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  • Pastoral Update 1-14-2021

      We enter this week in our sermon series on the gospel of Mark with Jesus’ teaching in parables.   Mark 4:1-20, our text for this week is part of a larger whole (Mark 4:1-34) as it begins w…

  • Pastoral Update 12-20-2020

    My dear sisters and brothers in Christ; grace, mercy, and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen   Since September I have been using the Pastoral update as an opportun…

  • Anna’s Homegoing

    Anna arrived home to ‘591’ this morning, which was her wish to come back to her beloved home, also known as Kindly House. The hospice nurse was already here with me awaiting her arrival. She was very…

  • Pastoral Update 12-6-2020

    In our reading of the gospel of Mark this week we come to chapter two verses twenty-three through twenty-eight. Here we hear Jesus speaking about plucking grains of wheat on the Sabbath and being chal…

  • Pastoral Update 11-27-2020

    We enter into the season of Advent (a time of four weeks before Christmas) in expectation of the coming of God incarnate as the King of Kings – the King of Kings, who gave Himself so that we may be re…

  • Pastoral Update 11-13-2020

      The painting above titled, “The Calling of Saint Matthew,” depicts the gospel story in Mark 2:13-17 that we will hear in this Sunday’s worship service. The artist Caravaggio completed this scen…

  • Pastoral Update 11-6-2020

    “Who occupies the throne in your life?” Think of this question as you read Mark 2:1-12.   Jesus’ message to the world is found in Mark 1:14-15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at…

  • Pastoral Update 10-30-2020

    Jesus is willing. Are you willing?   In Mark 1:40-45 we see a chain of events that moves from the Leper’s request, to Jesus granting the request, then to Jesus’ request, and to the Leper’s disobe…

  • Pastoral Update 10-23-2020

    Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,   This week the gospel reading from Mark 1:35-39 has Jesus in the early morning going out to a deserted place to pray. I invite you in y…

  • Pastoral Update 10-16-2020

    Our gospel reading this week is Mark 1:29-34; Jesus healing of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law and Jesus healing the whole city that came to meet him. We find Jesus is leaving the synagogue and coming to…

  • Pastoral Update 10-9-2020

    The gospel text for Sunday is Mark 1:21-28 which tells the story of Jesus’ first teaching and entry into public ministry in Galilee. In reading and listening to Jesus’ teaching encounter in the synago…

  • Pastoral Update 10-2-2020

    We continue our series in Mark with a quick look at Mark 1:14-20:   14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled,…



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