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January 14, 2018

  A little boy keeps hearing his name called, but the only other person in the building keeps insisting he did not call the boy. These days, we might decide the boy is having auditory hallucinations and put him on medication. Fortunately for Samuel—and for us—Eli had another interpretation. I want to stop for a…

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January 7, 2018 Baptism of Our Lord

For Christmas, I made my dad a book of recent photos of family members. Dad likes to look at the photos my siblings and extended family post on Facebook, but it’s not all that convenient, and his eyesight is not that great, so it can be challenging to see them on screen. I expected it…

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December 31, 2017

When I was a high school senior, I was fortunate to be able to take several college-level courses. I had to go over to Bowdoin College for one of them, but the rest were offered in my high school by the teachers on staff. In addition to AP German and English, I was eligible for…

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Christmas Eve 2017

I imagine many of you heard the music of Georg Friedrich Handel as you heard that first reading tonight. All those amazing names: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. It’s at the heart of what we are here celebrating tonight—that God came to be one of us, to live among us, to…

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December 24, 2017 Advent 4

Deacon Lanny Wenthe, preaching *************** We plan, God laughs. The road of life is unpredictable. When I was about eight years old, my friend and I decided that we were going to be nuns when we grew up. This was during the summer as I remember, and much to my atheist mother’s lack of approval…

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December 17, 2017 Advent 3

Any of you who were here last week may be experiencing a sense of déjà vu. Thinking, “Didn’t we hear about John the Baptist and making a way in the desert last week?” You’re not wrong. We did hear a very similar reading last week, from the Gospel of Mark. What you heard this morning…

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December 3, 2017 Advent I

Earlier this week I was bemoaning the tone of this morning’s readings, and someone responded, “Keep awake!” I would never have expected this particular person to come up with that quite so quickly, and offered to let him preach in my place. (He declined.) But this notion of “keeping awake” is not quite so simple…

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November 26, 2017 Christ the King Sunday

Today, the last Sunday of the church year, is traditionally called “Christ the King” Sunday. It’s the day when we remind ourselves that part of what we believe as Christians is that there will be a day when we experience the kingdom of God, the reign of God, fully realized. There will be no more…

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All Saints Sunday

This week, when someone said to me, “I love All Saints Day!” I had the presence of mind to not simply say, “Yes, me too!” but to ask, “Why? Why do you love All Saints Day?” I expected her to say that it was a day to remember the people she loves who have joined…

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Reformation Sunday 2017

So it’s here—the500th anniversary of the so-called ‘start’ of the Reformation. 500 years ago (on Tuesday) Martin Luther pounded his 95 Theses into the door at the church in Wittenberg—that same church I visited this spring on my trip to Germany—launching a series of events that ultimately led to the church in Germany (and eventually…

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