October 9, 2016

Proper 23 C, October 9, 2016, Gretchen Rehberg On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. Jesus has been travelling to Jerusalem for some time now, teaching his disciples and other bystanders what it means to be follow him, having debates with the...

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October 2, 2016

Proper 22 year C, Gretchen Rehberg The disciples say increase our faith, and Jesus tells them if they have the faith of a mustard seed they can do great things.  One year in our church school class, I think it was 5th grade, all the girls were given a necklace...

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September 25, 2016

Proper 21 C 2016, Gretchen Rehberg Hell is separation, heaven is community. I think at times it might actually be as simple as that.  We have the parable this morning of the poor man Lazarus who lies at the gate of the rich man’s gate and is unseen and unheeded...

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September 18, 2016

Proper 20 year C, September 18, 2016, Gretchen Rehberg I had the pleasure this year of being able to attend a couple of lectures given by Amy-Jill Levine, a renowned biblical scholar.  One of those lectures focused on the parables, and afterwards a colleague of mine asked her how she...

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September 11, 2016

Proper 19 C, September 11, 2016 There was a man with 100 sheep and he noticed that one was missing, so he searched all over until he found his missing sheep.  There was a woman with 10 coins and she saw that one was lost, so she carefully looked everywhere...

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August 21, 2016

There are six days on which work ought to be done, come on one of those days and be cured! Jesus is in the synagogue teaching on the Sabbath and he heals a woman who had been bent over for 18 years. But the leader of the synagogue is upset...

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August 14, 2016

Jesus said “I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!…Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” What the heck does a preacher do with a statement like that...

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July 17, 2016

Martha, Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things… Ever feel like Martha? I don’t mean ever feel like the Martha who welcomes people into her house, prepares a feast, and does the work of making sure their needs are met. I don’t mean ever feel like the...

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January 3, 2016

The tensions were rising in the village. Strangers had been seen, strangers who acted a whole lot like the secret police, asking questions about the villagers, asking who had recently had visitors, who had recently given birth. Young men were disappearing without a trace, fear was increasing rapidly. The family...

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