Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone!  We gather this evening to worship our Lord Jesus Christ whose birth we now celebrate.  We celebrate by gathering together in church to sing carols of praise, hear God’s word read and preached and to give thanks for the baby born in Bethlehem so many years ago. We also celebrate by; gathering […]


Advent 2

Wilderness, I love wilderness, wild country.  I really do.  I have actually spent a fair amount of time in areas of the world that are considered wild. I have hunted through the forests, and paddled across the lakes of Minnesota’s wilderness along the Canadian border.  In the deserts of California, I learned to rock-climb.  Here […]



Today is the first Sunday in Advent.  Advent, which means “coming” is all about waiting for the one who is to come.  For these four Sundays, it is as if we are waiting along with the ancient ones for the coming of the Messiah.  We are looking towards the baby’s advent into our world, into […]


Christ the King Sunday

Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year. This is a Sunday when we celebrate together the reign of our king, Jesus the Christ. As an American I think a Sunday such as today can be hard to know what to do with, for I don’t have an earthly king […]


Wars and rumors of war

And Jesus said, “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars…” This morning we have a text in which Jesus references the beginning of apocalyptic times or as we sometimes refer to them, “the end times”. In our day and age, we seem to be fascinated with a cataclysmic end of the world as […]


All Saints

A couple of months ago, Pastor Joel preached about a mentor of ours by the name of Antti Lepisto. Antti was a pastor, who shaped and impacted both Pastor Joel and my life deeply in many ways. Antti was born in the US to Finnish parents, so he spoke Finnish from the start and followed […]


Confirmation Sermon on Reformation Sunday

Here we are, the day in which you will publicly claim your faith by affirming your baptism. In the eyes of the church this is an important day, for today you become adult members of this congregation and are given the rights and responsibilities of a Christian adult.  Today, I encourage you to start to […]


Jesus’ People, Forgiven and Loved

There are times when a scripture passage really hits home…today is one of those times for me.  Not the Mark scripture, but rather the verses we heard Ann read from Hebrews, especially the second and third verses in speaking of a priest. “He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward since he […]

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