9 A.M. Sundays March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 as we prepare for Easter, we let our hearts see dark and expect the light...
Wednesdays: Soup Supper, 5:30 p.m.with Conversation around "5 Glimplses of the Bible" -- how was it given written form? how did we receive it? how do read it? how does God's Word interact with us? how do we interact with God's word?
6:30 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer Lenten Worship "Now as evening falls around us...."
Trinity Lutheran Church, midway between Grand Marais and Grand Portage along Lake Superior's North Shore invites you to Worship;
Worship is central to who who we are and how we strive to live-out our mission in Christ; celebrating the power of God amoung us who creates, heals, forgives, inspires.
Pastor Kris Garey,
Director of Music Ministry and Assistant Pastor, Bill Beckstrand
218-475-2439; P O Box 188, Hovland, MN 55606; firstname.lastname@example.org
Little by little, the birds make their nests…” Principal Louis of our Haiti ministry partners at Bonne Nouvelle sadi this about their desire to rebuild their dearly loved church building (still with no walls or solid foundation from the Jan. 2010 earthquake). Our coalition with St. James Episcopal (Mpls) and other congregations applied for an Episcopal Diocese grants said by phone:
“The plan for us will not change..we still have hope for church…..Little by little the birds make the nest…”
He does not know that at Trinity gourds (from the collection of Pearl and Pr. Ham Muus who in prayer wood-burned each gourd with a hymn title) were given out to gather Lenten offerings for Bonne Nouvelle. Each gourd looks like a bird house, but is meant to be “a home” for coins and bills and checks, to be gathered at Easter for our partners in Haiti when they are ready for them.
If you wish to add to this "in-gathereing" from the Gourds, please send a check or click on the "Donate" icon above & enter "Haiti" on the "other" line.
5th Sunday of Lent, 2019 Preaching, Pastor Kris Garey
2nd Sunday of Lent, 2019 Readings and Psalm
- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 The covenant with Abram and his descendants
- Psalm 27 In the day of trouble, God will give me shelter.
- Philippians 3:17--4:1 Our citizenship is in heaven from where we expect a Savior
- Luke 13:31-35 Jesus said, “I have desired to gather Jerusalem as a hen gathers her brood”
On the way to Jerusalem
Jesus, as we might today say it, really goofed up….or so to others it would have seemed.
he made what would have been seen by others to be a tactical mistake—
Letting what he was doing for good
Be seen by those that wanted none of it
To penetrate their ruling power.
Jesus was walking toward Jerusalem, going through villages, towns, smaller cities,
And all the while of walking,
Jesus by healings and by making broken people whole and giving cast out people welcome
Was stating God’s gentleness…
And Jesus words and deeds meant he created foes…
that could hyena like hang around the edge and then with packs of others
create distrust, division,
the life of Jesus and the hope of people
those snarling hyena like empire opponents
thought and planned
Only to find
That Jesus could not be terrorized
God’s Holy Spirit could not be stilled, nor to silence willed.
God nor God’s priority could not be killed
For in Jesus
Love Abundant and
Sanctuary that Surpasses Threat
Home found not in building but in deepest heart
In deepest heart
God’s goodness is most surely known
And then our strengthened goodness comes to know
That when terror comes
When someone who would lives blast apart,
And revolution against goodness start
By turning up the heat on anger for it to outward break
to try and get the world violence to embrace
at just those times
Wanting to stir us, these ancient human patterns of violence and hatred
Jesus back then was being told
What we are often told
God cannot be that good
That he to human flesh would come
so that lame walk and mute talk
and deaf become ones who hear and blind become ones who see
none of this
can really be
for God cannot be that good…
said some then and some now too would prefer
a god who kindness does deplore
so that human acts of causing death can claim
to be some kind of ugly holy war
that is not God
not God’s way
for God would give to us and all
and show forth
the Loving Care of God
that far beyond one region or religion calls
saying these words are meant for all
dear people dear children
dear creatings of my heart
dear creation of my longing
dear ones whom I Your God with Love surround
sing a new song, break into new together sounds
and in midst of danger, anger, fear —show help, give calm
I the Creator
join not with emotions of hate nor weapons to kill
I the Creator
am not stuck with earthly thoughts of prominence
nor stuck with wicked so-human thoughts that
whisper whatever one in evil wants is willed by providence
OH>>>>>our Lord cries
Jerusalem Jerusalem, my city my city
People my people, my children my children
Be guided I ask
By words that I give
My brothers and sisters
Whom I love and long for
Stand firm in the Lord, beloved…
Wait for the Lord
Wait for the Lord
And in each
longing waiting time
Imitate Christ Jesus your Lord
Gather together as chicks neath mother hens wings
And do forth
The Goodness of God
The Caring of God
The drawing in of God
to whom all people are precious
And Nestling together within God’s breast
Find trust in God to guide
With gentle hand
Through all dark disheartening demeaning days
When life’s troubles and crosses come
God, it is
that we find there beside us, around us, with us, above us, beneath us
And so we ask God
Give us trust in the sanctuary of your unchanging love
Trust that unchains us from fear, from anger, unchains us even from distrust
So that in your Goodness We are rooted
And so that in Jesus, on your Rock, we stand,
that we in Christ
Build not on empires of our own
But on You,
Ah Holy Jesus
Ah holy Jesus
You cried Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
longing for us to give God’s mercy full reign
For human kind to set aside striving toward dominance
And see it replaced by
You Oh God, Holy Gentleness….
Gather gather us oh Jesus we pray
That we gather in worship and say
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord”
Whose name is goodness and mercy
Whose light shines in bright sunlit daylight and in deep darkest of night
Letting us see the future in thee o God
but everlastingly Forever and ever is and ever will be --
For we and all people, all creation, simply are thine…
So be it so be it. Amen and Amen.
Eyeglasses –I can’t remember what grade I was in when eyeglasses entered my life—maybe it was third grade.
My teacher, Mr. Klein, noticed that I wasn’t doing as well at I had at the beginning of the year. Thinking I just wasn’t paying attention, he moved me from the last row, way to the front. Ick. There I was, out of order, as classmates told me: your ast name “begins with an R, don’t you know our names all start with A and B. You don’t belong here.”
Bad enough—but then there re-figuring out who was distracting, who wanted to pass notes, who whispered funny stuff, who not so nice stuff, who picked on who, who acted up when the teacher was writing on the board. Worse, I couldn’t figure out why I was the only one moved. My folks thought maybe I’d misbehaved, or that I really wasn’t not paying attention. The other kids thought maybe I’d been caught cheating, or wasn’t doing homework.
But it was none of that—I just needed to see better. At some point that year Mr. Klein, because he could now see me bettere, noticed I was always squinting at the board, even from the front row.
Told I’d be getting glasses---knowing I’d be made fun of, and didn’t believe something sitting on my face would help me see, I dreaded the day.
Then came the day, and my Mom took me to get them. They felt so icky on my face. I was sure the clinic staff lied when telling me, “oh those look nice on you.” Walking to the car, I looked down the whole way, so no one would see my face with glasses. As we drove home along our familiar route, I finially looked out the window, and said with a loud voice, “hey Mom look –there are individual leaves on the trees, not just blobs of green, I’ve never seen them here before.” Of course, my mom started crying ..and even pulled over, telling me years later she’d felt terrible that no one had n oticed before that my vision was working right. But those first days I couldn’t stop noticing and exclaiming, “look over there, you can see that from here; look! I can see the the name of that street from here and know from this far away what it says.”
I’d been seeing before, knowing there were green leaves on trees, words on the blackboard, street signs with names, but I hadn’t been seeing what was there to be seen.
Today, however, isn’t about eyeglasses, its about being a Christian, a disciple of Christ, a learner in the classroom of Jesus, a follower who is looking out from within oneself and seeing differently.
Its about seeing not through eyeglasses, but through God and through faith in Christ.
Remember Namaan, the army commander for the King of Aram, conquorers of the Jewish people in ancient Israel. Namaan was certain he saw what he needed—but his vision of what he needed was off by miles. So when he saw his flesh restored from disease, he found himself saying, “Now I know there is no God in all the earth except the God of Israel…” quite a statement for someone from Aram where multiple gods were worshipped, and having only God would make you suspect of bringing problems for the community. But Namaan now saw differently.
Remember Paul, the apostle? He himself had not seen Jesus in the flesh, was blinded, then given sight again and saw life and all time and God differently—so that when he was a chained prisoner Paul saw this: the word of God is never chained, never prevented from being effective. He’d been given a new way to see not only leaves on trees, but God and the world and all others.
Remember the one leper, whose disease meant separation from all except others with visible diseases of the flesh? As he went on his way, he looked down, and seeing himself changed, healed from had made him isolated, he saw life made new, saw differently, and saw Jesus as the source of being wholly alive, and now, saw existence wholly differently, and turned back to fall at the feet of Jesus.
Seeing differently, is given to us, dear friends, as well. Faith in Christ is not to simply make us feel good, it is to help us see in ways that aren’t like what we’d come to our own.
It means letting God putting new eyeglasses on us, even if the world thinks they make us look weird, or act or speak in ways that are not the norm for society, or even make us different than we’ve usually been.
Looking back, we can see ancient writings of faith that caution us to n ot stay stuck in our own ways of thinking and seeing, noting how we like to see things as we are, not as God is. Seeing as we’d rather be, than being as God would see us be. And Origen of Alexandria who was a Christian in the first century after Christ, a time of great persecution for followers of Jesus, said “holiness is seeing with the eyes of Christ.” Modern writer Robert Barron says it this way: Christianity is, above all, a way of seeing. Everything else in Christian life flows from and circles around the transformation of our vision.”
So we who claim Christ as the ground beneath our feet and the one at whose feet we kneel will, maybe with a sigh of reluctance, put on the lenses that change how we see …and be willing to ask Jesus to heal us from only seeing only as we like to see. And in Jesus, who transforms our vision, we w ill see new ways of seeing, and prayer, worship, action, way of being in the world, and we will look down and see! We too are made whole, and then may not recognize ourselves!
So there were 10 lepers.
Crying out to Jesus for mercy.
And Jesus said in a sort of short hand at the time, “you’re in the process of being made whole, go and show yourself to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.
But one, SEEING that he was healed, turned back to Jesus, praising God with a loud voice.
You see, “Christianity is, above all, a way of seeing.” That’s how my friend Pastor Brian Stoffregren puts it. “Everything else in our Christian life flows from and circles around the transformation God in Christ makes in our way of seeing….and so we see differently, and are seen differently. For our lives, in Christ, flow not from our own decidings, but from Jesus of Nazareth, who gives us a new vision of what God is up to, in all of creation.
And others, even when we don’t know it is happening,
begin to see us, and then begin to see,
even when they don’t know it,
Jesus, who has mercy and wholeness for all.
Thanks be to God.
Pastor Kris Garey