We are your Gardners

by: Peter Karanja I Associate Pastor for Community Engagement Text: Gen 3:7-10, Psalms 8:4-9, and Matthew 26:36-40 Which tree is this?  African Baobab Tree - as the name suggests it is commonly found in Africa and it can grow up 82 feet high and 45 feet in diameter, it bears large white flowers, and bears fruits that are very nutritious.  The act of identifying plants and flowers has been a very long tradition among human beings and in Hebrew Bible that we call the Old Testament one of the assigned tasks of Adam in the garden of Eden was to ...
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Jesus First

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen July 4, 2021 Video of Entire Service: Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13 If aliens were watching Channel 6 this past Friday morning from 8 AM – 9 AM, they would have come away with some very interesting impressions of what Americans are celebrating when they celebrate the 4th of July. First, they would have learned about the need for a weigh-in before the annual July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest…which I believe is televised on ESPN if you are looking for something to do today. Second, they would have learned about the way Pabst Blue Ribbon ...
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The Beauty of the Love Feasts

By Rev. Peter Karanja June 27, 2021 Video of entire service: Scripture: Ruth 2:1-13 and 1 Corinthians 11:34 I have to admit that I am one of those seasonal good cooks who happens to be great only on special occasions. I would know this simply because in many of the potlucks I have attended, people do appreciate my cooking. One thing is for sure: I do take these potlucks with a degree of seriousness given that this is a special occasion for me to share more details about who I am as a person who has been shaped by ...
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Sharing the Celebration

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen June 20, 2021 Video of entire service: Scripture: Galatians 3:25-29 This is a photo of Chris Jorgensen’s greatest sporting achievement. I mean, it’s not this Chris Jorgensen’s greatest achievement, but I bet it was for whatever Chris Jorgensen bowled that 300 game in Ralston a few years ago. A friend of mine saw the sign and took a picture for me – even though I’m pretty sure she knew that my highest bowling score ever was like 120. That is pretty sad because I come from a line of fairly accomplished women bowlers. My mom ...
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Movin’ On Up (With a Little Help from Our Friends)

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen June 13, 2021 Video of entire service: Scripture: Numbers 11:10-17 This week’s worship theme is “Everything is Sacred: Moving Edition.” Now, I will tell you what I told the folks in the Garden on Thursday evening. I am preaching about this topic by mistake. See, when I made plans for this sermon series, I was hoping Pastor Peter would be here to preach this week. Alas, due to a delay with his work visa, you can see he is not here. So I am stuck preaching about finding the sacred, finding God, when we move ...
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