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.  
 
     
 
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  • 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
     
  • Apr 4, 2021Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Sunday 2021
    Apr 4, 2021
    Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Sunday 2021
    Resurrection Our Lord: Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
         Alleluia! Christ is risen! 
         Christ is risen indeed!  Alleluia!
         The God who raised Jesus is our strength and salvation!
         Christ is risen indeed!  Alleluia!
    Readings: Acts 10:34-43, Mark 15:1-8
    Sermon: Pastor Chris Steubing
  • Apr 2, 2021Good Friday Meditation
    Apr 2, 2021
    Good Friday Meditation
    Series: Good Friday
    Good Friday, April 02, 2021
    "The Good Friday proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day — the triumph of the cross — reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life."
    "The Seven Last Words of Jesus"
    Meditation by Pastor Bob Lehner