Here you will find Pr. Paul's message from the monthly Grace Note, along with sermons from various Sundays and Adult Bible Study. Also, the special service for the Emanuel 9 is now on this page, along with the bulletin and the prayer for Racial Healing.
Let us confess our sin… Have mercy on us.
This confession continues to be the anchoring centerpoint of our worship together on Ash Wednesday. Every year as Lent begins, I am thankful for this solemn moment to take stock of our life together and seek God’s guidance in the weeks and year to come. It is not easy to admit that we need help, and mercy, and love, but this liturgy invites us to do just that, and open our lives to the presence of Christ walking with us as we move together towards the Cross (and beyond!) to Resurrection Sunday.
Lent again leads us through a series of Sunday Gospel stories that center us on Christ: The temptation of Jesus, his rebuke of Peter, the clearing of the Temple, and multiple reminders of Christ’s difficult final week of life. We will also have the chance to be gathered for midweek meals and songs that encourage us to keep the fast and give thanks for this time of renewal and growth. Christ is the center of all of it — Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and every day we wake to again be part of God’s kin-dom in our world.
Throughout this upcoming Lenten season, I continue to be grateful that God’s movement through death gathers up all our own movements through death and brings us through to the resurrection life beyond as the whole people of God. There is new life ahead!
Lenten Blessings, beloved Church.
c/o Pastor Paul
Archived lessons below:
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Five years ago today a stranger was welcomed into Bible Study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. After the study ended, he opened fire, killing 9 of the people present in the name of white supremacy. The gunman grew up and was confirmed in an ELCA congregation, and is indicative of the continued, required work needed for us to repent of the sins of racism and white supremacy.
Today, along with our entire denomination, we commemorate the martyrdom of The Emanuel Nine. We give thanks for their faithful witness, grieve their deaths, and confess our own complicity in these systems of sin and death.
Take a few moments this evening to light a candle, participate in the brief liturgy (CLICK HERE FOR BULLETIN), and remember the lives of these siblings in faith. The video is below.
August 12, 2018
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