Friday, November 10, 2017

Day #1410

November 10, 2017

As I struggled to understand, be inspired, and prepare a sermon about a rather difficult gospel, I found myself giving thanks once again for theologians who publicly share their ideas and differing perspectives. It’s just another example of the importance of collaboration and study. Thank you all for your faithfulness and sharing!


Day #1409

November 9, 2017 

Time for the monthly Ladies - Let’s Do Lunch. It is great joining with a group to share a meal, laughter, get to know one another just a little better, and celebrate how we are there for one another as women. All this makes these lunches more than just fun.  


Day #1408

November 8, 2017 

A morning spent with the most recently ordained colleagues in ministry brings joy and makes me thankful for the opportunity of the future. So talking about tools that may be helpful for them makes it even better.

It’s tough just starting out, but realizing you are not alone in the process is beyond helpful. I am grateful to be able to help, even in a small way, to give back because of the amazing support that I received some nine years ago. So another thank you to mentors and encouragers for me!! And know there are others there for you who are just starting out!


Day #1407

November 7, 2017 

I have said this before, but I am always amazed and encouraged by those whose memory may be compromised in many ways, yet the words of institution and the Lord’s Prayer come through and touch a place deep in their hearts and souls. Ahh…the work of the Holy Spirit is amazing and I am grateful for it. Also grateful to witness it. 

And what fun - a joyful, random encounter with someone in the church parking lot. A brightening of the day!


Day #1406

November 6, 2017

The word to describe Jesus today - Guide. The guide for us through life, through faith, even through death and into resurrection. Yes, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection are not only our guide, but our hope and salvation. How, or through what, is Jesus guiding you today? 


Day #1405

November 5, 2017 

It could be considered another trifecta day of intersecting with God's grace:
  1. The importance and joy in celebrating All Saints Sunday. It is so good to remember and give thanks for those who have come before us to share faith, love and relationship with us. 
  2. It is a joy to be included by others who share their celebration of ethnic traditions (yep, Lutefisk Dinner). 
  3. There is gratefulness I feel for others who share their musical talents and gifts by having a concert. It is so good to receive those gifts and relax in the music. Thank you!
Perhaps the best, however, was having a video shared of two little ones “playing” church. I’m told they love church and take turns “leading” worship. Oh, may it always be that they love worship! Who knows, there may be a couple of budding pastors in these two?! Awesome thought!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Day #1404

November 4, 2017

Another day with more cooking and cleaning and reading - oh and some working, too. What is going on with all this cooking, however?! Certainly not my usual, but I’m enjoying it. And so is hubby. :-)


Day #1403

November 3, 2017

The word for the day - thankful. For a day at home, cooking soup(s), doing some cleaning, lots of laundry, reading - and watching the snow fall. A day off snow day. :-)

And then this on the CBS Evening News about A young man and his car brought tears to my eyes. Hope you can follow the link - it's quite the story. Have to love the reporting of good news!!!


Day #1402

November 2, 2017

What a nice evening - an overdue “date” with the hubby, including a nice dinner and attending Jersey Boys. 

Yes, a really nice evening!


Day #1401

November 1, 2017

On this All Saints day, I am remembering many who have entered the church triumphant who made an impact on my life of faith - too many to name individually, but I am thankful for each one.

I am also thankful for all those I have had the honor of baptizing into the church present - saints of the now and into the future. What a gift!

And for the saints who worship regularly, receive Christ’s meal, study God’s Word, and serve God faithfully, your witness is most important!  

Yes, for all the saints, I give thanks!


Day #1400

October 31, 2017

We could say it is the trifecta day of awesome proportions:

1. It’s this guy’s birthday (thanks to his sister for the picture):

Happy Birthday, love!

2. It’s the actual day of Reformation, trusting that God isn’t finished with the church, but continues to grow and reform it.

3. It’s Halloween. Oh the cuteness of the trick-or-treaters, even with the rain and the ones who say "thank you" for pointing out the scariness of their costumes. :-)

And, how clever for the motel who had skeletons climbing all over it (sorry for the blurry picture):


Day #1399

October 30, 2017

The descriptor for Jesus - the one of second-chances! Jesus never gives up in calling us, gathering us, seeking us - and no matter what, loving us. Over and over, Jesus grants forgiveness, welcome, and inclusiveness. We can turn away, walk away, even run away, but Jesus is always there forgiving and full of grace for us. Isn’t that simply amazing!

Also, several of us traveled to the St. Helena Cathedral 

for a Catholic/Lutheran Evening Vespers service in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Even with a long drive, mediocre dinner, and a crowd, it was glorious to be there. After all, there will never be another 500th. (Here's about half of those who were able to go):

Maybe one day, the description Catholic/Lutheran won’t apply - it will simply be a church worship service. Let’s pray that one day we will all be reunited and truly be the one holy catholic church! 


Day #1398

October 29, 2017

And what a glorious worship service for Reformation Sunday! The music was amazing, the folks assembled engaged, the word and the meal celebrated joyfully. Giving thanks for the church!!


Day #1397

October 28, 2017

On the eve of the Sunday of the 500th commemoration of the Reformation, I’m thinking about what is next for the church. There is much concern that “the church” is dying. To that I say, it is Christ’s church, after all, and Christ isn’t dying - he’s been resurrected, which will never end. 

The question remains, however, will the church look different 500 years from now? Certainly - after all, it looks different now than it did 50 years ago. But will the church die? I don’t think so - not as long as there is a remnant, Christ’s new covenant remains. 

What an amazing time to be the church - just as it has been for the last 2,000 years. Thank you for reforming us always, God, and for never giving up on your relationship with your people!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Day #1396

October 27, 2017

Returning from a meeting out of town, I arrived home just in time to catch the late afternoon/early evening sky. 

God’s beauty astounds!!!