Where to Begin?

Where to Begin?     By Rev. Dr. Heather Hartsell, Parish Associate Mk 1:9-15 Each spring semester at the University of Dubuque, the now retired professor of biblical theology taught a small group seminar titled, “The Gospels.” It was consistently one of the most competitive classes in the seminary curriculum with

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Listening Openly

Lk 9:28-36 or Mk 9:2-9 Listening Openly, Rev. Dr. Heather Hartsell, Parish Associate Every time I read or hear the story of the Transfiguration, I get more and more intrigued. I’m intrigued because it is cloaked in mystery. Jesus leads the three core disciples of Mark’s Gospel; Peter, James and

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Scripture Lesson: I John 3:17-18                 “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help? Little children (people), let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” What’s Love Got

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Water and Blod

1 John 5:1-6 “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments.  For the love of God is

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What’s your 2018 word?

Prayer for Illumination I used the following poem written by Howard Thurman during the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving at the Healing and Wholeness service. It’s been making the rounds, and it’s apt especially for today, the first Sunday after Christmas. Please pray with me. “When the song of the angels

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What’s in this name?

Hear the Word of God from Luke 2. “After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. When the time came for their purification according to the law of

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What’s in a name?

Luke 1:57-68, 76-80                                                                 What’s in a name? To burn incense in the sanctuary of the temple in Jerusalem was a high honor for a priest. Some would never have that honor. They waited a lifetime and most weren’t chosen. A priest would have this distinction exactly one time, if

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As for me and my house.

Joshua 24        As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.   Water Brueggemann is the retired Old Testament professor of Columbia Seminary outside of Atlanta and he’s who I’m reading these days. He says, “The world for which you have been so carefully prepared is being taken

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Created in Christ Jesus

  Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good

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Children’s Sabbath

Matthew 19:13-15 Jesus Blesses Little Children Then little children were being brought to Jesus in order that He might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them; for

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