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Apr 9, 2014 - Mark 6: Opposition Mounts  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixth Wednesday in Lent   We know that misunderstanding, antagonism, and sometimes murderous hate swirl around someone who announces the truth of Jesus, still today. (More...)

Apr 6, 2014 - Dry Bones?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixth Sunday in Lent   Do we encounter parallels of Ezekiel's vision in our congregation and in ourselves? Do we too have piles of dry bones? (More...)

Apr 2, 2014 - Mark 5: Trading Fear for Faith  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Wednesday in Lent   Like the man beset by demons, the woman burdened with hemorrhage, and the girl's father gripped by death, we too can trade in our fears for faith, and live now in anticipation of the joy of life remade in the kingdom of God. (More...)

Mar 30, 2014 - Choosing the Little One  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday in Lent   It is Good News for us whenever we are feeling low, small, abandoned, or alone. God his children [of whatever age!] never forsakes; His the loving purpose solely to preserve them pure and holy. (More...)

Mar 26, 2014 - The Life of Following Jesus  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Wednesday in Lent   True or false: When one follows Jesus, life is good and easy. False! Our lives may be much more difficult because we listen to Jesus and follow him. (More...)

Mar 23, 2014 - Surprise!  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday in Lent   Surprise! You've been drafted. The rest of your life is spent either acknowledging that draft and trying to respond appropriately, or else denying it and running the other way. (More...)

Mar 19, 2014 - Mark 3: The Life of Following Jesus  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Wednesday in Lent   Jesus doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called. Isn't that Good News for us! (More...)

Mar 16, 2014 - Darkness and Light  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday in Lent   Give thanks that we have the sort of God who actually wants to be with us, who condescends to speak with us, who intends to share the truth about it all with us...even if we can't fully comprehend the whole of that truth, even as we cannot define this God. (More...)

Mar 12, 2014 - Mark 2: Calling All Sinners  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Wednesday in Lent   Faith and forgiveness are closely linked, and forgiveness is the healing that is needed even more than the cure for paralysis. (More...)

Mar 10, 2014 - Where are the demons?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   STS retreat    Satan, demons, chaos, sin....they shall not have the last word. Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sin is put away. (More...)

Mar 9, 2014 - Sin or not sin  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   First Sunday of Lent   By the grace of God, the persistence of God, the gift of the forgiving love of God that pursues us even in our sinfulness, at the end of the journey we will be able to sing with saints and angels: The kingdom's ours forever. (More...)

Mar 8, 2014 - Remembering  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Jane Strous Funeral   The Good News of the day is that although our memories falter, God's does not. (More...)

Mar 5, 2014 - Mark 1: Good News in a Troubled World  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Ash Wednesday   We can turn away from it rejecting the offer of love, or we can hear it with joy and acknowledge our place in the kingdom of God that begins now and is brought to perfection in the life to come. (More...)

Mar 3, 2014 - For the Love of God  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   The Transfiguration of Jesus   We come to church not simply for edification, explanation, direction, or exhortation; we come for the love of God. (More...)

Feb 28, 2014 - Fresh Every Morning  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Joanne Cratsley Funeral   Even though it is a sad reason that brought folks together today, what a wonderful opportunity for everyone to laugh and cry together, to grow together, to comfort and encourage each other. These are the things that will strengthen all of us for the next part of living. (More...)

Feb 27, 2014 - Using Time Well  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Richard Robertson, Sr. Funeral   Today we give thanks to God for his gifts to and through Richard, and we pray that God will use what is passed on to the next generation as models for part of his intention for us. (More...)

Feb 23, 2014 - Worrying  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Seventh Sunday after Epiphany   We may be masters at fretting and worrying, but that is exactly what the good news of the day is inviting us to lay aside in favor of the better things which we can do. (More...)

Feb 16, 2014 - Even more offensive  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixth Sunday after Epiphany   God demands excessive things of us, and then he responds to our failures with excessive forgiveness, and bids us live within that same pattern. (More...)

Feb 9, 2014 - Salt and Light  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Sunday after Epiphany   You are to be making a difference out there in the world, not just talking about it, thinking about it, analyzing it, but doing it. (More...)

Feb 2, 2014 - Presenting Samuel, Jesus, and Ourselves  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Presentation of the Lord   What will you and I do in thanksgiving because God made a promise to us when we were presented at the font of Holy Baptism? (More...)

Jan 26, 2014 - Catching or being caught  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday after Epiphany   Rather than despairing that the task is so huge that we cannot complete it, the one who fishes on behalf of Jesus does so with the knowledge that he is the one in charge, not us. (More...)

Jan 19, 2014 - Strengthened by the Word  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday after Epiphany   Paul and Isaiah urge us to give thanks to God, no matter what, even in the midst of complaints, so that we can be encouraged that God will be persistent in giving us resources and also in setting before us opportunities to use them. (More...)

Jan 12, 2014 - Who are you?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Baptism of Our Lord   It is good news - I am not alone. I have a Lord Jesus who is in charge of things. I am in a web of relationships, a community, the church of all ages, the body of Christ Jesus. (More...)

Jan 9, 2014 - Because God....  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Dorothy Berndt Funeral   So now we see that Dot still had things to teach us, even in these recent days: things about perseverance, determination, and what to value. (More...)

Jan 5, 2014 - By another way  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday of Christmas   Are we willing to endure the death of our wants, and in their place receive new life with the risen and ruling Christ? (More...)

Dec 29, 2013 - Never “back to normal”  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   First Sunday of Christmas   Jesus confronts us in the persons in need, and changes the way we respond to them. We remember the way Jesus treats us, and look at others differently. (More...)

Dec 29, 2013 - Remember!  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Remembrance Service   Details fade, but the bond remains strong, because we are bound together in the one promise of Jesus. (More...)

Dec 24, 2013 - The Great Exchange  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Christmas Eve   Christ taking on our humanity, putting on our human frame, in order that he can contend with and conquer every power that tries to separate us from God and each other, even that final enemy, death. (More...)

Dec 22, 2013 - Embarrassed by the Great Offense  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday of Advent   Blessed indeed are those who like Joseph see past the offense that Jesus brings and are willing to be changed by it. Being a Christian is more than instantaneous conversation – it is the quiet daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ. (More...)

Dec 19, 2013 - Suitable for its time  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Wilson Doebler Funeral   The world has needed Wilson, and now the world needs what we can do with his legacy. (More...)

Dec 15, 2013 - Patience?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday of Advent   To be impatient with God may be an important step toward a deeper relationship with God. (More...)

Dec 13, 2013 - The Life of the Servant of Christ Jesus  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Kay Crane Funeral   So, it turns out that Kay, who thought she didn't have much more to do, gave us a final gift today. With her choices of lessons and hymns, she has pointed us to the important things of life and death and new life in Christ Jesus. (More...)

Dec 8, 2013 - Is “hope” the right word?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday of Advent    Our powers of observation and imagination are at a dead-end; something new can only be by God's action to surprise us. (More...)

Dec 1, 2013 - In God's Good Time  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   First Sunday of Advent   God moves into time, adopts our time, redeems us from bondage to time's ravages, and generates the "fullness of time" Christ Jesus come to us. (More...)

Nov 24, 2013 - Prophet, Priest, and King  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Christ the King Sunday   So we see how all three titles are pointing to the one truth. The Prophet is the Truth he tells; the Priest is the Presence of God he mediates; the King is the Servant his royalty deserves. (More...)

Nov 17, 2013 - On that Day  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost   The Day of the Lord comes when we are not expecting it –we'll not be able to work out a time-line. But we still try to twist it into something which we can control. (More...)

Nov 10, 2013 - Persistent Hope  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost   Prayer is a dangerous thing. When we pray through the Spirit, we are praying for God's future to break in, to stir us, to transform us, to make us to live in lively hope. (More...)

Nov 3, 2013 - To sing the forever song  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   James Buckman Funeral   We have the song of the angels which we are invited to imitate with joy that it is true, that it will be true, that it is becoming true....for Jim, for us, and for all God's people. (More...)

Nov 3, 2013 - Witness of all the saints  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   All Saints Sunday   Well, here we are surrounded by the saints. It is an expansive group, this number of the saints. Some few of them we can see: the folks in the pews around us. And there are more. (More...)

Oct 27, 2013 - Is there some other Gospel?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Reformation Sunday   The Reformation is not just a particular point in church history 500 years ago, it is the constant call to receive the Good News, to think clearly, and to boldly act in accord with that News in this day. (More...)

Oct 25, 2013 - With a voice of singing  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Catherine Goertz Funeral   Catherine is joining with the host of heaven in the song that is to be ours as well. (More...)

Oct 20, 2013 - Are you a consecrated disciple?  The Rev. W. Stevens Shipman   Consecration Sunday   Are you a consecrated disciple of the crucified and risen Lord? What have you left behind to follow him? (More...)

Oct 13, 2013 - No Escape?  Lay Assistant Ray Huff   Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost   We have been changed; we are saved. Let's take the leap and tell others the good news. (More...)

Sep 22, 2013 - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost    Jesus did not come to save good people, but sinners. (More...)

Sep 15, 2013 - Good News in Every Corner  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost   Some folks say that because of age or infirmity they have no part in the congregation anymore. The good news is that whatever our present limitations, we have an important stake in the final celebration, and perhaps some additional celebrating along the way. (More...)

Sep 8, 2013 - The Cost of Discipleship  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost   Our four boys confirmed today are not graduating from anything; they are just taking on more responsibility for their daily decisions in living as Christians. We shouldn't kid them; it is hard work. (More...)

Sep 1, 2013 - For Ourselves, or for God?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost   Our being here together is not about satisfying our wants, but about the praise of God, in midst of which we are also receiving what we need. (More...)

Aug 25, 2013 - Who, Me?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost   Jesus says, “I pick you. You are henceforth my people, even if you are spectacularly unqualified. I will take care of that problem.” (More...)

Aug 18, 2013 - The Cloud of Witnesses  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost   We can easily conclude that the Holy Spirit, the love of God in Christ Jesus, still has lots of work to be done in and among us all! (More...)

Aug 11, 2013 - Eschatology and Ethics  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost   Blessed are those whose ethics are shaped and guided by a healthy eschatology. (More...)

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