This past week was quite the week. The resonances from last Sunday still echo. Frankly, I have never seen any installation service like that before, and I have a lifetime full of them. Appropriately celebrated on Christ the King Sunday, the service was a superb Holy Spirit-filled occasion for us to give thanks for what we have been, and to rededicate our ministry with faithfulness to God’s care of us and the world’s. I am so thankful to so many of you for its planning. More so, I am so thankful to God for the privilege now of ministry for you and ministry with you. It was a great day. Continue reading
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Falling just before Christmas, the season of Advent is a time of contemplation and introspection. While the pipe organ is often associated only with being loud, Rick Erickson and Brian Glikes, our organists at Christ the King Lutheran Church, will show a different side of the “King of Instruments” with a series of 30-minute organ recitals, Fridays at 12:15 p.m. on December 1, 8, 15 and 22.
It is an off-putting gospel text to hear for a healing service. A rich fellow throws a wedding party to which his friends will not come. Then, throwing the doors wide open for everyone from the streets, he blows a gasket in anger that one of them came without appropriate attire. How fair is that? He’s a street dude, for goodness sake. But so were the others, who did manage to scavenge something fitting at a Goodwill or whatever. If this parable is about God, and God’s people, the story does not sound at first hearing like a god who is fair. Then again, it is a parable. Jesus is not necessarily talking about real clothes here. Continue reading
Today I have no doubt that pastors throughout the country who follow the lectionary, as do we, are talking about knees. How could they not? How could the climactic verse of Philippians chapter 2 –itself quoted from an early Christian hymn–not command attention? “…so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.”
Yes, today preachers are talking about “talking a knee.” Continue reading