Sermon from August 9, 2020

Discipleship, Faith, Grace, Pastor, Sermons
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:22-33; First Reading: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 In some ways it may feel like we’ve heard this story before. This is the second time Jesus had been with the disciples on the rough sea. The first time was when he was asleep in the boat in the storm, woke up, and commanded Peace, Be Still, and everything was calm.  Right before this story today is the story where Jesus ends up feeding 5,000 or 15,000 or 20,000 (remember it was 5,000 plus women and children). So the disciples have been witness to some of Jesus’ great miracles before we catch up with them today. They’ve already seen what God is capable of, even on the sea.  Our story today begins at sea. Jesus had sent the disciples away in the boat, while he went up the mountain to finally…
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Sermon from July 5, 2020

Grace, Hope, Pastor, Sermons
5th Sunday After Pentecost, Year A First Reading: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Second Reading: Romans 7:15-25a; Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Much like last week, I feel like I need to begin by addressing our reading from Genesis - and the Psalm, too. In Genesis we hear the telling of Rebekah joining Abraham and Isaac’s family, taken away from her own - as it was then. It appears as though she has some agency in the story - it seems she is given a choice to go or not (whether or not it was actually a choice in her culture is unsure), but this is unlike Isaac, who is more or less just a sidenote in almost every story that involves him. It gives us a hint of the…
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Worship for Holy Week 2020

Baptism, Creation, Deacon, Discipleship, Easter, Faith, Grace, Hope, Pastor, Sermons, Worship
Holy Week was all online this year for the first time ever! All of our worship resources are below. Maundy Thursday In partnership with First Lutheran in Kennewick and Pasco, this worship service can be found here. Good Friday Also in partnership with KFL and PFL, this worship service can be found here. Easter Vigil There are many videos in this project, submitted by congregation members and pastoral staff alike! You can see them here. If needed, the password is easter.
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Sermon from March 8, 2020

Baptism, Discipleship, Grace, Lent, Pastor, Sermons
First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a; Gospel: John 3:1-21 Have you been born again? Our reading had “born from above”, but some translate this as “born again,” and another alternate from the translation is “born anew.” What does that even mean? Within Christianity, we might say being born again means something about giving your life to Jesus, taking Jesus as your savior…I’m sure you’ve heard the verbage before. I am uncomfortable with that language, as I imagine some of you are. And yes, I know there are some of you that like that language - it’s what you grew up with or what you are comfortable with.  “Being born again” - that phrase, isn’t common to our Lutheran articulation of faith. I know lots of Lutherans who struggle with how to answer that question (Are you born again?) because we don’t use that language. We tend to…
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