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My Participation in Cuba’s Gay Pride

By Michael Petrelis My visit to Cuba in May was a huge success and fun adventure, all connected to their Gay Pride events. First, they commemorate Pride on May 17 which is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and has been celebrated in Cuba for 11 years. I brought 10,000 rainbow bracelets, necklaces and flags […]

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Amanda Gerken-Nelson, Guest Preacher

Read the sermon by Amanda Gerken-Nelson, Executive Director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. 08.26.18 The Fleshy Love of Jesus PDF viewer required

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A Gospel for Anxious Times

26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. […]

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New Intergenerational Choir Forming

Consider becoming part of our musical community. We are starting a new choir at St. Francis. We seek to provide a place where individuals of all ages can join together in music-making, where parents can sing in the same choir with their children Our concept springs from the centuries-old model of church boy choirs and […]

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Blown Away

May 20, 2018 Pentecost Sunday When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue […]

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The Mystery of Death and Life

March 18, 2018 Pastor Bea Chun            Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.  Jesus […]

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Another Mass Shooting

February 18, 2018 Pr. Bea Chun In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, […]

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The Story of My Faith

January 14, 2018 Pr. Bea Chun Mark 1:4-11 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. […]

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Is the Church Still Needed?

December 31, 2017 Pastor Bea Chun Luke 2:22-40 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and […]

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Epiphany: Three Surprises and Three Gifts

Sunday January 7, 2018 Epiphany Sunday Pr. Bea Chun 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 […]

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Who Are Your Role Models? Part 2

This is the second installment of a multi-part blog which I am writing in answer to the question: “Who are your role models?” As it turns out, my role models fall into two groups: The first group consists of people who have inspired me most of my life. Whenever I turn to their writings, whenever […]

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Who Are Your Role Models? Part 1

Who are your role models? – Someone asked me this question the other day and I have been thinking about this for a few days. I have quite a number of role models and they fall into two groups. The first group consists of life-long companions: those are people that have been my role models […]

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Pastor Bea, what Bible Translations do you recommend?

Pastor Bea, what Bible Translations do you recommend? People frequently ask me this question, so I want to give you a brief overview of some Bible translations and how you might use them. First of all, it depends where and how the Bible is read and for what purpose. There is public reading of the […]

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Silent Night, Holy Night

One of the many reasons why I love the Christmas Eve service is that it takes place at night. There is something special about celebrating worship after sunset, when the gift of darkness gives our prayers a new dimension. And while darkness is often perceived in negative ways, it can actually be our friend: In […]

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Living With A Grateful Heart

          This is the time of the year when we invite members and friends to review and plan their financial support of the mission and ministry of the congregation. The theme for this year’s stewardship emphasis is “Living with a Grateful Heart”.             “What are you grateful for?” The Stewardship Team has put this […]

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Remembering Hildegard of Bingen

I first encountered her through her music at a concert in Houston, Texas many years ago, but I still remember the event to this day. The space was nearly dark as a group of singers entered with brightly lit candles. They began to sing songs unlike anything I had heard before: monophonic melodies which just […]

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Clare of Assisi – A woman for our times

       The church remembers St. Clare of Assisi each year on August 11th, on the day of her death. At St. Francis Lutheran Church, we will remember her in worship on Sunday, August 7th, the Sunday before her feast day.             Why should we remember St. Clare of Assisi (Santa Clara) and what can […]

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Black Lives Matter

An Invitation for conversation by Pastor Bea Chun My dear Sisters and Brothers, I am beginning to think of the Summer of 2016 as the “Summer of Heartbreak.” Hardly a week goes by when we do not wake up to devastating news. As I am writing this I have barely taken in the recent terror […]

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