Pastor’s Note

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...

The Lutheran “secret sauce” is that we are justified by grace through faith alone. There are no pre-authorized requirements necessary for us to be made right in our relationship with God. The justifying action, the event that took away the power of sin that separates us...

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...

The Voice of the Shepherd The fourth Sunday in Easter is considered “Shepherd Sunday” in the Christian Church.  But when Shepherd Sunday gives us a rare story in the Book of Acts (Acts 9:36-43) about a woman who is named in the Bible, this female preacher...

What now? Just two weeks ago we sat in this sanctuary and experienced the joy of hearing of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what changed in your life after that? Anything? Nothing? Are you still preoccupied with the problems you had before you came into...

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia Alleluia! It’s the greatest pronouncement in the world, one that no God in no other religion can say, “Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!” The first question people often raise when this news is heard is, “are you...

The Stones Would Shout Out Jesus told his disciples to go into the village and find a colt that had never been ridden untie it and bring it to him.  And, if anyone asked why to answer, the Lord needs it.”  So they did.  Jesus rode...

Have you ever been so happy, it was like a dream come true? I’m meeting with lots of couples right now who are putting the finishing touches on their wedding plans.  When we meet, I also ask them to tell me their stories.  I get to...

My son, Griffin, is 2 years old and is in that stage of development where he is using more words to explain how he is feeling and what he wants (thank goodness!).  We have a couple books that he loves that name different feelings and each page has a picture of a young child about his age expressing how...

I hope you have been able to follow our Songs of the Soul Lenten journey. The readings & podcasts & devotional about songs that have impacted your faith. It’s like GS’s greatest hits, & let me tell you, the playlist on Spotify is definitely one of a...