Category Archives: All Are Welcome

Quit when it’s hard? No Way!

Most of us have contemplated quitting something. Sometime our reasons are perfectly valid, but not always. I’ve been thinking about this topic, quitting, after my latest fall while hiking (read about it here: Overdoing It). I confess that while picking myself up, rinsing off the blood, and brushing all the dirt off my clothing I thought […]
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Tears and Gratitude

A few years ago our church had a series during Lent with the theme of “who are our neighbors?” We invited various people from the community to come and speak. The goal was to help our members begin to understand neighbors that they may not know. One of these weeks we invited two young women […]
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A Difficult Topic – My sermon on Romans 9:1-18

On my first full day in Wittenberg (last March) our group went on a walking tour of the old city. This older area is actually pretty small, so maybe village or town would be a better description. I’m thankful for the guided tour because I would have missed some important history if I had been […]
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“As we ought” – yesterday’s Sermon

This sermon is on Romans 8:26-39. When I first began reading (and trying to understand) scripture, this particular part of Romans 8 was very significant for me. It was confusing, annoying, and helpful. The confusing part first. Paul writes: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray […]
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Today’s Sermon (Romans 6:1-11)

Lately I haven’t been writing out my sermons…usually just notes. This message was/is difficult for me and so I had to write it all out. I’m not sure how much will change in the preaching, because I never stay exactly with what I’ve written, but I decided to share this one. “For if we have […]
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An Old Sermon on Matthew 28:16-20 and the Trinity

“We begin in the name of Jesus, who came down from heaven, died on the cross, and entered my heart.” This is the invocation for weekly chapel at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. Beginning in preschool, children learn these words, and when I began leading chapel here many years ago, it was the children who taught […]
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A Fitness Marker – And Some Gratitude 

This morning Facebook showed me a memory from 4 years ago. It was a running log – 4 miles at an 11:27 pace. Today I’m proud of that because if I hadn’t started running 5 years ago I wouldn’t be a marathoner today. And if I hadn’t shared that particular run I wouldn’t have celebrated […]
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Gratitude 2/19

I’ve never been called a “nasty woman” but I have experienced negative comments directed my way. I think that any woman who has strong convictions and is willing to speak will be on the receiving end of criticism. Comments I’ve heard over the years include: you’re pushy, you’re mean, you’re rude, people are afraid of […]
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Gratitude 2/16

Today is one of those days when I get to feel the stressed…not fun! The good news is that stressful days don’t have to become lives completely filled with stress. Good self care is critical. Today I am personally thankful for: helpful colleagues; an absolutely beautiful run this morning, forgiveness for this time I mess […]
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Gratitude 2/12

Yesterday’s run was so beautiful I decided to take Scott with for a walk today.  Today I am personally thankful for: beautiful sunshine and the sound of running water; Girl Scout cookies 😬; and the call of Jesus to love our neighbors…even if doing so leads to breaking unjust laws. I’m thankful for this call […]
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