Sermon Matthew 2:1-12; Epiphany – January 6th, 2019

There is one word I just learned about a couple of days ago, and I decided that this will be my motto for 2019: coddiwomple. And I kid you not, this word actually exists. Has anyone here ever coddiwompled? I have. And I have a hunch, you have too. But what does ‘coddiwomple’ mean? ‘Coddiwomple’ […]

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Sermon Luke 2: 8-20; Christmas Day – December 25th, 2018

  The first congregation I served as a pastor was a small Lutheran church down in San Jose. Right around the corner from my congregation was one of those mega churches, a church that probably drew hundreds of worshipers on any given Sunday. Everything about this church was BIG. I remember driving by this big […]

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Sermon Luke 1: 39-55; 4th Advent – December 23rd, 2018

Mary’s Voice (Sings Marty Haugen’s ‘Magnificat’) This is my song. This is my voice. I am Mary. The mother of Jesus, the mother of God. A mother figure to many who were – and are – overwhelmed by a threefold all-male God. From early on, I was venerated by the church, put on a pedestal. […]

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Advent Devotion 2018: Peace, Joy, and Love – Week 3: Love

  ‘What is love, anyway?’ Howard Jones, ‘What is love?’ ‘Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only […]

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Sermon Luke 3, 7-18; 3rd Advent – December 16th, 2018

  Did today’s lessons leave you a little confused? Did it maybe sound a little schizophrenic to you? First, we heard from the Old Testament book of the prophet Zephaniah, ‘Sing aloud, Daughter Zion; shout, o Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, o daughter Jerusalem! God is in your midst!’ Rejoice! In today’s […]

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Sermon Luke 3:1-6; 2nd Sunday in Advent – December 9th, 2018

  The first few lines of today’s gospel may sound boring to us. ‘In the fifteenth year of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of […]

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Sermon Mark 10:35-45; 22nd Pentecost – October 21, 2018

  We are living in quite amazing times.  Technology has gotten us to the point where we don’t have to leave the comfort of our home in order to connect with others, or to explore the world.  Social networking often happens over the computer screen; the best seats in the house when watching sports these […]

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Sermon Mark 10:17-31; 21st Pentecost – October 14, 2018

  “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Countless people all over the world and of many different religions have wrestled with this question. The premise is that there must be a heaven, an afterlife, eternal life, something that we can look forward to as we live our lives here on earth […]

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‘Wunderbar together’ – Pr. Kerstin Weidmann’s invocation at the United German-American Associations of the San Francisco Bay Area Banquet October 7th, 2018

Last Wednesday, October 3rd, didn’t only mark the 28th anniversary of the German Reunification; that day also marked the beginning of the ‘German-American Year’ a special year of commemoration of U.S.- German relationships. The motto for this year is, ‘Wunderbar Together’.   I personally think it’s a great motto; many non-German speakers know what ‘wunderbar’ […]

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Sermon Mark 9:38-50; 19th Pentecost – September 30, 2018

  You may wonder what the attached picture is about. It’s a little hard to see, but it’s a picture of a clay tablet with an ancient writing called cuneiform (which means ‘wedge-shaped’), that was used in ancient Babylon. This particular tablet was written about 1,750 BCE during the Bronze Age – that’s roughly 3,750 […]

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