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Happy Epiphany! A Note from Alicia Anderson, campus minister Christmas ended yesterday and the season of Epiphany begins today. In case you hadn’t heard before, those “Twelve Days of Christmas” in the song begin on Christmas Day and run through January 5 each year. On January 6th, we mark the arrival of the magi who followed a star to find Jesus. The magi were strangers, foreigners …

Matthew 2:1-12

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Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, …

in the darkness – advent reflections

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I used to be afraid in the dark. Like lots of kids, I relied on a nightlight to keep darkness at bay, and ensure that the monster who lived under my bed stayed in its place until dawn when it was no longer a threat.  Even in my adult years, I have been known to make my way carefully through …

puzzling . . .

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There are weeks that the readings for Sunday worship are confusing to work with.  This past Sunday was one of those weeks.  Jesus told a parable that was confusing, contradictory and just plain challenging.  It has got me wondering. A manager was caught squandering the master’s money, so was called in for an audit before losing his job.  In anticipation of this …

God created us with bodies

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I went for a bike ride yesterday morning. The sun was still kinda low, and the breeze was comfortable – not too hot and not too cold. The perfect time for a ride. Everything we’ve heard about endorphins, exercise, and the mind-body connection seem especially true on a day like that. Bike riding helps me to keep my sanity.  The exercise loosens stiff …

Jesus was clearly out of line

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Jesus was clearly out of line.  There he was in the synagogue on the sabbath – the day each week set aside to honor God by doing no work or business.  A bent and crippled woman showed up, who had been suffering for 18 years.  Jesus surely knew better, but he touched her and healed her anyway. The leader of the synagogue was indignant. …

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I was hot.  I was late.  I was lost. Ok, I wasn’t exactly lost, but I had no idea where I was on the map of campus, and I could not figure out which of the many buildings surrounding me was the one I was looking for. The map was confusing and I didn’t realize there was an app.  I …

Prayer, Reflection, Devotional Resources

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Here are a few resources that you may find helpful this year.  See what works for you, or catches your attention.  There is no right or wrong way to go about prayer and reflection, so try something new or something familiar. Living Lutheran Blogs – reflections and prayer on a variety of topics 3 minute retreat – scripture, reflection and prayer for …

Welcome and Welcome Back!

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It is a time of preparation!  Plan, pack, prepare! Get ready and return to campus, for the new semester, and for all that lies ahead!! We are glad you are among the students who are making their way to campus this week!  May your preparations go well, may your farewells be sweet and your arrival be filled with exciting new …

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In the last chapter of the John’s gospel, the risen Jesus appears to Peter and some of the disciples at daybreak after they have spent a long, unproductive night fishing. At first, they don’t recognize the man who calls to them from the beach and suggests throwing out the net one more time . . . on the opposite side …