Category Archives: Pastors Blog

I Am River

It’s our last Sunday in the Season of Creation – River Sunday! Sunday’s finale is a “don’t wanna miss” because our own composer in residence, Art Clyde, has written a beautiful piece of music, “I Am River” for us to sing. Through story and action, poems and song, we will explore the themes of life-giving […]

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Groans and Sighs

It’s good to be together when it feels like the rest of the world is falling apart. Our beloved Oregon is burning, the southern coasts are ravaged by hurricanes and flooding, and vulnerable people everywhere are suffering. While it sometimes feels like the world is imploding, it’s a good reminder that we cannot control nature […]

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Old Log in the Woods

September 3rd (the day before Labor Day) is the first Sunday of the Season of Creation. It’s ‘Forest Sunday’ when we consider how the living forest feeds us even while the dying forest feeds everything. Consider this amazing poem by Gwen Frostic: The Log in the Woods The old log in the woods will never […]

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Reconciliation and Defiance

Thank you to all who attended our special worship in the Narthex last Sunday! With five different ritual elements, we enjoyed a meaningful and interactive service about restoration and reconciliation. We acknowledged the messiness and the clumsiness of reconciliation. Though, sometimes it’s not possible, the injured person can take heart in finding their own path […]

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Reconciliation

If I think about it, Andrew Lloyd—Weber has provided me with biblical knowledge between my early childhood church years and adult years. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” fleshed out these important narratives for me; I guess I can credit him with important images that illustrate my faith journey. One of […]

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Our World, Our Lives – Shaping the Future

This Sunday (8/13) we are privileged to host Rev. Shari Prestemon, the UCC’s MN Conference Minister. Shari has brought a diverse set of skills to lead the conference into the future. I hope you can be in church to hear her preach! Your worship staff – myself, Leah, Peggy and Art – have been working […]

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Jacob – Understanding Struggles

The past few weeks we’ve been hearing stories about one of our forefathers of faith, Jacob. Even before his birth, Jacob has struggled with everyone. He has schemed and connived his way through life until he had a transforming encounter with God in a dream and, in this week’s text, wrestles through the night before […]

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Honorable Behavior

This Sunday we continue our journey into the book of Genesis 29:15–28. Jacob falls in love and works for his uncle, Laban, in order to ‘earn’ the privilege to marry Rachel. Jacob behaves honorably – a word we associate with respect and privilege – by keeping his promises. This is not the behavior we’ve come […]

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Shalom

My best friend, Franci, died three years this ago this month from breast cancer. She was only 52 years old. She taught me how to say, “I love you,” to my friends. When she first told me she loved me, I felt a dissonance in how I’d heard and said the phrase. I thought you […]

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Delight in Relationship

Last Sunday’s worship focused on “Delight in Relationship.” We actually ‘played’ in church! Several people told stories about events, people, and pets that influenced their lives in positive ways. We know that everyone has a story and in fact, IS a story! These stories connect us with God and with each other. We know that […]

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