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Lent 4A (March 22, 2020)

It took forever to upload (since every Church is now online until further notice!) but here is worship for Sunday March 22, 2020, the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A) Worship is led by Pastor Tim, Minister of Music Szu-Ping Chang Wong, Janet Wade, and Emily Leitzke, with a couple …

Worship: March 15, 2020

Worship service for March 15, 2020. Pastor Tim Leitzke, Szu-Ping Chang Wong, Lu Krueger-Blake, Emily Leitzke, and Janet Wade lead worship from the choir loft at Trinity.

Lent 2A (March 8, 2020)

“God gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” Paul’s words to the Romans, also words to us. Words to us as we interpret the times and the texts. Words to help interpret the Gospel, and answer why Jesus corrects poor Nicodemus. Nicodemus …

Lent 1A (March 1, 2020)

The scenario troubles many of us. Is God cool with tempting? If the Holy Spirit drives Jesus into the wilderness “to be tempted by the devil,” does that put the devil in God’s employ? Those are honest questions, but may not be about what the text is addressing. The word …

Ash Wednesday (Feb 26, 2020)

Ash Wednesday wastes no time: we pray, and then the Prophet Joel is telling us, “Sound the alarm, you’ve left God and must return.” Joel is like your GPS ap when you make a wrong turn. “In 500 ft, make a U-turn if possible.” Joel’s like, “Now, turn back onto …

Transfiguration (February 23, 2020)

Churches have picked some weird things as articles of faith. Creation according to a scientific interpretation of Genesis 1 (and not Genesis 2). Sexuality laws of ancient Palestine. The Book of Revelation as play-by-play of the future, starting…now. No one ever picks a literal reading of “I am the vine; …

Epiphany 6A (February 16, 2020)

There’s no point dancing around it: these are hard words from Jesus. They sound like “Law,” a rather tough category. I said last week, usually if Christians are in the news talking about God’s Law, they’re bullying someone with the Law, usually someone dark, gay, or female. So, we don’t …

Epiphany 5A (Feb 9, 2020)

Untying and hiding. The texts this Fifth Sunday after Epiphany put these concepts before us. Isaiah urges us “not to hide ourselves from our own kin.” Kin in Isaiah 58 are the people who live where you live. The text comes from a section most scholars call Third Isaiah. The …

The Presentation of our Lord (Feb 2, 2020)

We read this text unironically. We live in a world in which Pastor Paula White—also known as President Trump’s spiritual advisor—prays for God to cause Satanic pregnancies to miscarry. We hear that and we all shake our heads at how crazy it sounds. And then we read—without a trace of …