September Calendar

For those of you who like to plan ahead, please click on the green tab in the upper right corner of the blog,  titled “Calendar,” to view / print the pdf.  All the best to you who return to school and activities.  See you in worship!

Gospel Shoes?

 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 

-Ephesians 6:15 [full reading here]

High-tops.  Patent leather pumps.  Hiking boots.  Clogs.  Flip-flops.  Steel-toed work shoes.  Ballet slippers.

Thinking about your favorite shoes for a moment, they likely reveal your personality, your daily work, or your station in life.  The student wears sneakers.  The attorney, heels.  The rancher, cowboy boots.  The construction worker, steel-toes.  How might your personality, your individuality, your way of life, be an asset as you proclaim the Gospel of peace?

When you put on your shoes tomorrow, say quietly to yourself, “I am ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.”  And then, empowered by God’s spirit, go and do it!  Amen.

More Than Metaphor

Use of metaphor in Biblical writing is extensive, however in certain cases I will argue for an understanding that goes beyond what literary use of metaphor can offer, especially when Jesus’ offers promises and makes claims about consuming his body and blood. It becomes a spiritual understanding that moves far beyond the window dressing or quaint comparison of metaphor use. When Jesus says, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven,” he has moved beyond the metaphor of “living bread” he used as he multiplied the loaves by the Sea of Galilee. It is here in John 6:51-58 that this bread is no longer a bread that Jesus gives, for it has become a bread of heaven that Jesus is. I don’t think we have a proper literary use of words to explain this spiritual sense of God with and in us. Can we accept this for what it simply is? Jesus IS living bread and Jesus IN & WITH us?
When you enjoy your meals this week, will you ponder this living bread for what it is?

Courtyard Progress

Tonight the courtyard is getting trenched for drainage.  I estimate the trenches to be about 3-3 1/2 feet deep.  (But since I didn’t have a hard hat, I took the photos from inside the building.  My apologies for the glare.)

looking out from narthex toward the southwest

looking out from Luther Room hallway toward the southeast

Barbeque

I don’t know about you, but barbeque is one of my favorite dinners. Whatever it is–pork, chicken, or beef–I can’t wait to dig in.

An image from Mike’s Smokehouse, Eau Claire, WI. Where my love of BBQ began!

When the Israelites were longing for the fleshpots of Egypt, they were thinking of a food similar to our modern barbeque.  It’s tasty, it’s filling, and it’s a social event.  Who wouldn’t think about that deliciousness, especially when there is little to eat?  But for the Israelites, the fleshpots did not come without a price, and the price was their enslavement.

The story we read this Sunday from Exodus showed just how desperate the people were at this point in their journey.  They would rather go back to certainty (and regular meals) than move through the wilderness time.  For with their freedom, they learned, came problems, decisions, and struggles.

What God decides to do as a result of their longing and complaining is one of the true wonders of the Bible.  Read the story, and then join us in worship to hear more.  (We’re not serving barbeque on Sunday, but we pray you depart nourished in another sense!)

Sustaining God, may our blessings be many and our needs be few.  Amen.