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This September our community of faith will celebrate 10 years of faithful ministry!  What a delight! From the very first worship in 2007 at Robison Elementary School, Celebration has been marked by creativity, community and generosity. So it’s only fitting that we mark this coming anniversary likewise. Ideas are brewing and plans are coming together. … More From the Pastor

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So… we made a Paschal candle. It is beautiful, slightly imperfect and full of character. This two foot wonder tells the story of our gathered community. All of our old candles – altar candles from weekly worship, beeswax vigil candles from Christmas Eve, taper candles from festival Sundays – all of these were melted and … More From the Pastor

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There’s a holy rhythm to the life of a Christian. Our community of faith engages a rhythm of feast and famine, preparation and celebration, contemplation and proclamation. These holy seasons set the metronome of our hearts to God’s rhythm – rather than the world’s. As we enter the holy season of Lent, we take time … More From the Pastor

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You give them something to eat. – Jesus Well there you have it. When the crowds closed in, the disciples were motivated to send them on their way. They looked hungry and pretty needy. But Jesus had something else in mind. “You give them something to eat.” So they gathered their sparse resources and Jesus … More From the Pastor

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  Happy Epiphany! Today is the day – the 12th day after Christmas to be exact – the day we celebrate Epiphany. In our holy story, it’s the day we remember the Magi’s journey from the east. Matthew’s Gospel tells us that the Magi followed a star to find the newborn King. Christ’s incarnation marks a … More From the Pastor

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Tis the season for gift giving. As we prepare for Christmas, we have an opportunity to shower our people with good gifts. Our culture, and the marketing machine, may entice us to buy random gifts with a sense of obligation or extravagant gifts that quickly go out of style. There is an alternative. Giving good … More From the Pastor

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  Well friends, you were certainly up for the challenge. Back in September, I welcomed / invited / challenged our community to write personal creeds, statements of faith that proclaim your understanding of God and your modus operandi. Throughout our Credo series we explored the wholehearted confession of faith we share in the Apostle’s Creed as … More From the Pastor

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This month’s pastoral insight comes from my seminary friend, Brook Seaford. Brook is a dad to five wonderfully unique kiddos and a spouse to the phenomenally resilient Kristan. Brook is in the final stages of preparation for ordination in the ELCA; he currently serves as vicar of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Matthews, North … More From the Pastor

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The gauntlet has been cast. Last month, I challenged all of you to write a personal creed, a statement of faith that proclaims your understanding of God and your modus operandi. Are you up for the challenge? You – yes you, in the back row – you are invited to write and read a personal … More From the Pastor

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Warning, yet another nerdy confession follows. In college, I loved listening to an NPR radio show called, “This I Believe.” It was a revival of Edward Murrow’s program from the 1950s. Originally, Murrow launched the program to help people articulate individual beliefs rather than ascribing to religious dogma or patriotic platitudes. The show encouraged famous … More From the Pastor