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A Holiday for the Suffering:  Today’s Nativity

At the heart of the Christmas story is a story of God’s total embodiment into suffering.  God was not born into grandeur and palaces, but to an unwed teenage mother sleeping in a stable and fleeing a murderous king.  Christmas, at its core, is a holiday for the suffering. No […]

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Service of Longest Night 2016

Service of Longest Night Wednesday, December 21, 7pm Grace Center, 1500 6th St NE Hosts: Laura Lou, musician & outreach coordinator, Intertwine Northeast Mike Rusert, pastor, Intertwine Northeast Emmy Kegler, pastor, Grace Lutheran Church ChristianAnn Larson, pastor, Mill City Church Readers: Marissa Sotos, pastor of Tree of Life Church in […]

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Service of the Word, September 12, 2013

I had the opportunity to assist for Dr. Skinner, professor of New Testament, in chapel this week.  This is the order of service, with the prayers of intercession I wrote. Service of the Word Opening Hymn:  Open Your Ears, O Faithful People  – ELW #519 Prayer to Receive the WordGracious […]

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A Lukan Confession

We are in the lectionary year of Luke, and our worship has been focused on the special stories of Luke’s gospel.  I wanted to offer a confession and forgiveness based around it. ——- Leader: Using the words of the gospel of Luke, let us confess our sins to God and […]

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One saturated hour

I wrote this back in January 2013, just after Light of the World’s founding pastor had been called to a new ministry and I was swimming in a mixture of love for the community and grief for its loss.  Today, when we scrambled for floor fans to relieve ourselves of […]

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Holy Saturday

It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. – Luke 23:55-56 I grew up in an Episcopal household with […]

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Prayers of the People, chapel service June 13, 2012

Ezekiel 17: 22-24  (NRSV) Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and […]