Category Archives: Reflections

Season of Creation at Trinity

Dear Friends in Christ,  Trinity has a long tradition of celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a pet blessing. This year we are going to extend our celebration into an entire season: The Season of Creation. The … Continue reading

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August Epistle Column

Originally published in Trinity’s August newsletter/Epistle. Dear Friends in Christ,  Twenty-five years ago, Dorothy Bass edited the book Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People. I read it on my own and then read it with at … Continue reading

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Understanding Homelessness at a Citywide Level – book review

The main characters in Homelessness Is a Housing Problem are not individuals experiencing homelessness; they’re cities. The book’s central question is this: What might explain the substantial regional variation in per capita homeless rates in the United States? The answers may not … Continue reading

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Minnesota Day 6

We said goodbye to our companions from Hope Lutheran, who had an earlier flight, and ate breakfast at the Hope Breakfast Bar in downtown St Paul. Then we took a tour of the Wabasha Street Caves. We took the bus … Continue reading

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Minnesota Day 4

This was our service day (part of us crashing the Northeast Iowa Synod’s Boundless youth event at the Univ of St Thomas). Part of the day was with The Food Group in New Hope, MN and the afternoon was at … Continue reading

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Minnesota Day 3

Yesterday we went on a 2 and 1/2 hour Grayline bus tour of the Twin Cities. We met the tour bus along the Mississippi River in downtown St Paul and had them drop off us off on Lake Bda Maka … Continue reading

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Learning Peace

Originally published on tvprays.org How beautiful upon the mountains   are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,who brings good news,   who announces salvation,   who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ (Isaiah 52:7) The last week of June around 95 youth ages 6-13 participated … Continue reading

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Trinity and Future Directions

Pastor’s Column in Trinity Lutheran’s June Epistle/Newsletter Dear Friends in Christ, Our council leadership finally has the energy and capacity to start visioning about what the Holy Spirit might be calling us into next as a congregation. Though it is … Continue reading

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Telling Our Faith Stories: A Congregational Model

            “I tend to get uncomfortable sharing about myself with strangers and was surprised with the comfort level I felt,” reflected one of my parishioners after our workshop. After surveying various methods and practices in storytelling, I concluded that Anne E. … Continue reading

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Praise With Creation

Originally published on tvprays.org Revelation 5:11-14 11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12singing with full voice,‘Worthy is … Continue reading

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