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“When the Music Dies”

World Communion Sunday

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 137:1-6a


“Thinking Again”

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 146, Luke 16:19-31

Dr. Walter Brueggemann, guest preacher

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18th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:38-42

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“The Great Celebration”

17th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 15:1-10

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“Shaped and Reshaped”

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 18:1-6, 11b

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“Table It”

15th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 14:1-14

Rev. Gretchen Sanewsky, guest preacher

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“A Rebuilt Life”

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 13:10-17

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13th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 139:1-12, 17-18, 23-24

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“The Impossible At the Door”

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Acts 12:6-17a

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“A House of Mercy”

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:31-40

Rev. Bill Foster, guest preacher

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“Prayer Matters”

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 11:1-13

Rev. Joe Mortensen, guest preacher

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“Like a Tree”

9th Sunday after Pentecost

1 John 4:16-19

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“The View from the Ditch”

8th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:25-37

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“Where the Kingdom Is”

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:1-11

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During this season of vacations and travels, I have one question for you: how do you know what to pack?

In my experience, this is one of the most anxiety-making parts of getting ready for a trip – figuring out what to take and what to leave behind. Because what if you get to your destination and discover you failed to bring the one thing it turned out you absolutely needed? And which is worse – to overpack, or to leave behind something essential? Read the whole story…

“All In”

6th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 9:51, 57-62

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This past week our church website committee, which is in charge of overseeing the redesign of our church website, was given an unusual assignment. The design firm we are working with asked us to fill out a kind of “Mad Lib.” Do you remember “Mad Libs”? It’s a template word game where you fill our a series of blanks with whatever word you choose and then you see what kind of paragraph or story you have created. Our “Mad Lib” was designed to help our committee state, in a focused way, what is most essential to communicate to other people about who our church is. The paragraph began, “We are the only _______________ that _________________.”

It was a struggle. Because no matter how I filled in the blanks, what it sounded like hubris. “We are the only congregation in Ann Arbor that….” what? No matter what you put there – unless it’s horrible – it’s going to sound self-promoting. Read the whole story…

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