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Sermon Archive


2017


June 18, 2017
Third Sunday after Pentecost
       

Read: Occupying the Overlap (PDF Download)

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June 11, 2017
The Holy Trinity | Second Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor John Schwehn
       

Read: Water is Life (PDF Download)

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June 4, 2017
Day of Pentecost
       
On this Day of Pentecost, Pastor Peter explores how the power of the Holy Spirit works in our midst to unite us as one body; one team.

Read: Spirit of the Game (PDF Download)

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May 28, 2017
Seventh Sunday of Easter
       
Pastor John preaches on the last Sunday of our Easter Season exploring two scenes from scripture when Jesus and his disciples are praying.

Read:Listen, Jesus is Praying for Us (PDF Download)

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May 14, 2017
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Pastor Kathryn Tiede, Guest Preacher
 
       
Pastor Kathryn Tiede currently serves as the Director for Congregational Relations for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and shares stories of the ministry made possible by LSS's partnership with Christ the King.

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May 7, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Chelsey Crary, Guest Preacher
       
Former Young Adult in Global Missions (YAGM) volunteer, Chelsey Crary, shares about her work and the stories of Palestinian Christians she lived with while volunteering with her husband Nate (CtK Staff) for one year in a small village located down the hill from Bethlehem in the West Bank called Beit Sahour.

Read: The Voice of the Shepherd (PDF Download)

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April 30, 2017
Third Sunday of Easter
Pastor Medson Chengula, Guest Preacher
Sermon starts at 4:37

On this Global Mission Sunday, we celebrate our partnerships with Tanzania and welcome Pastor Medson Chengula from the Nduli parish in Iringa as our guest preacher. Pastor Medson says that, "In our loves, we aren't supposed to walk alone. We are supposed to walk together. Through walking together, we may show love...Through walking together, we can see the presence of of Jesus."


April 23, 2017
Second Sunday of Easter
Pastor Martha Schwehn Bardwell, Guest Preacher

On this special Baptism Sunday, we were joined by Pastor Martha Bardwell of Our Saviour's in Minneapolis who walks us through the story of Doubting Thomas and of the wounds we carry. She asks, "Where are the wounded places in you, that seem untouchable? And—where are the wounded places in our world, that seem untouchable? That seem beyond peace, beyond forgiveness?"


Read: The Victory Dance of Easter (PDF)

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April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday

Sermon starts at 1:35

The best stories we want to hear and tell over and over again. And, Easter has the best story of them all.

Read: Tell it again! (PDF)

April 13, 2017
Maundy Thursday

What's up with washing feet? Revolting or revolutionary? Pastor John explores the curious rituals of the Last Supper his Maundy Thursday sermon.

Read: What is it about feet? (PDF) 

April 9, 2017
Palm/Passion Sunday | Sixth Sunday in Lent
Readers' Theater Ensemble

Video coming soon!


April 2, 2017
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sermon starts at 5:00. 

"The God we follow is a God of resurrection and new life. And God’s work of raising the dead and bringing new life is unfinished." Resurrection becomes redefined through the story of Jesus calling his friend Lazarus out of the tomb and into new life. Sermon starts at 5:00.
Texts: Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-45

March 26, 2017
Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sermon starts at 4:30.

Jesus heals a man born blind and through this miracle, we learn how God is truly revealed among us.
This Sunday's Texts: Ephesians 5:8-14 and John 9:1-41

March 19, 2017
Third Sunday in Lent
Where has Jesus met you? What must you leave behind in order to be transformed? Pastor John asks big questions of faith as we dig into the story of Jesus with the woman at the well.
This Sunday's texts: John 4:5-42.

Read: What must you leave behind? (PDF)

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March 12, 2017
Second Sunday in Lent
“For God so loved the world…for God so loves you. All of you! All of us! And I hope that, like Nicodemus, we might find a freedom in knowing this. That we respond to this life-changing, world-shaking truth not by obnoxiously waving it around... but that we respond to this freedom by risking something of ourselves. ”

Sermon starts 2:06. This Sunday's Texts: Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17.

Read: "Under the Cover of Darkness" (PDF)

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March 5, 2017
First Sunday in Lent
Sermon starts at 1:27
"Our temptations may be unfinished, but we walk with the one who overcame them all.”


March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday
Sermon starts at 2:15
"Though we are mortal, though we will fail and hurt and grieve, though our own dusty bodies fail us and limit us, we are nonetheless called to be a blessing to this earth and to each other."


Feb. 19, 2017
Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon starts at 1:33
Read: "Loving enemies" (PDF)

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Feb. 12, 2017
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Sermon starts at 2:50

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Feb. 5, 2017
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Sermon starts at 1:43
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Jan. 29, 2017
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Using the words for Jesus's first public address, Pastor John reflects on how we see those society calls the alien, the stranger, the other.
This Sunday's texts: Micah 6:8, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12.
Read:
"Who is called blessed?" (PDF)

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Jan. 22, 2017
Third Sunday after Epiphany
What does Jesus mean when he asks us to be fishers of people? Christ the King/Cristo Rey Mission Developer Ana Becerra draws from her childhood memories of living in the oceanside town of Puerto Vallarta as she explores how Jesus calls us to be disciples.
This Sunday's Texts: Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23.

¿Qué significan las palabras de Jesús cuando nos pide ser pescadores de gente? La desarrolladora de misiones Christ the King / Cristo Rey Ana Becerra habla sobre sus recuerdos de vivir en la ciudad oceánica de Puerto Vallarta mientras explora cómo Jesús nos llama a ser discípulos.
Los Textos de este domingo: Isaías 9: 1-4, Mateo 4: 12-23.

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Jan. 15, 2017
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Jan. 8, 2017
Baptism Sunday

Read: "Empowered" (PDF)
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Jan. 1, 2017
The Name of Jesus


2016


Dec. 18, 2016
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Guest Preacher Pastor Amy Orstad, 8:30 a.m.

Dec. 11, 2016
Third Sunday of Advent
 
Dec. 4, 2016
Second Sunday of Advent
Nov. 27, 2016
First Sunday of Advent

Read:
Are you ready? (PDF)

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Nov. 20, 2016
Local Mission Sunday | Christ the King Sunday
On this Local Mission Partner Sunday, Pastor Peter highlights that, "our biblical witness holds up the special place of the immigrant, the foreigner, the alien with and among the people of God."
Sermon begins at 1:40. This Sunday's texts: Luke 23:33-43.


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Nov. 13, 2016
Pledge Sunday

Read: Testify (PDF)

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Nov. 6, 2016
All Saints Sunday

Read: Cloud of Witnesses (PDF)

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Oct. 30, 2016
Confirmation/Reformation Sunday

Read: "We are free!" (PDF)

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Oct. 23, 2016 Liberian Partners Sunday
Pastor Peter Hanson

Read:
Practicing the Faith (PDF)

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Oct. 16, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: Pray always. Do not lose heart. (PDF)
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Oct. 9, 2016
Guest Preacher: Pastor Gabi Aelabouni from the ELCA Fund for Leaders
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Oct. 2, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: How Much Faith Is Enough? (PDF)
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September

Sept. 25, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: How to Bridge the Compassion Chasm (PDF)
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Sept. 11, 2016 | Rally Day
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: Lost Then Found(PDF)
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Sept. 4, 2016 | CtK Prays
No sermon—Special prayer service.

August

Aug. 28, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Careful where you sit! (PDF)
Listen: Audio coming soon!

Aug. 21, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
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Aug. 14, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Fire (and the graveyard of low expectations) (PDF)
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Aug. 7, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: Toiling under the Sun (PDF)
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July

July 31, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: Fear and Faith (PDF)
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July 24, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: Coming soon!
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July 17, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Called to be both Mary and Martha
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July 10, 2016
Pastor Margaret Kelly, Shobi's Table
Read: The Good Samaritan as told on Payne Ave
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July 3, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: You need nothing. 
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June 

June 26, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Text coming soon!
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June 19, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Demons. (PDF)
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June 12, 2016
Nick Clark
Read: Who Am I? (PDF)
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June 5, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: The Root of Compassion (PDF)
Listen: Audio coming soon!

May 

May 29, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Worthy (PDF)
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May 15, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: What does this mean? (PDF)
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May 8, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Here to stay (PDF)
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May 1, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: Called to serve (PDF)
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April 

April 24, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Formed in love (PDF)
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April 17, 2016
Pastor John Schwehn
Read: Hear my voice, and follow me.  (PDF)
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April 10, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: God is on a mission! (PDF)


April 3, 2016
Pastor Deborah Birkeland
Read: Look to him and be radiant! (PDF)



March

March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Christ is Risen, Indeed! (PDF)


March 24, 2016 Maundy Thursday
Pastor Peter "Pete" Christ
Read: Maundy Thursday sermon (PDF)

March 20, 2016 
Palm Sunday
Pastor Peter "Pete" Christ 
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Passion Sunday
Listen to the Reader's Theatre of Luke 22 and 23:


March 13, 2016
Pastor Peter "Pete" Christ
Read: Death stinks (PDF)
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March 6, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Lost and Found(PDF)
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February

Feb. 28, 2016
CtK Youth present the 2016 Youth Musical, "Like"
DVDs of the performance are available in the CtK library. 
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Feb. 21, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Jesus, the Mother Hen (PDF)

Feb. 14, 2016
Pastor Peter "Pete" Christ in collaboration with Christine Fifield, Communications Coordinator
Read: A skeptic's take on scripture (PDF)
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Feb. 7, 2016
Pastor Deb Birkeland
Read: Transfiguration (PDF)
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January

Jan. 31, 2016
Pastor Pete Christ
Read: A Dangerous Sermon (PDF)
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Jan. 24, 2016
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: What? So what? Now what? (PDF)
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Jan. 17, 2016 Local Mission Partner Sunday
Pastor Kelly Chatman, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
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*Audio includes reading (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) in Spanish. 

Jan. 10, 2016 
Pastor Peter "Pete" Christ
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Jan. 3, 2016 
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: What? So what? Now what? (PDF)
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2015


December

Dec. 25, 2015 Christmas Day
Pastor Peter "Pete" Christ
Read: Christmas Day Sermon (PDF)
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Dec. 24, 2015 Christmas Eve
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Don't be afraid. (PDF)
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Dec. 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Pastor Deb Birkeland
Read: The Light Shapes (PDF)
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Dec. 13, 2015 Third Sunday in Advent
Sunday School Children lead worship with Christmas Pageant
Video available in the CtK Library

Dec. 6, 2015 Second Sunday in Advent
Pastor Peter "Pete" Christ
Read: The Light Shows (PDF)
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November

Nov. 29, 2015 First Sunday in Advent
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: How the Light Gets In (PDF)
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Nov. 22, 2015
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Acts of Truth (PDF)
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Nov. 15, 2015
Pastor Peter "Pete" Christ
Read: Acts of Trust (PDF)
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Nov. 8, 2015 Commitment Sunday
Pastor Peter Hanson
Read: Acts of Giving: All to God (PDF)
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Nov. 1, 2015
Confirmation Sunday, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Special guest: Agape*
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Steve Fischer, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Address to Confirmands
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Watch: We lifted up stories of the impact CtK’s ministry has on our lives as individuals, as families, as a congregation, and within our larger community. 


All Saints Sunday, 5:00 p.m
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Pastor Deb Birkeland
Read the sermon (PDF)
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October

Oct. 25, 2015 Reformation Sunday
Pastor Deb Birkeland
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Acts of Freedom: In Christ, I Am Free! (PDF)
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Oct. 18, 2015
Pastor Pete Christ
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Oct. 11, 2015
Pastor Peter Hanson
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Acts of Courage: Mission Possible (PDF)
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Oct. 4, 2015
Pastor Peter Hanson
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Acts of Welcome (PDF)
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September


Sept. 27, 2015  Amen. Let it be so. (PDF) Pastor Hannah Bartos 
Sept. 20, 2015
Cleaning the Lens (PDF)  Pastor Peter Hanson 
Sept. 13, 2015
Rally Day
God’s Love on the Loose, the Gospel According to Dr. Seuss (PDF)  Pastor Hannah Bartos
Sept. 6, 2015 Hashtag: Faith in Action (PDF)  Pastor Peter Hanson 

August


Aug. 30, 2015  Mirror, Mirror (PDF) Pastor Hannah Bartos 
Aug. 23, 2015  "Lord, to whom shall we go?" (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 
Aug. 16, 2015
 Not Knowledge to Grasp, but Relationship Embraced (PDF) Pastor Deb Birkeland 
Aug. 9, 2015  Jesus, Bread of Life. Take and Eat. (PDF) Pastor Hannah Bartos
Aug. 2, 2015 Abundant Manna for All (PDF)  Pastor Peter Hanson 

July


July 26, 2015 "When They Were Satisfied" (PDF)  Pastor Joel Vander Wal, guest preacher 
July 19, 2015
The Lord is my shepherd. (PDF)  Pastor Hannah Bartos 
July 12, 2015
CtK Builds Sunday
  Reflections from ASP trip participants 
July 5, 2015 When We Are Weak, God Is Strong (PDF)  Pastor Deb Birkeland 

June


June  28, 2015 Interruptions (PDF)  Pastor Peter Hanson 
June 21, 2015
 Do you not care that we are perishing? (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 
June 14, 2015  The Kingdom of God is like...(PDF) Pastor Hannah Bartos 
June 7, 2015  Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 

May


May 31, 2015
Music Sunday
No sermon  
May 24, 2015
  Dr. Mark and Linda Jacobson, CtK missionaries
May 17, 2015
That We Might Be One (PDF)  Pastor Deb Birkeland
May 10, 2015
Creation Care Sunday
Come On Branches. We Can Do It! (PDF)  Sheryl Bousu,
Director of Children and Family Ministry 
May 3, 2015
Confirmation Sunday
 Walking Wet (PDF) Pastor Hannah Johnson 

April


April 26, 2015  “I Know My Own, My Own Know Me" (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 
April 19, 2015
Global Mission Sunday
  Pastor Peter Harrits, guest preacher 
April 12, 2015
Holy Humor Sunday
All God's Creatures (PDF)  Pastor Hannah Johnson 
April 5, 2015
Easter Sunday
This is not the end of the story! (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 

March


March 29, 2015
Palm Sunday
Ready or Not! Jesus is coming (PDF)  Pastor Hannah Johnson 
March 22, 2015  The Hour Has Come (PDF) Pastor Deb Birkeland 
March 15, 2015 Darkness and Light (PDF)  Pastor Peter Hanson 
March 8, 2015 Where do you find God? (PDF)  Pastor Hannah Johnson 
March 1, 2015  Get Behind Me, Satan! (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 


February


Feb. 22 2015  No Sermon--Youth Musical Sunday!  
Feb. 18, 2015 
Ash Wednesday
Dare You To Move (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson
Feb. 15, 2015  You Can't Unsee This (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 
Feb. 8, 2015  Only God Can Heal (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 
Feb. 1, 2015  Fact or Fiction (PDF) Pastor Hannah Johnson 

January


Jan. 25, 2015 Follow-ship (PDF)  Pastor Peter Hanson 
Jan. 18, 2015   Guest preacher, Bishop Patricia Lull 
Jan. 11, 2015  Let It Shine (PDF) Pastor Hannah Johnson 
Jan. 4, 2015  What's In A Name? (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 


2014


December
Dec. 24, 2014    
Dec. 21, 2014 A Home Within My Heart (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson 
Dec. 14, 2014    
Dec. 7, 2014 What Shall I Cry? (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson

November

Nov. 30, 2014 Keep Awake! (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson
Nov. 23, 2014   Pastor Jacqueline Belzer
Nov. 16, 2014 Faith is Risky Business (PDF) Pastor Hannah Johnson
Nov. 9, 2014 Are we ready? (PDF)  Pastor Peter Hanson
Nov. 2, 2014
All Saints Sunday
  Pastor Hannah Johnson


October

Oct. 5, 2014  Into a world of ungrace, grace comes. (PDF) Pastor Deb Birkeland
Oct. 12, 2014 Celebrate good times, come on! (PDF)  Pastor Hannah Johnson
Oct. 19, 2014  Whose image is on you? Whose name? Pastor Peter Hanson
Oct. 26, 2014
Reformation Sunday
Poorly Remembered Nostalgia  Pastor Peter Hanson 


September

Sept. 7, 2014 Woven Together (PDF) Pastor Hannah Johnson
Sept.14, 2014 Woven out of nothing by God (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson
Sept. 21, 2014  A tapestry of love (PDF) Pastor Peter Hanson
Sept. 28, 2014 In touch with everything there is to know of God (PDF)  Pastor Peter Hanson