Dec 26, 2020
Today's sermon is preached by Bishop Amy Current of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA. We meet Simeon and Anna, two righteous, devout, and prophetic elderly adults who are waiting for the salvation of the world. Their waiting is over as the Christ child is revealed to them.
Dec 24, 2020
Celebrating Christmas this year is, for many, a lesson in disappointment and discouragement. The pandemic has robbed us of gatherings and traditions that bring comfort to the season. It is all very disorienting. Joseph and Mary experienced this kind of disorientation too. Caused by a census rather than a pandemic,...
Dec 19, 2020
Have you ever felt like a nobody? Have you felt like you just don't matter to the world? The truth is you matter to the church, you matter to the community of believers, and you matter to God.
Dec 12, 2020
Paul writes to us in this week’s lesson, “Rejoice always!” In the middle of a pandemic? In the middle of a world going mad and coming apart at the seams? Rejoice? Really? Yes. Joy is different than fun or being happy. It is an act of God. Joy is part of humanity. It is part of you!
Dec 5, 2020
It is sometimes hard to hope for God’s salvation when suffering, injustice, diseases are all up and God does not seem any closer. In Advent we hope for God’s redemption and wonder why it is taking so long. It’s about time things changed! Don’t you think?