Questions, Not Answers

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Questions, Not Answers (QNA) is an intergenerational discussion group that brings together members of Grace Lutheran and students connected with Lutheran Student Community. We wrestle with questions that don’t have easy or clear answers, and we often leave with more questions than we came with! On October 18th, Campus Minister Alicia Anderson will facilitiate conversation about the book Dear Church …

envious

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Are you envious because I am generous?  Yes.  I guess I am. Jesus told a parable about the kingdom of heaven.  A landowner had a vineyard and went to the marketplace to find day laborers to work.  He hired a bunch, agreeing to pay the usual daily wage, and they went to work in the vineyard.  Mid-morning, the landowner saw …

Weekly Prayer: 9/22

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Loving God, In your vast generosity, you give so much. Help me to be thankful for life itself, the beauty of creation, the gift of each new day. Remind me that the people I love, the opportunities I find, and the resources in my life are gifts from your gracious hand. Remind me that you are the source of all …

Matthew 20:1-16

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[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4and he said to them, ‘You also …

forgiving is tricky

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Joseph’s brothers were afraid.  Years ago, when they were rash young men and Joseph was an irritating and arrogant teen, they saw an opportunity to get rid of him.  Joseph certainly was full of himself and he never missed an opportunity to flaunt their father’s preference for him. That day, the brothers simply had enough.  Far from home, tending their …

Weekly Prayer: 9/15

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Forgiving God, Your forgiveness for me is without bounds. Help me learn to forgive when I am wronged. Show me how to see my friends, family, neighbors, and strangers with mercy. Teach me humility and compassion and grace. Reconcile relationships that are broken and heal us. Help me learn to seek forgiveness when I wrong others. Show me how to …

Genesis 50 and Matthew 18

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Genesis 50:15-21 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the …

Love in community

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Living in community with other human beings is always a demanding task.  While human beings are wired for connection, we also get on each other’s nerves.  In addition to the comfort we receive from companionship and shared experience, we must find our way through the inevitable conflicts that will arise.  This always takes work, and right now, everyone is dealing …

Antiracism Discussion

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September 15 at 7-8 pm  Online Learn and talk together with other people of faith as we grow in our understanding of racism and how we can be antiracist day to day.  We will be exploring antiracism using a variety of online resources.  At this initial meeting, we’ll start the conversation and make plans for monthly gatherings throughout the year.  …

Matthew and Romans

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Matthew 18:15-20 Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.  But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by …