Jun 27, 2021
Message for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 27, 2021

A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.

Readings: Lamentations 3:22-33, Psalm 30, Mark 5:21-43
Message: Intern Pastor Katie Langston
 
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  • Jun 27, 2021Message for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
    Jun 27, 2021
    Message for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 27, 2021

    A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.

    Readings: Lamentations 3:22-33, Psalm 30, Mark 5:21-43
    Message: Intern Pastor Katie Langston
     
  • Jun 20, 2021Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon
    Jun 20, 2021
    Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon
    Fourth Sunday after Pentecost - June 20, 2021
    Sermon: Pastor Christoph Schmidt
    Readings: Job 38:1-11, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41
    Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him, he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear. (Sundays and Seasons)
     
  • Jun 13, 2021Third Sunday after Pentecost-2021
    Jun 13, 2021
    Third Sunday after Pentecost-2021
    Third Sunday after Pentecost 2021
    June 13, 2021
    Message by Pastor Christoph Schmidt
    Readings: Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17; Mark 4:26-34
    The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.  
     
         
     
  • Jun 6, 2021Second Sunday after Pentecost Message 2021
    Jun 6, 2021
    Second Sunday after Pentecost Message 2021
    Second Sunday after Pentecost
    June 6, 2021
    Readings: Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35
    Message by Pastor Christoph Schmidt
    "Doing the work of God as brothers and sisters of Christ"    
  • May 30, 2021Message for Holy Trinity Sunday 2021
    May 30, 2021
    Message for Holy Trinity Sunday 2021
    Series: Holy Trinity
    The Holy Trinity
    Sunday, May 30, 2021
    Pastor Christoph Schmidt
    Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17
    "When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God.  Our experience of this is reflected in Paul's words today.  When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.
  • May 16, 2021Message for Seventh Sunday of Easter-2021
    May 16, 2021
    Message for Seventh Sunday of Easter-2021
    Series: Easter
    Seventh Sunday of Easter
    May 16, 2021
    Message: Pastor Christoph Schmidt
    Readings: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; John 17:6-19
    "The gospel for Easter’s seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in John’s gospel on the night before his death, and always includes Jesus’ desire that his followers will be one as he and the Father are one. This oneness is not mere doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, but mutual abiding, interpenetrating life, mutual love, and joy. This oneness is the work of the Spirit whom we have received but also await. Come, Holy Spirit"
    Artwork: Alverez by M. Paula Wiggins. © M. Paula Wiggins. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the artist.

     

  • May 9, 2021Message: Sixth Sunday of Easter
    May 9, 2021
    Message: Sixth Sunday of Easter
    Series: Easter
    Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021
    This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.
    Message by Pastor Christoph Schmidt
    Readings: Acts 10:44-48, 1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17
       
  • May 2, 2021Message: Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021
    May 2, 2021
    Message: Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021
    Series: Easter
    Fifth Sunday of Easter
    May 2, 2021
    Readings: Acts 8:26-40, John 15:1-8
    Message from Intern Pastor Katie Langston
    "This Sunday's image of how the risen Christ shares his life with us is the image of the vine. Christ the vine and we the branches are alive in each other, in the mystery of mutual abiding described in the gospel and the first letter of John. Baptism makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. As the vine brings food to the branches, Christ feeds us at his table. We are sent out to bear fruit for the life of the world.
  • Apr 25, 2021Fourth Sunday of Easter
    Apr 25, 2021
    Fourth Sunday of Easter
    Series: Easter
     
    Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021
    The image of the good shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the  shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sibling in need.
    Message: Pastor Christoph Schmidt
    Readings: Psalm 23,1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18
         
  • Apr 18, 2021Third Sunday of Easter 2021
    Apr 18, 2021
    Third Sunday of Easter 2021
    Series: Easter
    Third Sunday of Easter, April 18, 2021
    Message by Pastor Christoph Schmidt
    Readings: Acts 3:12-19, Luke 24:36b-48