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Speaker: Rev. Susanne Blume

Partnership in the Gospel

Paul has a lot to say about community in the first few sentences of this letter he writes from prison.  New scholarship suggests what he had to say is even more important to us today. Listen as Pastor Susanne explores what we can learn from the lessons of Paul’s letter to the community of Philippi.

Accompanying Scripture:
Philippians 1:1-18a, Luke 9:46-48

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God vs Gods

This week, Paul is challenged to “make a case” for God and Jesus vs the other options available to the ancient world. What do you think of his arguments? Are there any you would add?

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 17:16-31, John 1: 16-18

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Being Saved

The jailer asks “What must I do to be saved?” after Paul chooses not to escape from jail. He is not the only unnamed person in this story that is saved. Listen as Pastor Susanne explores what it means to be saved and the stories we all have of saved people known to God. Stories to be shared.

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 16:16-34, Luke 6:18-18, 22-23

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The Journey Begins

Paul’s trip to Damascus starts him on an epic journey that will take him to many places and many dangers, including imprisonment and shipwrecks. He does it all out of his love for Jesus. Listen as Pastor Susanne explores the challenging (and perhaps annoying) story of Paul and the question of our own blindness. Who do we not see?

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 9:1-19a, Matthew 6:24

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Thomas

Thomas shows us that following Jesus leads not just to seeing him but to knowing him for who he is. Listen as Pastor Susanne considers the lesson of Thomas for us today.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 145:13-21, John 20:19-31

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Resurrection of Our Lord

As Lent draws to a close, we hear the good news of Easter Sunday and the new life that comes with Jesus’ resurrection. Listen as Pastor Susanne revisits the resurrection story and considers the gift of hope it promises to us all today.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 118:21-29, John 20:1-18

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Jesus Condemned

Jesus may look like the victim but he is the one in charge in these last few scenes before he is taken to Golgotha. He is the King. He is the Son of God. He will triumph. Listen as Pastor Susanne considers Jesus’ last moments with Pilate and the implications for us today.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 146, John 19:1-16a

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Jesus and Pilate

In the confrontation between Pilate and Jesus, is Pilate the one in control and making the decisions or is he just fulfilling the role God set for him as God’s plan moves forward? Listen as Pastor Susanne explores the political decisions that send Jesus to his death on the cross.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 145:10-13, John 18:28-40

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Peter’s Denial

The rooster crows and Peter has denied his relationship with Jesus three times. But the story does not end there and God does not abandon us because we fail. Listen as Pastor Susanne considers the great love Jesus has for us and how it continues to unfold.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 17:1-7, John 18:12-27

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Jesus Raises Lazarus

After Jesus brings Lazarus back to life, the leaders of the community decide Jesus has become too dangerous. They begin to look for an opportunity to kill him. Lazarus’s resurrection is the turning point in the gospel of John and Jesus begins his ineluctable journey to Jerusalem, his trial and his death. It is appropriate that this is the story on our first Sunday in Lent as we begin our journey through Lent, share the grief of Martha and Mary and see the promise Jesus brings of new life.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 104:27-30, John 11:1-44

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Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

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10:00 AM In-Person & Streaming Worship

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