‘Man lernt niemals aus – One never stops learning’: Sermon Mark 10: 35-45; 21st Sunday after Pentecost – October 17th, 2021

  Let me start with a question: why do people worship, be it in person or, right now, via a screen? Maybe people feel connected to that great cloud of witnesses, which transcends time and space, whenever they worship. Maybe these services feed them through the familiar words of song and prayer. And maybe they […]

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‘Grounded in God in a Changing World’: Sermon Mark 9: 38-49; 18th Sunday after Pentecost – September 26th, 2021

  On our recent trip to Europe, my husband Fred and I must have visited around 40 churches. We saw 10 in Cologne alone – and, yes, there are quite a few interesting churches besides the famous cathedral. We saw cathedrals – and ancient humble village churches. We saw any style: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Classicist, […]

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‘’Good Shepherd, Bad Shepherd, No Shepherd’: Sermon Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost; July 18th, 2021

  Before I moved to California almost 24 years ago, I was going through a pastoral residency program back in Northern Germany, and I lived in a small rural community called Dötlingen. Now Dötlingen was and still is a picture book kind of village, with an oak tree in the village center that is more […]

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The Other Side: Sermon Mark 4: 35-41; 4th Sunday after Pentecost – June 20th, 2021

  Today is the first Sunday after what the State of California calls a ‘full reopening’ after 15 months of restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And though this ‘full reopening’ has a little asterisk attached to it – there are still settings like healthcare facilities, any facility involving children, and mass transit, which will […]

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‘A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – But Can It Be Rebuilt?’ Sermon Mark 3: 20-35; 2nd Sunday after Pentecost – June 6th, 2021

  Jesus is coming home. And his family is not happy. In today’s gospel story, it becomes very clear that Jesus and his family – mother, brothers, and sisters – don’t agree on his new way of life as the Son of God. He’s an embarrassment to them, tainting the family’s good name and reputation […]

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“Alles Gute kommt von oben” (All That Is Good Comes from Above): Sermon Luke 24: 44-53; Ascension Sunday – May 16th, 2021

    The Germans have the following proverb: ‘Alles Gute kommt von oben’, which translates to, ‘all that is good comes from above’. And this proverb comes straight from the Bible, from the letter of James, the first chapter, to be exact; and this passage refers to the good gifts God, who supposedly is enthroned […]

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