Pastor’s Note

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! . . . Do you think that I have come to bring peace...

Broken Commandments So, I’m gonna start with a question. It’s a personal question that I’m not going to ask you to share with anyone, so you don’t have to worry or stress about having to come up with some form of an answer that won’t offend...

Anxious Times We are living in anxious times are we not? Is your family life anything like ours? You know, running on that treadmill trying to balance our schedules, our jobs, our family and our checkbook and then turn on the TV or open a newspaper...

An Invitation Consider. That’s the word that stuck with me as I read and re-read Jesus’ words in our Creation Sunday gospel (Luke 12: 22-31). CONSIDER, Jesus says. Consider. Consider is a word that invites us to pause, to think about, to notice something. What a...

We are ambassadors for Christ. In our Gospel, Jesus sent 70 ambassadors ahead of him, in pairs, to every town and place where he himself intended to go. Among the many instructions Jesus told them, “Whoever listens you, listens to me.” July moves us into the...

Wild vs. Domesticated Did you know wild almonds are naturally poisonous? Their amygdalin makes them not only very bitter, and it breaks down into cyanide. And that chemical is released when there is an injury to the seed itself...

Jesus first approached the outsider My friend’s mom is a labor and delivery nurse with 40 years of experience. She has seen a lot and when my friend and I were pregnant at the same time, she had much wisdom to share, which helped answer the...

The Gift of Hope We now begin our journey through the season of Pentecost. Last Sunday tongues of fire rested on the heads of all those gathered with the disciples in Jerusalem. And this morning we begin to grapple with the meaning and reality of this...

God guides us Sunday was the day of Pentecost. The Christian church recognizes this day, 50 days after Easter, as the “birthday” of the church. Acts 2 begins with the story of the mighty, rushing wind that created unity amongst those gathered together even in the...

There can be oneness in variety We listen to a lot of kid’s music at my house – Raffi is a favorite.  If you aren’t familiar with Raffi, he has recorded tons of children’s music that has stood the test of time – I listened to...

Words are important in our world today. Words like PEACE are important in an age when Language has been weaponized. When we have allowed ourselves to be categorized according to the world’s terms, Not God’s terms… We fight TO be categorized in certain ways… actually… DON’T WE??? We fight to...

Nurturing Seeds There is a non-profit organization in Decorah, Iowa, where I went to college, that collects and catalogs seeds.  They are especially interested in unique varieties and seeds of plants or produce that was thought to be lost.  From the smallest herb seed to the...