Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen November 3, 2019 Scripture: Psalm 30:4-12 There are various opinions among scholars about the details of why our psalmist wrote today’s psalm. If that word is unfamiliar to you, you can think of it a psalm as a prayer, but it is actually more like a hymn. These psalms were meant to be set to music and sung. In this psalm, it is undeniable that the psalmist has come through some kind of hardship and experienced a restoration of his hope. This movement from suffering to hope is recorded over and over again in this one ...
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Imagine Your Baptism

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 27, 2019 Scripture: Romans 6:1-11 I have to confess. I have always been a bit envious of adults who have experienced an immersion baptism like the one we saw today in worship. I guess you could say I suffer from baptism envy. I was baptized by sprinkling as an infant, but whenever I have seen adults baptized or watched videos of immersion baptisms, I've been like “Aww, man. I wish that was MY baptism experience. I wish I was baptized by immersion.” Anybody else feel that way? I think there's something legitimate about that. There ...
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Courage Tinged with Desperation

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 19, 2019 Scripture: Mark 5:25-34 I learned something fascinating this week. I was reading the Brené Brown book, Dare to Lead, for our Thursday night book group. In it, Brown describes the courageous leadership of an Air Force Colonel named DeDe Halfhill. In the book, Colonel Halfhill shares the story about how she learned of an epidemic of loneliness in the Air Force that appeared to be contributing to low morale and even hopelessness among Air Force personnel. She notes that this sense of hopelessness is so severe… that the military in general and the ...
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Repairing the World

By Nicole Guthrie October 13, 2019 Scripture: John 14:1-14 Good morning, everyone!  I’m so happy to be here with you this morning and so thankful that Chris has asked me to share with you for National Coming Out Day. In the first section of our scripture this morning we find what might be a familiar to you passage where Jesus tells the disciples that he will soon be going to his Father’s house and in that house are many rooms—Jesus is going to prepare a place for his disciples there.  And Thomas, in true ‘disciple’ fashion has no idea what ...
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Recognizing the Body

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 6, 2019 Scripture: 1 Cor 11:17-28 I have to admit. I kind of love it when Paul gets fiery. This apostle Paul, who wrote this letter to the church in Corinth, is angry in today’s reading. He is ticked off. And I kind of love it. Because Paul’s anger comes out when there’s something he’s really passionate about, something that really matters to him. When he’s angry, it shows that he thinks this issue is at the very heart of what being a Christian, a follower of Jesus, is all about. And what’s he angry ...
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