Sermon on the Mount

A Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Welcome to the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany Season A.   This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  The scripture readings for the day are Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18Psalm 119:33-401 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23  and Matthew 5:38-48

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2BP36: Peacemaking in 2017

Happy New Year!  Pastor Joe and Pastor Geoff talk about different ways we can bring peace into the world in 2017.  We also talk about some of our hope and dreams for the new year.  We would love to hear from you!  Leave us a comment on this post about some of the things you are looking forward to this year.

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Advent 2: Advent Repent

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent

Welcome to the Second Sunday of Advent Year A. This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the light of Christ’s coming. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.  The scripture readings for the day are Isaiah 11:1-10Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19Romans 15:4-13 and Matthew 3:1-12.

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2BP34: The Little Free Pantry

Conversation with Jessica McClard

Jessica McClard ran through the streets of her neighborhood and saw many Little Free Libraries.  After seeing them she was inspired to help her neighbors by creating a pantry similar to the libraries.  After she looked for the perfect location to put it, she finally decided on her church, Good Shepherd Lutheran.

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The concept is as easy as it sounds; People can open it up and take what they need.

People all around the world are creating their own and telling her about it.

If you are inspired to create your own check out her website Little Free Pantry.

 

2BP33: Conversation with Bishop Paul Erickson

Bishop of Greater Milwaukee Synod, ELCA

The Rev. Paul D. Erickson was elected June 4, 2016 to a six-year term as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Erickson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1989. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2012.

He returns to the Greater Milwaukee Synod from St. Paul, where he served as the director of Agora, a ministry that works to develop lay leaders for immigrant and multicultural congregations in Minnesota and South Dakota. Erickson grew up in the Greater Milwaukee Synod, where he was a member of St. Matthew’s in Wauwatosa and Bethel in Muskego. From 1993-2003, he served as pastor of Faith/Santa Fe Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, and he was later called as Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission in the Saint Paul Area Synod, where he served with Bishop Peter Rogness (a former bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod) from 2008-2014. He has also served at congregations in Chicago, Ill. and West St. Paul, Minn.

Erickson speaks of his deep love of the ELCA and of the global church, and notes that he has spent much of his ministry working in cross-cultural settings. He also points out the need to find new ways to move forward together as the church, despite our comfort with more familiar approaches to ministry.

Paul and his wife, Lynn (an ELCA pastor serving in West St. Paul, Minn.), have two children: David, 20, and Sarah, 16.

2BP31: Vote for Justice and Peace

We are living in a difficult time. Next week we are approaching a very important election. We don’t have the answers but we talked about the election and how important Justice and Peace is to our vote.

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