Preaching on Stewardship- October 27, 2019- Reformation Sunday & The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Each week on the blog I share a few tidbits, nuggets, or ideas for incorporating some stewardship themes in your preaching. This week’s nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for Reformation Sunday and the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost are as follows: Sunday October 27, 2019: Reformation Sunday First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 Second Lesson: Romans 3:19-28 … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- October 27, 2019- Reformation Sunday & The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

“For All the Saints and Stewards”- a stewardship sermon for All Saints Sunday

I had the privilege of being with the good people of American Lutheran Church in Adams, Nebraska this morning for All Saints Sunday, thanks to the invitation of friend and pastor Rev. Nathan Metzger. It was the congregation’s mission festival, and as part of that they invited me to preach, and had a potluck after worship. What follows is the majority of the manuscript I … Continue reading “For All the Saints and Stewards”- a stewardship sermon for All Saints Sunday

Lost in the Night- an Advent Devotional for Dec. 2, 2017

This Advent season I am going to reflect on a hymn or carol daily as part of my spiritual practices. I am not sure where all these reflections will take me, but in conversation with my spiritual director, I am going to leave room for both “the head stuff” and “the heart stuff.” Some days might be more of one or another. I invite you … Continue reading Lost in the Night- an Advent Devotional for Dec. 2, 2017

Great Aunt Sophie

My Great Aunt Sophie Ommedal passed away earlier this week at the impressive age of 100. Sophie had just celebrated her birthday a week and a half earlier. Sophie was impressive, to say the least. She graduated valedictorian, one of many in her extended family. She served as an organist and church musician, also one of many in her extended family. She lived the longest … Continue reading Great Aunt Sophie

Overcoming Joyless Busyness – #TheStruggleisReal

This past Sunday, February 26, 2017, I had the privilege to visit and preach at Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska. Not only was it Transfiguration Sunday, it was also the fourth and final week of a series in worship at the congregation called, #TheStruggleisReal. The premise of the series was, “We live in an age of distraction, temptation, and joyless busy-ness. But … Continue reading Overcoming Joyless Busyness – #TheStruggleisReal

Joy

The following is a reflection that I shared in worship on Wednesday December 14th at Salem Lutheran Church in Fontanelle, Nebraska as part of the congregation’s mid-week Advent worship series on “Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.” The focus passage for the evening was Luke 1:47-55.  The beautiful words of Mary’s Magnificat ring in our ears. Perhaps the song we’ve been singing on Sundays during offering … Continue reading Joy

Eternal- Day 9 of Advent

During Advent this year, I will be reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for December 7th was #Eternal. Admittedly, I am a few days behind, but I am trying to catch up on the series.  One of my grandpa’s served in the navy during World War II, and after the war he would serve as an English teacher, dean of students, … Continue reading Eternal- Day 9 of Advent