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Sermon-Dec. 26 “Holy Innocents”

December 26, 2010

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(Outline Format Only) An ugly story in the midst of beautiful season (reality check) Lots of commentators – various moralistic sounding ways to interpret – Did this really happen? Matthew’s stories often connect with O.T. “fulfillments” – some quoted texts seem like artificial connections (even made-up), some seem square and fair, some are almost silly […]

Sermon – Dec. 25 Christmas Day (Poem: “Christpower”)

December 25, 2010

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Interpretive Translation of John 1:1-14 (From “The Message” by Eugene Peterson: “The Life-Light”) 1-2 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. 3-5Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him. What came into […]

From the Desk… Dec. 23

December 25, 2010

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Organ Renovation Project – Phase 3 We met the challenge and goal of Advent’s Phase 2: to receive ten $5,000 gifts for this renovation project.  The project’s January and February “Phase 3” will offer a similar challenge (but sort of reversed) in terms of its goal: to receive five-thousand $10 gifts. Note the graph on […]

From the Desk… Jan. Newsletter

December 25, 2010

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Beginning of the Year “Pull-back” I’ve heard it rumored that there is typically a kind of “pull-back” that occurs part way through the school year at St. John.  That is, activity/attendance takes off with a “bang” in the fall and sort-of culminates with Christmas.  Then, as the school year continues, as the calendar begins a […]

The Ministry of the Baptized

December 14, 2010

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by Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook , Fredrica Harris Thompsett “This is something I have found to be true without exception: that when we, any of us, focus on things in our lives that are passing away, we get scared, we get anxious, we get depressed, we lose hope; and when we focus on things that are […]

Sermon – Dec. 12 Advent 3

December 14, 2010

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(Notes format – not a full text) Early church – dilemma / crisis / delay of the Parousia Before NT books were written Gospel depicts one solution to the crisis – Paradox at home with Lutheran theology “very” Paul Discomforting quiet – waiting for God’s salvation while also seeing that salvation breaking into the world […]

From the Desk… Dec. 11

December 14, 2010

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A Last Minute Note: A few things came up at the end of the week that I thought should be included as information in this Sunday’s bulletin. Call Committee Informational Meetings – Next Sunday After Worship (Dec. 19th) The council, in its meeting on Thursday, decided to hold informational meetings for people who have an […]