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Life is complicated; handle with compassion.

“Life’s complicated:  handle with compassion”

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Live the "Amen"

Be careful of simple words said often. “Amen”, makes demands, like an unrelenting schoolmaster: Fierce attention to all that is said; No apathy, no preoccupation, no prejudice permitted. “Amen”:  We are present. We are open. We hearken.

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Upbeat music for Lent?

When it comes to Lenten music it seems like the appropriate songs should be somber and quiet but the following one from Casting Crowns touches my soul during this time of year. It evokes the change in perspective that should come with the start of Lent. Ash Wednesday’s “remember that you are dust” message speaks to the brevity and impermanence of life, and the weight one's relationship with God carries in comparison. “Who Am I” balances those concepts so perfectly:

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What is Lent?

Has anyone ever asked you this question? Can you answer it? There are many seasons, services, scriptures, stories in our church that are often misunderstood, or maybe just not understood enough to be able to answer questions posed by another. We often assume that our message is clear but we should not take for granted that everyone possesses the same amount of knowledge regarding the Lutheran faith or even the Bible.

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Blessed?

One of our scriptures this past Sunday was the Beatitudes.

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What is Advent?

The Church divides the year into different seasons that emphasize the life of Christ and the life of the Church. Beginning on Sunday November 27th, 2016, we will enter the season of the Church year called Advent. Advent is the season of preparation and anticipation leading up to Christmas, on December 25th, 2016 and continuing to Epiphany January 6th, 2017.

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Our Calling...

Passing on our faith to the next generation is one of our highest callings. This is made very clear in several psalms, including Psalms 102 and 145, and especially Psalm 78. Unfortunately, we Christians haven’t always done this well. Growing up at St. Mark’s, I realize that many children that grew up in our own church put their relationship with God on the back burner when they entered adulthood. What we’ve experienced in our congregation is common throughout the Church today though some...

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"F.R.O.G. Kids"

 

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Getting Our Feet Wet

Pastoral Musings…  

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Why Attend Church?

WHY ATTEND CHURCH?  

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