Tag: service

“Every Valley Shall Be Lifted Up…” – it’s God’s work, but we’re a part of it too!

It was a joy to be with the good people of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ralston, Nebraska on Sunday December 9th. Thank you to Pastor Greg Berger for the invitation, to come and preach on stewardship as part of the congregation’s Consecration Sunday, and lead an adult forum conversation between worship, as well as join

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“Being Salty and Offering a Cup of Cool Water”

I had the privilege of being with the good people of Immanuel “Stateline” and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Parish in Wymore, Nebraska today (Sunday September 30, 2018) for their Fall Festival. I was invited to preach on stewardship by Pastor Suzanne How, and help celebrate the dedication of the congregations’ Global Farm Challenge Gifts to

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Preaching on Stewardship- September 23, 2018

Happy Monday! Every Monday I share a few tidbits, nuggets, or ideas for incorporating some stewardship themes in your preaching. This week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings by the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary are as follows: Sunday September 23, 2018: Revised Common Lectionary- The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Time after Pentecost- Lectionary

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Preaching on Stewardship- July 8, 2018

Happy Monday! Every Monday I share a few tidbits, nuggets, or ideas for incorporating some stewardship themes in your preaching. This week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings by the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary are as follows: Sunday July 8, 2018: Revised Common Lectionary- The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Time after Pentecost-

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Embracing Stewardship- across all seasons and generations

It’s hard to believe, but I have been serving in this call as the Director for Stewardship of the Nebraska Synod for two years now. Where has all the time gone? To put it simply, this is a dream call– one where I serve alongside congregations and others wanting to go deeper in their sense

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Preaching on Stewardship- Holy Week Edition 2018

Happy Monday! Every Monday I share a few tidbits, nuggets, or ideas for incorporating some stewardship themes in your preaching. As we are staring at Palm Sunday, and Holy Week, this week’s edition will offer short nuggets of ideas for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. This week’s stewardship nuggets based on

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Why I Started Wearing a Stole

One of the joys of my call as Nebraska Synod Director for Stewardship is to be out in the 245 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations across the state. I do this simultaneously with my consecrated and rostered ministry as a Deacon in the Church, one called to “Word and Service” ministry. I love

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Comfort, Comfort Now My People- an Advent devotional for Dec. 7, 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

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Take Heart, it is I, Do not be Afraid

Today I had the joy of filling in for my friend, Pastor Andrew Dietzel, leading worship and preaching at the congregations he serves- Edensburg Lutheran Church in Malmo, Nebraska and Alma Lutheran Church in Mead, Nebraska. The sermon for today was based on the gospel reading for Lectionary 19A, Matthew 14:22-33. The majority of the

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How are you #Called?

As part of my Lenten journey this year, I will be blogging daily using the themes or words created by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin in partnership with other ELCA synods for “Lent Photo a Day.” The word for today, March 2nd, is “Called.” On this second day of Lent, now that the ashes have

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