To Witness

Luke 21:5-19 When I think about the world I’ve grown up in, the unfortunate reality, going back to my sophomore year of high school, with the events of 9/11, is that it has been one where fear has been at the root of so much of what we do. I can remember going to the … More To Witness

“Claiming this Building for the Work of God’s Kingdom!”

Commitment Sunday (Lectionary 32) 11 November 2019 (2 Chronicles 24:13 Psalm 84 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38) “Claiming this Building for the Work of God’s Kingdom!” There are many ways to preach a sermon on Commitment Sunday. One obvious way to begin might be by looking a little closer at what the word “commitment” … More “Claiming this Building for the Work of God’s Kingdom!”

“Getting off your butt to reform the Church!”

Reformation Sunday 27 October 2019 (Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-36) “Getting off your butt to reform the Church!” Three things I wish to communicate this morning. First, I want to give some context for why we celebrate Reformation Day. Especially because there are many of us who were not raised as a … More “Getting off your butt to reform the Church!”

Into Our Hands

[This sermon was preached by the Reverend Renee LiaBraaten, the weekend of October 19-20, 2019. Pastor Renee is the consultant for the Capital Campaign being conducted by this congregation] “In Our Hands” On my refrigerator I have a magnet that says, “When I count my blessings, I count you twice.” That little magnet pretty much … More Into Our Hands

In Our Hands

Guest Preacher, Pastor Renee LiaBraatenCapital Campaign Consultant On my refrigerator I have a magnet that says, “When I count my blessings, I count you twice.”  That little magnet pretty much sums up my feelings about the people of St. James.  Working with all of you has been such a joy-filled experience for me.  A stranger … More In Our Hands

“A world easier to know God’s Love!”

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 6 October 2019 (Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Psalm 37 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10) “A World Where it is Easier to Know God’s Love!” Peter Steinke, an ELCA pastor who has been doing lots of challenging and integrative work with church congregations for many years, writing books with titles such as Calm … More “A world easier to know God’s Love!”