Apr 30, 2017
Recognizing Jesus
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April 30, 2017. If we met Jesus, would we recognize him? In today's Gospel the apostles did not recognize the risen Christ even when he himself came up and walked along with them. Pastor Penny preaches on this text, asks us to consider how our desires might cause us to believe in ideas that aren't true, and offers ideas about how we can go out into the world as Easter people and share the gift we've been given. *** [Keywords: 2017 30 more years A self-made success? American dream Christ in actions as you come together Easter evening Easter peple Elijah Ezekiel God promises us Holy Communion every week I didn't recognize you I love you no matter what happens Isaiah Jason Ford Jeremiah Last Supper Let's kill that myth Luke 24:13-34 Maundy Thursday Moses PBS NewsHour Pastor Penny Holste St. Peter Why did you let that car hit me? advantages all on your own angels said Jesus had arisen armed with wits and strong work ethic astronaut baby was not going to live be prepared to suffer be transformed beaten beautiful idea but isn't true began to believe best possible future blinded them blinds us born into bought land decades ago bring meals broke through that desire burst into tears care about people charismatic leader climbed way to top college with no school debt color of our skin corporate ladder couldn't be Messiah created it dead discipline doctor gave bad news don't recognize him empowered exiled extreme dedication face to face in eternity facelift fail to be grateful fed the 5000 four year old boy free Israel generations before gift we've been given give rides glorious vision good schools good success story hair dyed hand-me-down clothes handshakes harsh realities he's alive heart attack hearts kept them from recognizing help to buy house hit by a car and killed how foolish you are hugs humble background image of Messiah imprisoned in community with him once again inherit intelligence interpret story invest in startup kept them from seeing king leader killed leading people into idolatry left some money lending discrimination less fortunate love into your families make it on our own maybe he's alive meet Jesus mid 70s military leader millionaire miraculous way modern day parallel neighbors not one of the twelve not practicing justice and mercy of course the Messiah was going to die on fire with hope out into the world pastor friend pearly gates people of God had to suffer pick up hints place where you work live learn play prayerfully with other people preach and do miracles predicted would die and rise pregnant prophet prophetic tradition rally the troops really isn't true relatives rely not on ourselves but on God retraced their steps rocket fly to moon rooted in history safe neighborhood save Israel saw God in that little boy say things that were hard scripture see christ through us send letters serious help sermon seven miles to Jerusalem show us the stars slow of heart to believe slow to believe smiles sold for fortune son stand up stand up to powers that be story preserved 2000 years for us suffering servant support structure take care of people take care of widows and orphans and foreigners in country teachers tech entrepreneurs testimony of women through this faith community throw off power of Roman Empire tomb was empty took the bread blessed it and broke it tummy tuck two generations ago two men in Jesus' inner circle unable to see vanished very sad want to believe it wanted to believe we don't recognize God we have seen him we made a mistake white light white man white privilege whole new possibility woke up woman taken to hospital working your way up from nothing worth it]
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  • Apr 30, 2017Recognizing Jesus
    Apr 30, 2017
    Recognizing Jesus
    Series: (All)
    April 30, 2017. If we met Jesus, would we recognize him? In today's Gospel the apostles did not recognize the risen Christ even when he himself came up and walked along with them. Pastor Penny preaches on this text, asks us to consider how our desires might cause us to believe in ideas that aren't true, and offers ideas about how we can go out into the world as Easter people and share the gift we've been given. *** [Keywords: 2017 30 more years A self-made success? American dream Christ in actions as you come together Easter evening Easter peple Elijah Ezekiel God promises us Holy Communion every week I didn't recognize you I love you no matter what happens Isaiah Jason Ford Jeremiah Last Supper Let's kill that myth Luke 24:13-34 Maundy Thursday Moses PBS NewsHour Pastor Penny Holste St. Peter Why did you let that car hit me? advantages all on your own angels said Jesus had arisen armed with wits and strong work ethic astronaut baby was not going to live be prepared to suffer be transformed beaten beautiful idea but isn't true began to believe best possible future blinded them blinds us born into bought land decades ago bring meals broke through that desire burst into tears care about people charismatic leader climbed way to top college with no school debt color of our skin corporate ladder couldn't be Messiah created it dead discipline doctor gave bad news don't recognize him empowered exiled extreme dedication face to face in eternity facelift fail to be grateful fed the 5000 four year old boy free Israel generations before gift we've been given give rides glorious vision good schools good success story hair dyed hand-me-down clothes handshakes harsh realities he's alive heart attack hearts kept them from recognizing help to buy house hit by a car and killed how foolish you are hugs humble background image of Messiah imprisoned in community with him once again inherit intelligence interpret story invest in startup kept them from seeing king leader killed leading people into idolatry left some money lending discrimination less fortunate love into your families make it on our own maybe he's alive meet Jesus mid 70s military leader millionaire miraculous way modern day parallel neighbors not one of the twelve not practicing justice and mercy of course the Messiah was going to die on fire with hope out into the world pastor friend pearly gates people of God had to suffer pick up hints place where you work live learn play prayerfully with other people preach and do miracles predicted would die and rise pregnant prophet prophetic tradition rally the troops really isn't true relatives rely not on ourselves but on God retraced their steps rocket fly to moon rooted in history safe neighborhood save Israel saw God in that little boy say things that were hard scripture see christ through us send letters serious help sermon seven miles to Jerusalem show us the stars slow of heart to believe slow to believe smiles sold for fortune son stand up stand up to powers that be story preserved 2000 years for us suffering servant support structure take care of people take care of widows and orphans and foreigners in country teachers tech entrepreneurs testimony of women through this faith community throw off power of Roman Empire tomb was empty took the bread blessed it and broke it tummy tuck two generations ago two men in Jesus' inner circle unable to see vanished very sad want to believe it wanted to believe we don't recognize God we have seen him we made a mistake white light white man white privilege whole new possibility woke up woman taken to hospital working your way up from nothing worth it]
  • Apr 16, 2017This Easter Hope
    Apr 16, 2017
    This Easter Hope
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    April 16, 2017. The Easter story may be hard to believe, but it rings true. Pastor Penny talks today about Mary Magdalene, the first person to see Jesus alive after his resurrection. Suddenly she had a future, and she could go through life confidently sharing the good news. We're like Mary. As Jesus called her by name, so he is calling us. He wants us too to share in word and deed this Easter hope. *** [Keywords: Easter Easter story changes us Garden of Eden Garden of the Resurrection God called us by name God is holding us God planted us God's precious planting Gospel Jesus cured her Jesus himself appears Jesus understands grief Magdala Mary believes Pastor Penny Holste agonizing death all four Gospels all she has left of Jesus always hanging on always searching anchored approached the tomb ascend to the Father avid gardeners baptism because they've taken the body boy walking with grandfather cast out seven demons cloths wrapped around commissioned concern for the body confidently through life cross crying outside tomb did not share hope disciple dismiss friends' encouragement does not recognize him doesn't recognize them everything you need expected worst experience of humanity we cannot avoid experienced human life famous Roman statesman Cicero far as he could see first Easter first person to see Jesus alive flourish follow me for balance excitement success security for the future for us too frame of mind fruit that isn't so good garden and a library garden was quiet gardening as a chore get on the team get that scholarship go to my brothers good fruit good place or bad place grace of God gratefully great apostle great place to be the garden green tall strong trees grow handkerchief rolled up carefully hang on to him physically hard to believe held comforted strengthened by Jesus' spirit her lord her teacher friend beloved leader hold onto the past hope and prayer instinctively grabs hold is this orchard dying lay someone we love to rest in grave leaves reaching up lives are like orchard lost him once lump must be cancer maybe I'll be lonely mental illness messengers of hope mourn a dead body mourn at Jesus' tomb must have stolen his body my Father and your Father my God and your God never really notice not all we have not good enough for job not like robber would do old story one again with God only hope orchard our lives matter outcast in society pain in Mary's soul planted in God's garden power of the Holy Spirit rated gardens right up there with library reason to believe recognizes that voice reconnected records of the church recreating relationship between human beings and God resurrection reunited rich soil rings true rival Peter rock over entrance had been rolled away roots go down deep scrubby looking send her his spirit sermon share in word and especially in deed sharing good news sins are forgiven solitary figure sometimes both spring blossoms around us tall and strong things we love this Easter hope this joy this message this promise those that have gone before us those we love took her sad news took his body top of the ridge two angels until he calls her name Mary use this life vast forest into eternity very hard things victory over death and evil we are like Mary we are like a tree wept at tomb of Lazarus who are you looking for why are you crying without going in woman named Mary Magdalene wonderful things 2017]
  • Mar 26, 2017Though I Was Blind, Now I See
    Mar 26, 2017
    Though I Was Blind, Now I See
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    March 26, 2017. Not everyone wants to be free from blindness. Pastor Penny preaches today on both the physical blindness of the man Jesus healed in John 9:1-41, and on another kind of blindness. The Pharisees who questioned the healed blind man were themselves blinded, by their rules, and by their obsession with keeping the law. Are we more like the blind man or the Pharisees? When Jesus invites us to the baptismal font, do we promise to try to see others as God sees us? *** [Keywords: Amy high powered New York architect At First Sight movie God valued him Gospel James Jesus invites us to the baptismal font Jesus offers healing Jesus' intention John 9:1-41 Pastor Penny Holste Pharisees Sabbath Shirl Jennings Ten Commandments Virgil able to see accepts afraid all their many rules already loves us anxieties baptized based on true story beggar bird took off flying blind from birth blinded by rules booted from synagogue breaking rules broken commandment called him Lord can be painful challenged their blindness come to see God compulsion confident couldn't remember their image crucified did not want to dirt distances were confusing doctor dog from cat drives wedge between us and people we love educated ends on sad note excellent in work or school eyesight fall back fall in love feeling fell on knees felt more disabled felt superior first a man free from blindness get rid of their blindness gift good life in spite of blindness great temptation having our trust healer helping someone on Sabbath highly respected leaders ice skating on pond identity independent keep all the rules keeping trust kneading bread know world without seeing known by everyone light of God's love look at life through God's eyes lost confidence love and forgive us forever love and mercy maintaining certain lifestyle make paste man from God massage therapist mitzvot mixing anything with hands more aware of Jesus more confusing and scarier never gave up on them obsession with keeping the law offered to end their blindness our value is already there outcast physical blindness physical sight pool and be healed prefers to remain blind questioned the healed blind man reaction to world reason he was killed recover sight regained energy religious leaders renewed creative energy road leading to village rose from darkness of death saddest thing about their compulsion about rules see others as God sees us see others like God sees us sinful society portrayed solution for eyelids something more precious soul searching spit still blind stronger than blindness succeeding in physical challenges successful operation take over our lives teaching then prohpet they were seeing God third commandment through hearing time and money touching trust Jesus trust in loving God unfailing promise unless they were dying vacation spa valued by God wash eyelids in pool wasn't being punished when we fail who God was who he was whole new understanding your sins remain 613 rules]
  • Mar 19, 2017Quite a Transformation
    Mar 19, 2017
    Quite a Transformation
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    March 19, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches on John 4:5-42, the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. He transformed her and her community when he told her that the traditions that divide us are not that important, and that he was the Messiah. Jesus invites us too to be transformed, to trust in the living water of baptism and God's love. *** [Keywords: Easter morning Gospel story of transformation Harry Potter I am the Messiah I've got news Jesus invites us Jesus is the magic wand Jews and Samaritans John 4:5-42 Judea back to Galilee Samaritan woman at well afraid for future ask for living water bad habit best she could blame wife bold third step break down wall because of religion bringing the harvest broke two taboos challenges we face confessed Jesus dance changed completely demand or invitation or request dependency didn't criticize difficult disciples eternal first as a baby first step five husbands forgot bucket at well garage gave woman courage get rid of it give me this water gives life go ask your husband to come here greater than Jacob? had hope hard to shake it hated Samaritans he walks with us heat of day her whole community home and garden channel issue in relationship keeping two people apart leaving himself open lifeless body live day to day makes a move making himself vulnerable man divorce wife unable to have children man not your husband man stretched out on cross man to man to man medical or financial challenge men did not speak to women in public messy room tidy minister to him neat and functional needed roof over head no choice no confidence no longer despairing no power to change situation not her fault at all old house paper picked up twirled around dance partner project real world requested drink of water resolving issue risky savior of the world second step seems impossible seen the Messiah share the love of God she could ignore request spoke to woman step by step stuck swipe a wand talked to her through not around Samaria traditions that divide us are not that important transformed woman's life transforms in a process transforms us treated her as equal trust in his love trust in living water trust in power of God unclean bucket understood pain and valued her until she met Jesus used to criticism village invited Jesus water of baptism water of baptism where are you getting this water? why are you asking? willingness to be vulnerable willingness to engage winter being transformed into spring woman not cared for women go in groups work through it worship in Jerusalem]
  • Mar 5, 2017Our North Star
    Mar 5, 2017
    Our North Star
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    March 5, 2017. Do we need a kind of North Star in our lives? Today we hear the Gospel story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. How did he know he was being tempted? Pastor Penny preaches on this text and says that he knew because what the devil was offering didn't match up with his mission. Our mission, like Jesus', is to help and care for others. Knowing this helps us to know when we're being tempted. And we can resist temptation because of our loving relationship with God, a relationship that becomes our North Star that will guide us home. *** [Keywords: Adam and Eve Atticus Finch Garden of Eden Jesus Our North Star Pastor Penny Holste Polaris Prodigal Son Satan To Kill a Mockingbird accepting food aligns with north pole all these kingdoms will be yours angry comment at our computer attacked baptized care for others clear temptation computer constant communication crossword puzzle crucified desert devil didn't match up died don't really need dreams for his son drudgery email eons facebook fall on our faces fasted field of temptations forgives us frivolous full stomach guide us home he had to go home help help and care for others hours on phone how we use our time hurt impact innocent jumping off building kind of star knew his mission lawyer in small Southern town lead them home safely look out for other people loving relationship with God loving relationship with son make it home safely mall mission moral muscles navigation night sky not a particular star not motivated by dread or fear offering one more cookie or drink one more movie or video game one person in church and another person in life online store our mission paid a price poor traveling healer post something sarcastic power and glory push buy quoting Scripture recognize represented represents black man rescue us resist temptation rise again sacrificed for us sailors saved by angels send his son to be tempted session in gym spur of the moment decision to purchase something stars rotate strength to withstand taught us tempt the angels tempter they may be one as we are one understand the human situation unfairly accused when we're being tempted white woman wilderness worship the devil]
  • Feb 26, 2017We’ve Got Work to Do
    Feb 26, 2017
    We’ve Got Work to Do
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    February 26, 2017. We live in different worlds and have different experiences. We are white and black, police and nonpolice, hopeful and hopeless. It's all too easy to live our lives without knowing how other people live theirs. But when that bubble bursts, what do we do? Being exposed to new truths can be overwhelming. Pastor Penny relates this to how it must have been for Jesus' disciples, wondering whether they were on the right track following him. Jesus shared his vision with the disciples. What is God's vision for us, and what are we called to do with this new understanding? *** [Keywords: African Americans Bible Easter morning Father 2 Father Ferguson Get up and don't be afraid God was at work God's action in our world Holy Redeemer James Jerusalem Jesus would be crucified Jewish cemetary Jews John Lenten journey Lutheran Mediterranean Muslim PBS Peter Pontius Pilate Roman Catholic Rust Belt Syrians The Talk This is my son, the beloved, in whom I am well pleased Transfiguration United Nations a few bad actors actions of Jesus afraid agonizing experiences alive again anger animosity ban been followed in store black people bottom of socioeconomic ladder boy's body brightness brought people together bubble burst caucasians civil war cloud college students come to worship command conflict country courage to listen cowardice crack open these silos crowds came out crucified days that followed demean different experience disappearing lifestyles disciples dishonor documentary drought drowned election face to face fisherman follow him forgave going to hell in a handbasket good will prevail grave challenge to police hardship have hope headed to Jerusalem healed healing holy communion honor and revere hope dried up hopeful and hopeless how do we deal hymns ideologically opposed insinuations insult jobs dried up killed by police late night comedians lepers lips of Christian friends listen to him little boys killed live in a bubble lived in shadows lives of others love your enemies males media midweek services millions of children mosque mountain new ways of understanding no hope no jobs norms of our society not comfortable not trying to escape on the right track out of body experience outright lies overwhelmed Penny Holste police and nonpolice political enemies politicians power of God prayers pulling gun pushed over headstones re-energized reignited rejuvenated religious leaders religious radio stations rituals selfishness shoplifting split second standards of decency have really dropped starvation stopped by police take heart the Word time for a vision together bringing love to this world two different worlds unclean unjustly untouchables vandals violence of mobs visionary experiences voice of God warning we have each other we have the world we support you we welcome immigrants we've got work to do what Jesus would say what are we supposed to do white and black white people without knowing about other people's lives worked together]
  • Feb 5, 2017Build Bridges, Not Walls
    Feb 5, 2017
    Build Bridges, Not Walls
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    February 5, 2017. In Matthew 5:13-20, Jesus tells us that we're the salt of the earth and the light of the world. In the time of Jesus, salt and light were very important. We're important too. Especially now, with our politics and our communities and country divided more than ever, Jesus urges us not to hide our light. Instead of building walls between us and those with whom we disagree, we should build bridges. We're reminded just how much power God gives us, and in her sermon today Pastor Penny talks about some ways we can be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. *** [Keywords: "I am a Marine and a Muslim, ask me anything" Boeing Christ Lutheran Church Enterprise Feed My Starving Children Good Shepherd Lutheran Gospel Jesus Latin word for salt Marine Matthew 5:13-20 McDonald's Pastor Penny Roman soldiers Starbucks Super Bowl abusively airplanes awesome breaking the law bridges build building bushel basket cars coffee communities community meal controversial country courage daycare demonize disagree discard ideas discard people disengage disengaging divided eating with outcasts energy faithful work family fire firefighters fulfill fulfilled fulfilling give one another strength goodness grievances hamburgers healing on the Sabbath hide our light hobbies hold each other up important latchkey after school law light of the world listen lose flavor marches negative statement neutrality new administration oil lamps other side outside walls paid patience plural in the Greek politics power powerless prayers preserve food product promises we make and keep protests relationship sacrifice salary salt of the earth stereotype strength sun went down tempted trade commodity turning off understanding unshakeable volunteer efforts walls willing to talk wisdom word association words of encouragement world community]
  • Jan 29, 2017Blessing and Honor
    Jan 29, 2017
    Blessing and Honor
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    January 29, 2017. Today we hear about the Beatitudes, the eight blessings from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, and consider a new way to look at blessings. God has a plan to make life better for the poor in spirit; those who mourn; the meek; and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Pastor Penny preaches that by honoring them, those of us who are merciful; pure in heart; peacemakers; and persecuted for righteousness sake can provide strength and comfort to the downtrodden, and then everyone is blessed. *** [Keywords: Aleppo Bana Alabed Beatitudes Gospel of Matthew Jesus Latin Palestinians Pastor Penny SUV Sermon on the Mount St. Louis Syria Tom Lake argument bad choices badmouthed beautiful reward begging blessing civil war comfort comforted contractor crayon on walls crowds of people destitute disciples doormats down and out downtrodden drugs employees employers followers greatest reward homeless honor honorable house being sold inherit the earth insulation justice kingdom of Heaven merciful middle class might makes right murders never solved no hope no land no power peacemakers persecuted pity police officer poor in spirit power pure in heart refugee camp righteousness safety net satisfied second third chance shot spiritless stains on carpet stand up strength success teenager the meek those who hunger and thirst those who mourn translated translation tweeted]
  • Jan 8, 2017Fulfilling Our Promise
    Jan 8, 2017
    Fulfilling Our Promise
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    January 8, 2017. Baptism is a two-way street. God promises us his unconditional love, and we too make a promise. We promise to follow in God's way. The roles we play in our lives may describe us, but only God can define us. He has made us more. Pastor Penny talks today about how we can use the encouragement God gives to us to live out his way and fulfill the promise we made at our baptisms. *** [Keywords: "This is my Son, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased" As a light to the nations Denzel Washington Fences movie Fulfilling Our Promise Harriet Tubman Holy Spirit I have called you in righteousness Isaiah 42:6 Jesus Sam Houston Underground Railroad argued with friend badmouthed baptism begrudgingly bridge players bullied children clean slate cold morning define us delighted describe us doctors encouragement escape fall off wagon follow in God's way freed hundreds more slaves golfers infants lawyers letter to the editor marriage not about keeping the rules offering check parenthood pledge promises response roles runners shirked duties sins washed away slave spouses students teachers two-way street unconditional love yearning “If that be the case, God help the fish down below" “Well, General, all your sins have been washed away”]
  • Dec 24, 2016Go Change the World
    Dec 24, 2016
    Go Change the World
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    December 24, 2016. On this Christmas Eve we might imagine a future only of good and beauty, but we know the burdens of reality will set back in. We know we can't expect forgiveness for all our selfishness. But God gives us a gift we don't expect: a new reality. We know we don't have to follow Santa's rules. We don't have to worry about how successful or productive we've been, or even whether we've pleased God. In her sermon this evening, Pastor Penny reminds us that God gives us the best gift when he says that we're his daughters and sons whom he loves, and that this gift is so great we need to share it. *** [Keywords: "Go change the world" Christmas tree Christmas Eve Francisco Ortega God's children Mexico Pastor Penny Santa animals beauty belonging burdens of reality childhood daughters expect expectation forgiveness future future gift glimmering ornaments glowing lights good good and beauty immigrant joy magical feeling merit naughty new reality nice peace pressure productive respectable selfishness shepherds smell good socioeconomic pole sons successful tension unearned unexpected]