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Feast of St. Francis/Blessing of the Animals

There is power in being called by name.
Names carry a deep sense of knowing, of belonging. Names connect us. In today’s first reading, we hear God giving humanity the gift of naming the animals:

“So out of the ground the Lord GOD formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them” (Genesis 2:19)..,

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Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The reading from Mark picks up where we left off last Sunday. In last week’s reading, the disciples were fighting over who was the greatest. Then, Jesus took a child into his arms and reminded the disciples that welcoming the powerless, the dependent, and the vulnerable is what makes someone great. Today, Jesus still held that child in his arms and the conversation continued…

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Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

We’re back!

…Well, yall are back. I’m here up in front with yall preaching for the first time, but you’re back! You’re back from summer vacations, from visiting family and friends. You’re back to school, back to the routine that Fall brings. I’m back in Chicago from my seminary internship to being a full-time student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. We’re back, here at church, all together again…

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