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Pastor's Message | Comments Off on Who Are Your Role Models? Part 2

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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Pastor's Message | Comments Off on Who Are Your Role Models? Part 1

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's Message | Comments Off on Pastor Bea, what Bible Translations do you recommend?

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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Pastor's Message | Comments Off on Silent Night, Holy Night

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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Pastor's Message | Comments Off on Living With A Grateful Heart

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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Pastor's Message | Comments Off on Remembering Hildegard of Bingen

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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Pastor's Message | Comments Off on Clare of Assisi – A woman for our times

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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