gospel is another example of what I talked about last week.  If you were here last week, remember the target?
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Pentecost 10/01/2012
Then there was Esther...
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Pentecost 09/23/2012
“They did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.”
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Pentecost 09/16/2012
In today’s gospel Jesus poses the big question, “Who do you say that I am?”
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Pentecost 09/09/2012
I think Jesus was having a bad day - got up on the wrong side of the bed or something. Can I say that?
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Pentecost 09/02/2012
Supper’s ready—go wash your hands.  My parents said that to me, your parents said it to you, you said it to your kids, parents still say it because they always have.
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Pentecost 08/26/2012
The words are familiar, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.”
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Pentecost 08/19/2012
I think most of the people from Bethany know that for the past year every three months I've been going down to Iowa to spend a couple of days at the Grace Institute.
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Pentecost 08/12/2012
In a meditation on today's lesson from Ephesians, Episcopal priest Barbara Brown-Taylor recalls a book written by former secretary of education William Bennett titled The Book of Virtues.
Rev. Doug Holmgren
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Pentecost 08/05/2012
We love a scandal don’t we?  We must; if we didn’t, what passes for news these days wouldn’t focus so much on the latest celebrity, politician, sports star, family, church or school that’s in trouble about something.
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Pentecost 07/29/2012
I thought about omitting the sermon today - letting you out early.
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Pentecost 07/22/2012
After attending the open house at the synagogue down the hill here a week ago Saturday, I was looking at their website and there was a link to their denomination magazine, the equivalent I suppose of our Lutheran magazine.
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Pentecost 07/15/2012
You may have heard on the news over the past couple of weeks about scientists being excited because they think they’ve found evidence of what they call the Higgs boson, also known as the “god particle”
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Pentecost 07/08/2012
A lot of pastors probably wouldn’t confess to watching My Name is Earl reruns but I confess.
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Pentecost 07/01/2012
If I were teaching a class on the gospels, and I had to choose one text that was representative of the Gospel of Mark, today’s might be as good as any to help illustrate some of the characteristic features of Mark.
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Pentecost 06/24/2012
The story of David and Goliath is probably the one David story that everyone knows.
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Pentecost 06/17/2012
We all have images indelibly etched in our minds - Jim Bjorne
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Pentecost 06/10/2012
The Lord is King is a frequent refrain in some of the Psalms, some, not all because there are others that do praise an earthly king.
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Trinity Sunday 06/03/2012
Nicodemus is the featured character in today’s gospel reading and he’s a good character for us to think about on this day when we honor our high school graduates.
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Day of Pentecost 05/27/2012
James D.G. Dunn, a prominent New Testament scholar who has written three door stop volumes on the development of early Christianity, calls chapter 2 of Acts, Luke’s version of the big bang and I think that’s a good way to think of it.
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Easter 05/20/2012
You ever wonder about numbers in the Bible?
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Ascension 05/17/2012
The two accounts of the Ascension that were just read, one from Acts, one from Luke are the only two such accounts.
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Easter 05/13/2012
Acts is often understood as the history of the early church but similar to how we understand the gospels, you have to keep in mind that Luke wasn’t trying to write history as we think of it.
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Easter 05/06/2012
Every once in  a while, perhaps more often than once in a while, a Gospel reading will come along and it will be full of things that don't sound like Gospel at all.
Rev. Katherine Finegan
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Easter 04/29/2012
One day Groucho Marx was getting off an elevator and waiting to get on was a clergyman wearing the uniform, all black, clerical collar.
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Easter 04/22/2012
If someone relatively new to Christianity came to me and said they wanted to read a gospel, not all four but just one, and they wondered which one they should read, I would recommend Luke.
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Easter 04/15/2012
... Mary Magdalene tells the disciples she has seen the Lord but rather than celebrate they remain in the house having locked themselves in.
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Easter Sunday 08/04/2012
“And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”  That’s how Mark’s Easter story ends....
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Good Friday 04/06/2012
They must have thought it was over. The Roman authorities, the temple authorities must have thought it was over, this little disturbance caused by Jesus and his followers.
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Maundy Thursday 04/05/2012
Maybe more than at any other worship service all year, tonight is about what we do....
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Palm Sunday 04/01/2012
Back on the First Sunday in Lent we heard the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness, every year that’s the story we hear on that Sunday.
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Lent 03/27/2012
Have mercy on me, oh God, according to your loving kindness. Rev. Warren Geier
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Lent 03/18/2012
Today the scripture lessons are brimming with the Good News of belief in God and of being a Christian (Sermon by Bob Clark)
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Lent 03/11/2012
If you’re like me, your first image of Jesus was either Sallman’s Head of Christ, blond haired, blue eyed Scandinavian Jesus or pictures of Jesus as the Good Shepherd looking after helpless sheep.
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Lent 03/04/2012
My first question concerning the reading from Romans today is just what stories about Abraham had Paul heard?
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Lent 02/26/2012
Do you believe in angels?
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Ash Wednesday 02/22/2012
Lent.  It comes from the Old English word for spring, that word being lengten which actually refers to the lengthening of the days at this time of year.
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Transfiguration 02/19/2012
It’s easier to start with the back end of the Transfiguration story and that is usually where we start, with the disciples coming down from the mountain.
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Epiphany 02/12/2012
The central theme in today's scriptures is healing. - Rev. Rudy Kemppainen
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Epiphany 02/05/2012
I got a new CD a few weeks ago of legendary jazz pianist Hank Jones and bassist Charlie Haden playing hymns and spirituals, even a couple of Christmas carols.
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Epiphany 01/29/2012
I’m going to talk about Sacred Space and holy ground, but first the Super Bowl.
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Epiphany 01/22/2012
The image you get from this gospel text today is of those first disciples dropping everything to follow Jesus, a complete break from what they had been doing.
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Epiphany 01/15/2012
The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.  As an opening line, that paints a pretty bleak picture.
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Baptism of Our Lord 01/08/2012
I don’t know how familiar you are with Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, a play about ordinary people in a small New Hampshire community back around the 1930’s.
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Epiphany 01/05/2012
On Christmas Eve I talk a lot about the power of the story to captivate us, and it does. Tonight’s Epiphany story though, is equally captivating and compelling, maybe even more so.
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Christmas 01/01/2012
The elephant in the room or in the church today is the fact that it’s New Year’s Day; it’s a fact that’s hard to ignore.
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2011 Sermons

Christmas Day 12/25/2011
Christmas worship in the daytime always feels different to me than Christmas worship at night.
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Christmas Eve 12/24/2011
After reading the Gospel lesson at this service it always feels like there isn’t a need to say much more.
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Advent 12/18/2011
Today, on this Fourth Sunday of Advent, with the Gospel lesson I just read, we move more into what we think of as the Christmas Story.
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Advent 12/11/2011
In the lessons for today we’re still in Advent, more in the mode of just hearing faint hints of things to come as again this week there is nothing in the lessons that connects directly to the Christmas story, only hints.
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Advent 12/04/2011
On this Second Sunday of Advent, we continue to be out of step with the wider culture’s observance of this season.
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Advent 11/27/2011
The story begins again on this First Sunday of Advent. For Christians, our story is the Jesus story; the cycle of the church year takes us through that story.
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Thanksgiving 11/22/2011
Rev. Scott Lindenberg
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Christ the King 11/21/2011
Christology is probably not a word most of you are familiar with but you’re probably smart enough to figure out what it means.
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Pentecost 11/13/2011
This parable is so familiar that it has become a cliché.
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All Saints Sunday 11/06/2011
These words of blessing were just as stunning to those who heard them from Jesus’ own lips as they are to us today.
Pastor Chrys Levesque Hendrick
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All Hallows Eve 10/30/2011
Well Halloween is evil, you know that right? That's what some would say.
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Pentecost 10/23/2011
I’m a sucker for a happy ending....
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Pentecost 10/16/2011
Today’s gospel, the “render unto Caesar” text, at first seems like it would be more appropriate for stewardship Sunday....
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Pentecost 10/09/2011
It’s one of those weeks when there isn’t much gospel in the gospel, not much good news ....
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Pentecost 10/02/2011
As I talked about last week, Moses’ life couldn’t have been all that easy.
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Pentecost 09/25/2011
On Sunday Morning we turn it off and we gather for worship. And what we do in worship is different from anything we do the rest of the week...
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Pentecost 09/18/2011
OK, I get it.  This parable of the laborers in the vineyard is about God’s grace; it’s about the fact that the rules in God’s kingdom are different, you don’t earn God’s grace....
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Pentecost 09/11/2011
Ten years ago, right about now, the numbing significance of what was happening in New York and Washington and Pennsylvania on that Tuesday morning was starting to sink in.
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Pentecost 09/04/2011
You’re all faithful church members, here on a holiday weekend at the end of summer, so I’m sure you could all recite the Ten Commandments for me.
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Pentecost 08/28/2011
Moses has been described as having  had an “interrupted life” and I think interrupted life is an idea worth thinking about.
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Pentecost 08/21/2011
Peter passed the test.  When Jesus surprised the disciples with a pop quiz Peter had the correct answer to “Who do you say that I am?”  He got it.
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Pentecost 08/14/2011
In the past month or so I attended both the ordination and the installation of Dave Johnson the new pastor at Faith.
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Pentecost 08/07/2011
I have a confession to make.… I absolutely cannot put myself into the disciples’ experience. Pastor Chrys Levesque Hendrick
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Pentecost 07/31/2011
According to legend, the Apostles’ Creed was composed by the Apostles, having been inspired by the Holy Spirit, on the tenth day after the Ascension of Jesus with each of the twelve apostles contributing one clause.
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Pentecost 07/24/2011
“Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob;” so it says in Matthew 1:2, the beginning of the genealogy of Jesus. 
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Pentecost 07/10/2011
Now hold it right there.  What if that’s all we had, that there was no explanation in subsequent verses?
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Pentecost 07/03/2011
If the promise to Abraham about offspring as numerous as the stars was to come true, Isaac needed a wife.
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Pentecost 06/26/2011
Abraham is one of the key figures of the Bible, the father of the Jewish people with many stories and references concerning him in both testaments.
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Holy Trinity Sunday - 06/19/2011
The doctrine of the Trinity was a product of controversy.
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Pentecost 06/12/2011
Things were out of control in the house where the disciples and others had gathered.
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Easter 06/05/2011
What is glory?  What do you think of when you hear that word?
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Ascension 06/02/2011
“Lord is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?"
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Easter 05/29/2011
The reading from Acts last week had to do with the stoning of Stephen, the story of the first Christian to die for his faith.
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Easter 05/22/2011
The name Rob Bell probably doesn’t mean a lot to you; it doesn’t mean that much to me either but from what I know about him, I think he and I agree on some things. 
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Easter 05/15/2011
By the Fourth Sunday of Easter it does get a little hard to keep the Easter glow going.
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Easter 05/08/2011
For Cleopas it was time to go home.  There wasn’t much reason to stay in Jerusalem.
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Easter 05/01/2011
Showing up for church the Sunday after Easter seems a little bit like showing up late for a party.
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Easter Sunday 04/24/2011
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary never saw it coming; how could they?  People didn’t rise from the dead, then, now or ever; it didn’t happen.
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Good Friday 04/22/2011
It is finished.  In John’s gospel those are Jesus’ last words from the cross.
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Maundy Thursday 04/21/2011
It’s hard to fully imagine the scene we think about tonight, especially the contrast between what was going on inside and what was going on outside.
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Lent 04/10/2011
Many of you probably remember the days of school clothes, play clothes and church clothes.
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Lent 04/03/2011
And so we come to the best known of all the psalms, maybe the best known six verses in the whole Bible.
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Lent 03/27/2011
Today the encounter is with a woman, a Samaritan, a marginal member of society who comes to Jesus in broad daylight. 
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Lent 03/20/2011
There’s probably no theme I return to more often than that of “faith as a journey.”
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Lent 03/13/11
Confession of sin is central to Ash Wednesday, but on this first Sunday in Lent sin is still very much on the agenda.
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Ash Wednesday 03/09/2011
There's a story you may have heard about a woman who dies and encounters St. Peter at the pearly gates of heaven.
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Transfiguration 03/06/2011
I’m not sure I’ve ever been quite so ready for and happy about Transfiguration Sunday as I am this year.
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Epiphany 02/27/2011
It might have been nice if Easter was a week earlier and we could have avoided today’s gospel text.
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Epiphany 02/20/2011
With the Sermon on the Mount one thing seems indisputable - Jesus must have meant what he said because he kept hammering away at the same themes.
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Epiphany 02/13/2011
You have heard that it was said, you shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not bear false witness.
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Epiphany 02/06/2011
Today we see the other role of a prophet, a role defined by telling it like it is....
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Epiphany 01/30/2011
I pick up where I left off last week: are we disciples or are we just part of the crowd?
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Epiphany - 01/23/2011
Liturgically, we’re now in what is called “ordinary” time.
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Epiphany - 01/16/2011
“What are you looking for?” Jesus asks, and the disciples respond, “Where are you staying?”
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Baptism of Our Lord - 01/09/2011
“Who am I?  Why am I here?”
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Epiphany - 01/06/2011
The story of the Wise Men is at the center of Matthew’s telling of the nativity story.
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Christmas - 01/02/2011
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God,” and so begins John’s gospel. 
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2010 Sermons

Christmas 12/26

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve

Advent 12/20

Advent Lessons & Carols Intro 12/19

Advent 12/12

Advent 12/5

Advent 11/28

Thanksgiving 11/23

Christ the King 11/21

Pentecost 11/14

All Saints 11/7
Ann Gonyea

Reformation - Confirmation 10/31

Pentecost 10/24

Pentecost 10/17

Pentecost 10/10

Pentecost 10/3

Pentecost 9/26

Pentecost 9/19

Pentecost 9/12

Pentecost 9/5

Pentecost 8/29

Pentecost 8/22

Pentecost 8/15

Pentecost 8/1

Pentecost 7/25

Pentecost 7/18

Pentecost 7/4

Pentecost 6/27

Pentecost 6/13

Pentecost 6/6

Trinity Sunday 5/30

Pentecost 5/23

Easter 5/16

Ascension 5/13

Easter 5/9

Easter 5/2

Easter 4/25

Easter 4/11

Easter 4/4

Maundy Thursday 4/1

Lent 3/14

Lent 3/7

Lent 2/28

Lent 2/21

Ash Wednesday 2/18

Transfiguration 2/14

Epiphany 2/7

Epiphany 1/31

Epiphany 1/24

Epiphany 1/17

Baptism of Our Lord 1/10

Epiphany 1/6

Christmas 1/3

Christmas Day 2009

Christmas Eve (11:00) 2009

2010 Sermons - Audio

Christmas 12/26

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve

Advent 12/30

Advent Lessons & Carols Intro 12/19

Advent 12/12

Advent 12/5

Advent 11/28

Thanksgiving 11/23

Christ the King 11/21

All Saints 11/7
Ann Gonyea

Reformation - Confirmation 10/31

Pentecost 10/24

Pentecost 10/17

Pentecost 10/10

Pentecost 10/3

Pentecost 9/26

Pentecost 9/19

Pentecost 9/12

Pentecost 9/5

Pentecost 8/29

Pentecost 8/22

Pentecost 8/15

Pentecost 8/8
Rev. D. Holmgren

Pentecost 8/1

Pentecost 7/25

Pentecost 7/18

Pentecost 7/11
Rev. Maki

Pentecost 7/4

Pentecost 6/27

Pentecost 6/20
Rev. Lee Goodwin

Pentecost 6/13

Pentecost 6/6

Trinity Sunday 5/30

Pentecost 5/23

Easter 5/16

Ascension 5/13

Easter 5/9

Easter 5/2

Easter 4/25

Easter 4/18
Rev Art Weiss

Easter 4/11

Easter 4/4

Maundy Thursday 4/1

Lent 3/21

Lent 3/14

Lent 3/7

Lent 2/28

Lent 2/21

Ash Wednesday 2/18

Transfiguration 2/14

Epiphany 2/7

Epiphany 1/31

Epiphany 1/24

Epiphany 1/17

Baptism of Our Lord 1/10

Epiphany 1/6

Christmas 1/3

2009 Sermons - Audio

Christmas 12/27

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve (11:00)

Christmas Eve (4:00)

Advent 12/13

Advent 12/6

Advent 11/29

Thanksgiving 11/24
Rev. S. Lindenberg

Christ the King 11/22

Pentecost 11/15

Pentecost 11/08

Reformation 10/25

Pentecost 10/18

Pentecost 10/11

Pentecost 10/4

Pentecost 9/27

Pentecost 9/20

Pentecost 9/13

Pentecost 9/6

Pentecost 8/30

Pentecost 8/23

Pentecost 8/16

Pentecost 8/2

Pentecost 7/26

Pentecost 7/19

Pentecost 7/12

Pentecost 7/5

Pentecost 6/28
Pastor Peggy Rose

Pentecost 6/21

Pentecost 6/14

Trinity Sunday 6/7

Pentecost 5/31

Easter 5/24

Ascension 5/21

Easter 5/17

Easter 5/10

Easter 5/3

Easter 4/26

Easter 4/19

Easter Sunday 4/12

Good Friday 4/10

Maundy Thursday 4/9

Palm Sunday Passion Intro 4/5

Lent 3/29

Lent 3/22

Lent 3/15

Lent 3/8

Lent 3/1

Ash Wednesday 2/25

Transfiguration 2/22

Epiphany 2/15

Epiphany 2/8

Epiphany 2/1

Epiphany 1/25

Epiphany 1/18

Baptism of Our Lord 1/11 (Pastor Weiss)

Epiphany 1/6

Christmas 1/4

2008 Sermons - Text

Christmas 12/28

Christmas Day 12/25

Christmas Eve 12/24 (11:00)

Christmas Eve 12/24 (4:00)

Advent 12/21

Advent 12/14

Advent 12/7

Advent 11/30

Thanksgiving 11/25

Christ the King 11/23

Pentecost 11/16

Pentecost 11/9

All Saints Day 11/2

Reformation Confirmation 10/26

Pentecost 10/19

Pentecost 10/12

Pentecost 10/5

Pentecost 9/28

Pentecost 9/21

Pentecost 9/14

Pentecost 9/7

Pentecost 8/31

Pentecost 8/24

Pentecost 8/17

Pentecost 8/10

Pentecost 8/3

Pentecost 7/27

Pentecost 7/20

Pentecost 7/6

Peter & Paul 6/29

Pentecost 6/22

Pentecost 6/15

Pentecost 6/8

Pentecost 6/1

Pentecost 5/25

Holy Trinity 5/18

Pentecost 5/11

Easter 5/4

Ascension Day 5/1

Easter 4/27

Easter 4/20

Easter 4/13

Easter 4/6

Easter 3/30

Easter Sunday 3/23

Maundy Thursday 3/20

Palm Sunday 3/16

Lent 3/9

Lent 3/2

Lent 2/24

Lent 2/17

Lent 2/10

Ash Wednesday 2/6

Transfiguration - 2/3

Epiphany - 1/27

Epiphany - 1/20

Baptism of Our Lord 1/13

Epiphany 1/6

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2008 Sermons - Audio

Christmas 12/28

Christmas Day 12/25

Christmas Eve 12/24 (11:00)

Christmas Eve 12/24 (4:00)

Advent 12/21

Advent 12/14

Advent 12/7

Advent 11/30

Thanksgiving 11/25

Christ the King 11/23

Pentecost 11/16

Pentecost 11/9

All Saints Day 11/2

Reformation Confirmation 10/26

Pentecost 10/19

Pentecost 10/12

Pentecost 10/5

Pentecost 9/28

Pentecost 9/14

Pentecost 8/31

Pentecost 8/24

Pentecost 8/17

Pentecost 8/10

Pentecost 8/3

Pentecost 7/27

Pentecost 7/20

Pentecost 7/6

Peter & Paul 6/29

Pentecost 6/22

Pentecost 6/15

Pentecost 6/8

Pentecost 6/1

Pentecost 5/25

Holy Trinity 5/18

Pentecost 5/11

Easter 5/4

Ascension Day 5/1

Easter 4/27

Easter 4/20

Easter 4/13

Easter 4/6

Easter 3/30

Easter Sunday 3/23

Maundy Thursday 3/20

Palm Sunday 3/16

Lent 3/9

Lent 3/2

Lent 2/24

Lent 2/17

Lent 2/10

Ash Wednesday 2/6

Transfiguration - 2/3

Epiphany - 1/27

Epiphany - 1/20

Baptism of Our Lord 1/13

Epiphany 1/6

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2007 Sermons - Text

Christmas 12/30

Christmas Day 12/25

Christmas Eve 12/24 (11:00)

Christmas Eve 12/24 (4:00)

Advent 12/23

Advent 12/16

Advent 12/9

Advent 12/2

Christ the King 11/25

Pentecost 11/18

Pentecost 11/11

All Saints - 11/4

Pentecost - 10/28

Pentecost - 10/21

Pentecost - 10/14

Pentecost - 10/7

Pentecost - 9/30

Pentecost - 9/23

Pentecost - 9/16

Pentecost - 9/9

Pentecost - 9/2

Pentecost - 8/26

Pentecost - 8/19

Pentecost - 8/12

Pentecost - 8/5

Pentecost - 7/29

Pentecost 7/22

Pentecost 7/15

Pentecost 7/1

Pentecost 6/24

Pentecost 6/17

Pentecost - 6/10

Trinity Sunday - 6/3

Pentecost - 5/27

Easter 5/13

Easter 5/6

Easter 4/22

Easter 4/15

Easter 4/8

Lent 3/25

Lent 3/18

Lent 3/4

Lent 2/25

Transfiguration - 2/18

Epiphany - 2/11

Epiphany - 2/4

Epiphany - 1/28

Epiphany - 1/21

Epiphany - 1/14

Baptism of Our Lord - 1/7

2007 Sermons - Audio

Christmas 12/30

Christmas Day 12/25

Christmas Eve 12/24 (11:00)

Christmas Eve 12/24 (4:00)

Advent 12/23

Advent 12/16

Advent 12/9

Advent 12/2

Christ the King 11/25

Pentecost 11/18

Pentecost 11/11

All Saints - 11/4

Pentecost - 10/28

Pentecost - 10/21

Pentecost - 10/14

Pentecost - 10/7

Pentecost - 9/30

Pentecost - 9/23

Pentecost - 9/16

Pentecost - 9/9

Pentecost - 9/2

Pentecost - 8/26

Pentecost - 8/19

Pentecost - 8/12

Pentecost - 8/5

Pentecost - 7/29

Pentecost 7/22

Pentecost 7/15

Pentecosr 7/8

Pentecost 7/1

Pentecost 6/24

Pentecost 6/17

Pentecost - 6/10

Trinity Sunday - 6/3

Pentecost - 5/27

Easter 5/20

Easter 5/13

Easter 5/6

Easter 4/29

Easter 4/22

Easter 4/15

Easter 4/8

Maundy Thursday 4/5

Palm Sunday 4/1

Lent 3/25

Lent 3/18

Lent 3/11

Lent 3/4

Lent 2/25

Ash Wednesday - 2/21

Transfiguration - 2/18

Epiphany - 2/11

Epiphany - 2/4

Epiphany - 1/28

Epiphany - 1/21

Epiphany - 1/14

Baptism of Our Lord - 1/7

2006 Sermons - Text

Christmas - 12/31

Christmas Day - 12/25

Christmas Midnight - 12/24

Christmas Eve - 12/24

Advent - 12/17

Advent - 12/10

Advent - 12/3

Christ the King Sunday - 11/26

Pentecost - 11/19

Pentecost - 11/12

All Saints - 11/5

Reformation - 10/29

Pentecost - 10/22

Pentecost - 10/15

Pentecost - 10/8

Pentecost - 10/1

Pentecost - 9/24

Pentecost - 9/17

Pentecost - 9/10

Pentecost - 9/3

Pentecost - 8/27

Pentecost - 8/13

Pentecost - 8/6

Pentecost - 7/30

Pentecost - 7/23

Pentecost - 7/16

Pentecost - 7/9

Pentecost - 7/2

Pentecost - 6/25

Pentecost - 6/18

Trinity - 6/11

Pentecost - 6/4

Easter - 5/28

Easter - 5/14

Easter - 5/7

Easter - 4/30

Lent - 4/2

Lent - 3/26

Lent - 3/19

Lent - 3/12

Lent - 3/5

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2006 Sermons - Audio

Christmas - 12/31

Christmas Day - 12/25

Christmas Midnight - 12/25

Christmas Eve - 12/24

Advent - 12/17

Advent - 12/10

Advent - 12/3

Christ the King Sunday - 11/26

Pentecost - 11/19

Pentecost - 11/12

All Saints - 11/5

Reformation - 10/29

Pentecost - 10/22

Pentecost - 10/15

Pentecost - 10/8

Pentecost - 10/1

Pentecost - 9/24

Pentecost - 9/17

Pentecost - 9/10

Pentecost - 9/3

Pentecost - 8/27

Pentecost - 8/13

Pentecost - 8/6

Pentecost - 7/30

Pentecost - 7/23

Pentecost - 7/16

Pentecost - 7/9

Pentecost - 7/2

Pentecost - 6/25

Pentecost - 6/18

Trinity - 6/11

Pentecost - 6/4

Easter - 5/28

Easter - 5/14

Easter - 5/8

Easter - 4/30

Easter - 4/16

Palm Sunday - 4/9

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Bethany Lutheran Church
715 Mather Avenue
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Phone: 906-486-4351
Fax: 906-486-9640
contact@bethanyishpeming.org

Rev. Warren Geier, Pastor
pastor@bethanyishpeming.org

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