Aug 21, 2016
Breaking the Rules
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August 21, 2016. Today Pastor Penny preaches on the story of Jesus healing the disabled woman in the synagogue on the Sabbath, in Luke 13:10-17. If laws are allowed to be broken, the whole system can fall apart. But what if blindly following laws results in some people in society becoming invisible to us? What if we end up seeing only one side of an issue, the side that benefits us and does not challenge our beliefs? How can we free ourselves of this? Jesus' answer to the synagogue leader's indignance was to point out his hypocrisy. Might Jesus be an answer for us as well? *** [Keywords: African American Angela Martin Broken Windows theory Luke 13:10-17 Native Americans Philando Castile Sabbath St. Paul, Minnesota Whitney Plantation, Louisiana beliefs benefit bent over bridge challenge criminology daughter of Abraham deceiver disability disabled ex-con freed gay healed healing hypocrisy hypocrite insulated invisible issue judgement killing law lesbian liar one side one thing leads to another police pretender selfish selfishness share slave status suicide synagogue leader woman]
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  • Aug 21, 2016Breaking the Rules
    Aug 21, 2016
    Breaking the Rules
    Series: (All)
    August 21, 2016. Today Pastor Penny preaches on the story of Jesus healing the disabled woman in the synagogue on the Sabbath, in Luke 13:10-17. If laws are allowed to be broken, the whole system can fall apart. But what if blindly following laws results in some people in society becoming invisible to us? What if we end up seeing only one side of an issue, the side that benefits us and does not challenge our beliefs? How can we free ourselves of this? Jesus' answer to the synagogue leader's indignance was to point out his hypocrisy. Might Jesus be an answer for us as well? *** [Keywords: African American Angela Martin Broken Windows theory Luke 13:10-17 Native Americans Philando Castile Sabbath St. Paul, Minnesota Whitney Plantation, Louisiana beliefs benefit bent over bridge challenge criminology daughter of Abraham deceiver disability disabled ex-con freed gay healed healing hypocrisy hypocrite insulated invisible issue judgement killing law lesbian liar one side one thing leads to another police pretender selfish selfishness share slave status suicide synagogue leader woman]
  • Jul 24, 2016Thoughts on Prayer
    Jul 24, 2016
    Thoughts on Prayer
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    July 24, 2016. In Genesis 18:20-33, God listens to Abraham as he begs for Sodom. Today, Pastor Penny talks about how not only does God listen to our prayers, but she suggests that perhaps he also needs our prayers. Prayer can be dangerous but is also the safest thing we can do, because by praying we're putting ourselves at God's disposal in building his kingdom and opening ourselves to the needs and concerns of others. Pastor Penny then invites Noah Hornbeck to share his thoughts on the recent trip to Papua New Guinea, what his stay there was like, and what might the people there pray for for us, and what we might pray for for them. *** [Keywords: Abraham Australia Central States Synod Genesis 18:20-33 God needs our prayers God's kingdom I am your parent Islam Jesus Jesus Christ Lord's Prayer Luke Luther Matthew Noah Hornbeck Our Father who art in heaven Papua New Guinea Pastor Penny Holste Small Catechism Sodom St. Louis United States amazing way of life answer to our own prayer at God's disposal audacious bamboo bartering session boat ride brothers and sisters build the kingdom building his kingdom built us a house call me Father call me Mother dangerous death and resurrection depend on each other different state of life disdain dispassionate distant don't lose their way of life facebook feet gift hallowed be thy name hands heart hearts and minds are open held holy homeless person hospitable hospitals hurtful inflict harm on each other killing merciful master mouth needs and concerns of others newspaper organizations organized chaos pray for us prayer purpose receive reciting for our own benefit rough places safer arms safest thing we can do schedule seminary servants someone else's prayer someone we cannot see someone who mourns speaking stamina supporting technology third world country thoughts thy kingdom come tragedies trouble praying turbulent world unconditional love used car lot voting vulnerable walking streets youth representatives]
  • Jul 17, 2016Just One Thing You Need
    Jul 17, 2016
    Just One Thing You Need
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    July 17, 2016. With a skit featuring Katrina Lynn, Pastor Penny preaches on the story of Martha and Mary from Luke 10:38-42. Why do we feel the need, as Martha did, to be perfect? Whether we're given this role from family or pick it up from society around us, we tend to criticize ourselves when we don't do everything perfectly. But Jesus is telling us that it's the sharing and caring that are important, that the one thing we need is to know that God loves us just as we are. Like Mary, we are sitting at Jesus' feet, and we need to hear this again and again: that God loves us and gives us strength to face the world, and to do something about it. *** [Keywords: African American After the Party August 1944 Bibles France French chef Jacques P├ępin God loves us God's love Jesus loved her Jesus loves us Katrina Lynn Luke 10:38-42 Martha Martin Luther Mary Nazi control Paris Pastor Penny Holste angry audacity bad decisions best china best silver black sisters candybar carnage caucasian conversation criticize ourselves death deeds defy the evil limitations of society dialog difficult world disappointed in myself disciples distracted elaborate meal entertained entirety evil restrictions experience falafels fast 40 days forgive forgiven this world gift good and bad good decisions good wine grill guy-wires honored guest hopeless hospitality how are you not resentful how you entertain people humiliated inefficient injustices judging key to success kitchen learning letters to Congress liberated life make us forgiving move forward needful nice meal one thing we need one word owned by fathers and husbands paralizes us path forward perfect perfection prayer property pulled in different places race issues resurrection school share it sharing and caring sit at his feet sitting at Jesus' feet skit stamina strength through the bad parts tub of water for his feet two words up at dawn we are wholly blameless and irreproachable before God white women women world God made yogurt]
  • Jul 3, 2016What We Have to Offer
    Jul 3, 2016
    What We Have to Offer
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    July 3, 2016. We are living in a time of populist anger and frustration. But if everyday people know better than the wealthy elite, and they seem to be doing okay, then what do we have to offer them? And what about people who have to deal with fear and self-doubt alone? What do we have to offer them? Today, Pastor Penny talks about these issues from the perspective of faith, prayer, community, and the Gospel. *** [Keywords: Anita Brexit Busch Stadium Cardinals game Christ Christ is with us European Union Founding Fathers Mothers Fourth of July weekend Jesus North St. Louis Pastor Penny Holste UK United Kingdom Washington afraid of violence alone anchor baseball bubbled up challenges commentator common people couldn't erase it country cured people with demons dangers without deep problem desperate need didn't earn it disadvantaged people disciples doctor closed urgent care office doing just fine don't control downtown dread drink elevator speech emotions governing city country world faith community family fear footballs friend frustration gifts of food given their lives golf gun battle gun repository hail storm harvest harvest is plentiful have your speech ready health financial issue heroin use immigrants income inequality indelible ink investigate publish truth jobs juggling juicy keep doing laborers love and sacrifice loving God has final say loving family lower class middle class feels disenfranchised money more than we can bear nagging fear need to share neighbors news nice houses no Syrians nobody's listening offering plate office overstepping our bounds peace planted tomatoes play in sports political freedoms political parties populist anger power prayed prayer presumptuous proclaim the Gospel real joy your names are written in Heaven responsibilities ripe school schools scripture self-doubt sharp edge of fear began to melt squirrels strength strong gun sales suicide tell me about church temptations within together too many rules regulations trusted to make decisions uplifted urgent wave of relief we are forgiven wealthy elite western Kansas what do we have to offer them what is it that you believe wheat farmers why do they need to come to church working side by side worship zucchini crop]
  • Jun 26, 2016The Big Picture
    Jun 26, 2016
    The Big Picture
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    June 26, 2016. Sometimes we can miss the big picture if we're looking at the details. Today, Pastor Penny preaches on the story in Luke 9:53-62, in which Jesus is rejected by the people in a Samaritan village and the disciples ask whether they should destroy them. Jesus tells them they don't understand the spirit of what they're doing. They're missing the big picture. Today, Jesus is inviting us to go all in, helping him to do the work of the kingdom of God. *** [Keywords: Christ is with you Jesus Keith Lord's Prayer Luke 9:53-62 Noah Hornbeck Papua New Guinea Pastor Penny Holste Samaria Samaritan village Webster Groves retired police officer abandoned accepted us animal safety ask baptism bringing bury my father call down the fire of Heaven and destroy them came out came to save people not destroy them cartoon carved heart with their initials children comfortable and safe environment cultural expectation of men details disciples disheartening troubling response do it completely do the work don't count the cost elderly couple embrace those who create evil environment extension of kingdom of God father of gay man father's burial feeling what we feel felt scorn follow foster children heart leading here on earth homosexuality how can we say no human being incarnate introduction invitation to join Jesus in work inviting us to go all in killed him looking for something love and forgiveness love of God marched mentoring adults missing the big picture never heard message before nonprofits not a very friendly place for Jews peace and justice people permanent place to live political scene of day pride parade raised third day rebuked them rejected remote area seminary sent ahead to prepare lodging sexual orientation show support spirit of what they're doing spotty internet taking message out teaching trunk of large tree underprivileged up against the authorities want you beside me always white single woman willing to give up willing to take risks women not as important work we do together you don't understand spirt of what we're doing]
  • Jun 12, 2016The New Simon
    Jun 12, 2016
    The New Simon
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    June 12, 2016. Storyteller Roger Rose presents an ending to the Gospel story of Jesus being anointed by the sinful woman in the home of Simon, and Pastor Penny relates it to how we can be tempted to use the very advantages God has given us to shelter us from having to face sins of the heart. How nice it would be to feel the sense of forgiveness the woman in the story had. If Simon had been able to feel the same forgiveness, how might his life look different? *** [Keywords: Amos worked in orchard Bible scholars David humble shepherd Egyptian murderer God renounced right to punish us Gospel story Harry Potter Hunger Games James Bond Jesus being anointed Katniss Everdeen Moses Pastor Penny Holste Pharisee Princess Leia Roger Rose Spirit drawn us here today Star Wars The New Simon absolution admit our sins admit sins of the heart advantages alternate ending approval love of God authority of Temple in Jerusalem basket of food bling bowl of water bows of respect bread and wine community confession conversations country bumpkin crashed party decision has already been made defiled different life disapproval dramatist faith forgive means forth giving garb and tattoos go in peace head table host house humble status belie divine nature ice breaker if you could be any character in famous book or movie impudent upstart inferior inner city drive joy love contentment utter peace judgement kissed feet lawn landscaping crew learned scribe less visible sins of the heart lifestyle loose woman model citizen monied and educated motorcyclist no desire or power to punish ongoing problems only speak one language open doors party guests passion of woman priest prostitute receiving full impact of forgiveness reclining around low table reputation saggy jeans scandalized scorn sense of forgiveness sent by God shelter sit down by Jesus' feet smiling look of love and joy songs we sing speak English status storyteller temptation tempted touched sinful woman's elbow true peace unnamed woman voices that have judged contradicted scorned us walked through market warm climate washed feet with tears what would change look like wiped feet with hair words we hear workshop wrong about healer from Nazareth your sins are forgiven]
  • Jun 5, 2016Death or Life
    Jun 5, 2016
    Death or Life
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    June 5, 2016. Pastor Penny tells the story in Luke 7:11-16 of Jesus raising the widow's son at Nain. The crowd was terrified. They believed that death was their fate. Would we have been terrified too? God is not content for us to be ruled by fear. He sent Jesus so that we don't have to go through life accepting death as our fate. *** [Keywords: Abigail Garden of Eden God about life not death God interacted with people God sees us God sent Jesus Good Samaritan Gospel lesson Greek word for compassion Jesus will keep his promise Luke 7:11-16 Nain Nation of Israel Pastor Penny Holste Young man I tell you rise up above laws of nature accepting death after harvest beggar bier bloodied body of dead son bring light to whole world cemetary clearly moved clothes goods taken compassion confused could not help himself crazy crowd's response custom death or life defile himself depend on laws of nature destitute disciples don't cry earn living end of this life is not the end ends of the earth fate father of Prodigal Son fear of death feeling lost feelings come from stomach framework full of joy grandmother grasped in fear happy hard for us to believe in miracles have property hold job kissed his son know the depth of God's compassion life full of love life given back light of God's love live without death looked at her face my heart bled my heart hurt nearly dead next life out of control pain paralyzed platform rational belief reaction to widow reason he came and died robbed ruled by fear sat up and began speaking scared screaming and fainting silent person speaks to dead body story told by someone who was there stranger supernatural miracle terrified crowd the body moved there will be a place for us touched the bier unseemly to go running wave of illness wave of sickness we can believe it we would be afraid too who is that man widow's son women]
  • May 22, 2016God is Community
    May 22, 2016
    God is Community
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    May 22, 2016. On this Holy Trinity Sunday, Pastor Penny preaches on the history and doctrine of the Trinity, and how it is a blessing to understand God in this way. How do we relate to people who have a different understand of God than ours? We are invited to the table of God, and are part of the conversation. On Holy Trinity Sunday we celebrate that God is not alone, but rather that God is community. *** [Keywords: 1400s Adam and Eve Andrei Rublev Bible Christian Father Father and I are one God is community God is depending on us God is not alone God needs us Hindu faith Holy Spirit Holy Trinity Sunday Jesus was God Jesus' followers Jewish Louisa Nation of Israel Pentecost Russian artist Son TV series Doc Martin Ellingham Trinity painting advantages all faiths all one God already done perfectly amazing inclusive God amazing thing to imagine anything but peaceful apartment as faith communities we agree baptism beautiful biblical carefully or accurately celebrate circle is complete complicated confidently confusing description of God congregation conversation courage to preach created creator or builder cross death died and rose again different understanding of God difficult relationship disciples drawn to space eat whatever you want when you want everything nice and tidy excommunicated experience that Spirit factions fought about it falls in love first Christians forced upon us freedom of God friends give them power given to the Spirit good things about living alone guided by fear guiding us throughout our lives hard to relate to people healing people history doctrine Trinity how do we relate icon impossible to live together include people initiated conversation with Samaritan woman at well interfaith partnership invited killed each other life in community life of Jesus life of compassion list live out understanding love of God marriage counselor married messy or tidy as you want miracles mountaintop no social graces obedience one God three persons organizations ostracized our space at the table own house own schedule parents very cold and distant part of community pastor people were delight to God place at table made secure poor bedside manner prefer promise to love punished resurrection root of rancor run and hide school teacher send a spirit sense of awe and gratitude seven Ecumenical Councils shaped him for life shared words spiritual events table of God teaching thinking about living apart three different ways tradition tree unconditional love understanding God as community unique blessing unite to serve unpredictable victory we can control we differ where we fit wisdom word of God words that I say are not mine they are Fathers work together worship with wife and child wouldn't be saved]
  • May 15, 2016Modern Day Prophets
    May 15, 2016
    Modern Day Prophets
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    May 15, 2016. What does Pentecost mean? On the first Pentecost, the followers of Jesus asked Peter, who expanded on the words of the prophet Joel, and told them that they would be prophets themselves. We are modern day prophets. Emboldened, inspired, and ignited by the Holy Spirit, we too can share the importance of our faith. In Pastor Penny's message today, she talks about how we can see the hand of God at work in difficult times, and how we can convey our message of hope to people even when they aren't asking the question. *** [Keywords: Auschwitz Holy Spirit I'm willing Mac Man's Search for Meaning book Nazi prison camps Pastor Penny Holste Peter Troy Viktor Frankl ability to see achieve and they will prophesy are you okay avoiding going home back on track barbecue coach son's baseball team coffee comment under his breath concerns cosmopolitan crowds courage crowds of people discovery donuts shop downturn in economy early Christians emboldened even slaves everyday faith made life meaningful feelings felt good financial problems finding meaning in difficult times first Pentecost first grandchild born flooding down on us forgiven gift granddaughter saved my life hand of God help us what we're going through high school his old self how God is working to relieve our pain how to convey to people ideas ignited inspired interpretation invite to Lutheran church inviting jokes joy took some pain away leader lost clients meaning in our lives meetings modern day disciple modern day prophet mug on desk no meaning in life anymore not asking questions not enthusiastic not getting along office meetings one person at a time pamphlet parents love their children phenomenon pour out my spirit prayer precious to God predicted new era priests promise given us in baptism prophet Joel purpose pursuit of happiness or power question most religions tried to answer rabbis recognizing reluctant restaurant scribes scripture living vehicle selling something sit down with you small office some people survived speaking languages they had not been taught spirit of understanding stayed at work late tell the future tells people who don't already see it terrible circumstances tongues trouble try church turned back on his father uneducated followers of Jesus unprecedented democracy use me voices of support we are God's children we are alive we are important we are prophets what God is doing right now what does Pentecost mean what does life mean woman lost husband words in church words of hope words of the prophets workers world wrong wrong crowd]
  • Apr 17, 2016Hearing the Promise
    Apr 17, 2016
    Hearing the Promise
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    April 17, 2016. In her sermon today, Pastor Penny plays a clip from StoryCorps on NPR, an interview with Francois Clemmons about appearing as a police officer on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. In the interview, Clemmons recalls how meaningful Fred Rogers' offer of friendship was for him, once he was able to hear it. It can be hard for us to listen to difficult things. But this fear can also prevent us from hearing God's promise of love. *** [Keywords: Asher Francois Clemmons Fred Rogers GPS God favored people God's promise of love God's voice clearly Great Sanhedrin I am your good shepherd I have told you I might lose face I will protect you I've lost everything Jesus enemies Jesus supporters Jew MPS Middlebury Vermont Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Mr. Rogers NPR Officer Clemmons Pastor Penny Holste Pharisees Portico of Solomon StoryCorps Torah achieve afraid going to lose something afraid of being hurt are you the Messiah big decisions big pillars born brown skin bullied burning candle at both ends carrying burdens chamber cold winter air conquered death conscience date young woman dealing with destroying culture destroying their tradition device didn't listen died doctor's office dogs don't get lost down driving dry feet every day first African American actor follow me friend for life friends get rid of that man ghetto global positioning system gold embellished temple good for nothing good shepherd greatest thing I have guidance hangs up sweater hard time hard time listening have another child hear a voice heard me today icon important times in lives interview isolated job market joined the cast just the way you are listen to me lived long marble halls lose edge lose my position losing our edge love of child manuscript map marry man meaningful experiences memorizing every snippet of tradition might lose friendship money moral positioning system most precious possession I own no one not my sheep nothing opera singer ornate box plastic pool police officers policeman policemen positive influence power of fear purity laws putting myself in role rabbi rabble rouser racism real world neighborhood religious leaders rest my feet robe role in kids TV series rose for us rule on concerns scary scene sing in church slow snatch you out of my hands sneakers son or daughter speak up against injustice special day strained relationship synagogue school take that job talking to you for years taunting Jesus teacher of the law teaching people team temple touched me troublemaker from Galilee trust of coworkers water hoses we don't hear promises when we are afraid words of friendship work worst of our fears would we listen wouldn't listen]