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Loose Ends

No one likes loose ends or an unresolved movie ending. Which might be why the story of Abraham taking his son, Isaac, up a mountain to sacrifice him is so unsatisfying. The story reads like a movie plot, seemingly concluding with a happy ending. But a closer look reveals all sorts of loose ends.
Pastor Kate examines these loose ends and what they mean for us as people of God.
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Beginnings

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
“Call me Ishmael.”
“It was a pleasure to burn.”

These are all first lines in famous literary works.  But today’s sermon is about a different “first line”: the opening to the the book of Genesis.  “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep…”

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a
John 1:1-5


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The Feast

In baptism and communion, these gifts of the Sacraments, through water, bread, wine and the  promises of God, we are joined with God and with the whole body of Christ. We are given the gift and the responsibility of community. 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 65
1 Corinthians 11:17-34

“Surely, not I?”

It’s easy to watch Breaking Bad and assume we’d never become like Walter White; to assume that we are not capable of committing the atrocities he does while cooking and selling methamphetamine.  Pastor Kate tackles this assumption while also examining our slavery to sin – starting with the disciples and then ourselves. Yet, Jesus wants to save us. Which is part of what communion is all about.
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Part 4 of Such Great Things, a sermon series on the sacraments in the Lutheran tradition.
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Anchored

Pastor Kate revisits a time in her life when she was almost swept away by the wind and her need to have something else anchor her down – just as baptism is the anchor for our lives, especially in the midst of racism and Charlottesville.

Part of Such Great Things: Water, Bread & Wine – A sermon series on the sacraments in the Lutheran tradition.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 46
Acts 2:37-42


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Forgive us our sins.

4th Sunday in The Lord’s Prayer, a 5-week series

Guest Preacher:  Pastor Ray Ranker
Chaplain, Lutheran Campus Ministry, University of Maryland
Senior Pastor, Hope Lutheran Church in College Park, MD

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 43:18-25
Romans 5:6-10
Luke 11:1-4


Image: Briton Rivière – The Temptation in the Wilderness
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Thy Kingdom Come

2nd Sunday in The Lord’s Prayer, a 5-week series

Guest Preacher:
Rev. Dr. Graham F. Bardsley
Director of Pastoral Care
Virginia Hospital Center

 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 145
Luke 11:1-4

 


Image: Briton Rivière – The Temptation in the Wilderness
Source: Wikimedia Commons
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