Here I Come with My Gumboots On

By Rev. Peter Karanja July 19, 2020 Video of whole service: Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3 & Matthew 14:22-30 Gumboots, Wellington, mud boots, rain boots, mucking boots, billy boots: there are many names for these greatest innovations in the footwear industry.  Gumboots are very handy shoes in diverse industrial settings: protection from mud and grime in mines, from chemical spills in chemical plants and from water, dirt, and mud in horticultural and agricultural work; and serving the high standard of hygiene required in food processing plants, hospitals and for the fishermen and list goes on and on.  I still remember my colourful ...
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“Why do you tell yourself that, Child of God?”

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen July 12, 2020 Video of whole service: Scripture: Psalm 139: 1-18 I have been waiting to preach on this image today. As I watched Lindsey’s Bible Journaling posts appear on Facebook, this is the one that stood out to me the very most. When I look at it, I see just a barrage of negative messages that the world tells us – and sometimes we tell ourselves. They are swirling around this woman like an ominous and dark cloud: failure, unlovable, burden, lost cause, ugly, weak, useless, screw-up. Yet these words do not breach the outline of ...
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Loving the Stranger in the Image of God

By Pastor Chris Jorgensen & Pastor Peter Karanja July 5, 2020 Video of whole service: Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:17-22 [Pastor Chris:]  Today’s scripture from the Book of Deuteronomy contains a common ethic, some common guidance, for the people of God, that is found in many places throughout scripture. Here in Deuteronomy 10:19 specifically, it reads, “You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” But you can find this teaching to care for the stranger or the immigrant, sometimes called the alien, all over. Let’s just hear a few more from the Hebrew Bible (what ...
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The Most Loving and Lightest Yoke

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen June 28, 2020 Video of the whole service: Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30 I love this scripture from the Gospel of Matthew. Let’s read it one more time. [Jesus said…] 28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Before I went to seminary, almost ten years ago now, my first ministry was volunteering ...
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Standing Outside the Tomb

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen June 14, 2020 Video of whole service: Scripture: Matthew 27:55-61 In today’s sermon on mental health, I do want to let you know that we are going to talk about suicidal ideation, self-harm, and violence in this sermon. I wanted to let you know that so you can take care of yourselves and your families in this moment.  Like last week, today’s sermon is inspired by two of Lindsey Madsen’s drawings. The drawings include two phrases: "The Struggle is Part of the Story" and “Watch the Lamb.” The struggle drawing with the dove and the ...
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