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]
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  • Jun 26, 2016The Big Picture
    Jun 26, 2016
    The Big Picture
    Series: (All)
    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 19, 2016Rosebud
    Jun 19, 2016
    Rosebud
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    June 19, 2016. Pastor Keith relates the gospel story, of Jesus' encounter with a man possessed by demons on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, to the recent trip to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The annual trip to the reservation over many years has fostered a building up of love and care with the people there, and something tangible has been accomplished, sharing the hope and healing that Jesus provides with the Lakota Sioux people. *** [Keywords: 1890 American taste Christians Emmanuel Episcopal Gentiles Gerasenes Gospel of Luke Habitat for Humanity Jesus Jewish territory Keith Lissant Lakota Sioux people Lutheran MODOT Missouri Mount Rushmore Orlando attack Pastor Keith Holste Rosebud Indian Reservation Sea of Galilee South Dakota Sylvia Rogers Trade Winds Cooperative United States soldiers White Buffalo Calf Women's Center Wounded Knee abuse and misuse of women acceptance act and speak in the name of Jesus annual trip backstop be honest with faith beautiful land bring the Gospel to all nations broken families buffalo built in little ways calms storm cemetary children church attendance circumstances communities can be tagged consistency and reliability conversation cribs to king sized beds culture dads be good example use seatbelt depression difficulties disciples dugouts eastern Nebraska economic emissaries emissary escapes through abuse etsy exorcised express energy factory and showroom faith starts as taught and observed at home fathers lead by example find balance between people and working with hands flooding follow Jesus follow your own callings forced to live in shadows fostered building up of love and care friendship go to where the others are great storm hard situation should be encountered hardware store hopelessness incoming whites intentional trip intolerance joys and sorrows lake lands diminished live among the tombs many demons mass shootings meditate missionaries new person no matter how different northern Kansas parts for project personal peace in midst of chaos personal space planting and painting policy possessed by demons poverty and addiction practice and scrimmage proud and cohesive quality of life and health refuge repair baseball field repressed anger reroute resistance rids him of demons rough waters same place each year sandy soil not good for crops scheduled conversations secondary areas shared space sharing hope and healing shelter small business makes quilts small peace garden something tangible sorrow spending time sports stay home and working within the community storms wherever you go substances teen suicides terrible storm to be avoided transformed uncomfortable violence west side east side of sea wholeness and forgiveness work work of our Lord]
  • 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 29, 2016Jesus is For All
    May 29, 2016
    Jesus is For All
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    May 29, 2016. Pastor Keith preaches on the story of the Roman centurion in whom Jesus found faith even when the Jews had been rejecting him because he forgave sins in the name of God, and healed people even on the Sabbath. But we know Jesus is for all. He brings the kind of world where nations can be seen as one, where all are equal in the eyes of God, and where the spirit can work in all kinds of ways to bring healing to the whole world. *** [Keywords: Acts Americans Capernaum Christ Christians are not to be feared Cyrus Elisha God Sightings God through and in all people God uses all people God's agent Gospel writer Luke Israelites captivity in Bablylon Japanese man at Hiroshima Jesus Jesus is for all Jew nor Greek Jewish slave girl Jews Jews against him Jews can be okay Judaism Matthew Memorial Day weekend Messian in midst already North Israel Not even with the Jews have I found such faith as with this man Original Sin Partnership for a Missional Church Pastor Keith Holste Paul President Obama Roman center Roman centurion Sabbath Sea of Galilee Sermon on the Mount Syrian general Naaman able to be whole able to recognize grace accepting belief accepting of others act out of kindness affection all are equal and one in eyes of God another centurion army ascended to Heaven bomb city book knowledge both Jews and Romans called by God caravans ceremony city with regional center coming to fruition compassion on slave connections with other people crippled devout Jews distance divisions are melting don't come to my house dying on cross economic benefit endears people to him equal on same level examine faith believe properly faith of Roman soldier faith of the Roman centurion fishing village foot of cross foreign leaders foreigner had faith forgive enemy forgiveness gender color ethnic language backgrounds gentler approach great faith heal from wherever you are healed many people healing to world held dear by God help those who have been hurt helping his slave get well hierarchy historian how much God has done for us in charge of peace instead of rejoicing instruments of God keep the rules kindness rather than force law was broken lay on hands live law perfectly love your enemies lowered man through roof magnanimous main characters male nor female messages sent between messed up the law ministry miracle nationality new leader Jesus no account for Jesus no doubt not worthy of ourselves notified families occupation force only God can forgive sins orders of difference gone outlying area paralyzed hand people furious phone it in places in society police in charge postpone coming Messiah prisoners of war killed prohpets prompting collective religious memory of community raised from dead reach out to others reaches out to all ready to forgive receive health bring healing reception in nearby cities recite creed remote healing restored in relationship with God and one another selfish on our own sin was erased sins are forgiven slave is ill slave nor free soldier someone who appreciates healing spirit works in all kinds of ways swords and spears synagogue tax collector theology tough guy approach trade route to Far East truly this was a good man wants slave to be healed wash in river we can be closed to way God is working in world]
  • 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]
  • May 8, 2016The Foundation of Faith
    May 8, 2016
    The Foundation of Faith
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    May 8, 2016. How do we pass on the faith to our children? On this Ascension Sunday and Mothers Day, Pastor Keith reflects on how, just as the early church was based in Jerusalem before it went out into the world, our children's faith begins at home. Discussions around the dinner table, friends from church who share common experiences, church music, and Sunday School teachers are all important factors in children's learning the basics of living out the faith, demonstrating to children in concrete ways the love of God. *** [Keywords: 20 year plus pin Acts Ascension Day Christian education God in conversation God's gift God's love Jesus Loves Me Jesus as friend Judea Mothers Day Pastor Keith Holste Samaria Saturday night Sunday School teacher Sunday morning This Little Light of Mine active adults affirmed any time or place in life ascended aunts baptismal sponsors basics of living out the faith began in Jerusalem believing brothers and sisters care for each other childhood days children of Jesus children's music children's songs church friends church participation college commitment common experiences community building community of caring Christians concrete way congregation context craft project or activity demonstrating development of faith devotionals dinner table disciples discipline discussions early church begins at home efforts elders factors faith begins at home faithfulness families firm love forgiving formation of faith foundational family life funeral service good times goodness of faith grandparents growing up hang out together hard work healing heavens home base home makers hug important work imprint on our minds interplay invisible it takes a village knowing child life events moms and dads motherhood mothers and fathers music of the faith musicians nursery class out into the world parenting parents part of our mindset pedigree piano player play activities praying at meals quality of faith raise the child recognized reinforces relational resistance resurrection routine school singing sports strong base sympathetic talent taught as child teach tell the story tender thankful they are loved touch two uncles died we need each other week to week western Kansas who taught who whole world word and meal workers worshipping community young children young or old]
  • May 1, 2016Promise of Peace
    May 1, 2016
    Promise of Peace
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    May 1, 2016. Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr preaches on Jesus' words from John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." (RSV) Where does peace come from? Sometimes we find peace, but it doesn't last. Sometimes it seems that our prayers are not heard, that Jesus has left the room and we're on our own. Or is it that we don't really believe promises that may be difficult to receive? *** [Keywords: 286 years of peace 3600 BC 8000 treaties signed God isn't listening God's people Gospel Holy Spirit Jesus has left the room Jesus is troubled John 14:27 Tom Schoenherr against women anxious better story body and blood bread and wine care for others in world choking back emotion comes from Christ comes from outside of us consecrated Lord's Supper continued violence continues crucifixion cry out into emptiness deeper difficult to receive disappointed disturbed does not end does not last doesn't seem to be responding draw us to table economically empowers end of conflicts end of war feel passed by force forgiveness future given to us from Christ guarantee peace guest pastor gun violence hope within us illnesses in our lifetime inviting us into that peace left the house left to ourselves let not your hearts be troubled life lives in us lost loved ones love one another as I have loved you miss dearly my peace I give to you neither let them be afraid new commandment no peace not as the world gives do I give to you not lasting on our own orphaned over 5600 years pain peacemaking peave I leave with you people of peace and hope in a broken world person of peace power prayers go out into air preparing disciples presidential politics primary season promise of peace put into our hearts and minds questioning racially rapidly changing world really don't believe Jesus' promise receive from someone else receive that confidence recorded history renews our lives resurrection return to Father sends us out sense of calm in midst of storm sense of well being separated and divided shared that presence sharer of that peace society sound of silence spiritually stirred up strengthened struggling sure Jesus easy for you to say too high expectations unsettled upper room very sad vision washed their feet we are sent welcomes us to table welling up with tears wondering about the world]
  • 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]