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Give Our Lives Away! – Good Friday, 2 April 2021

The cross, then, isn’t payment to an unforgiving God who keeps score, offers no exceptions, never looks the other way, who demands perfection. But it is the opposite. On the cross is a God who is known best in suffering. On the cross is a God who knows the terror of…

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Forgiveness Is the Bridge – Maundy Thursday, 1 April 2021

To seek forgiveness is to confess your sins and wrongdoings. Frederick Buechner once wrote, “To confess your sins to God is not to tell God anything God doesn’t already know. Until you confess them, however, they are the abyss between you. When you confess them, they become the Golden Gate Bridge.” Admitting your flaws and…

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Broken Covenants – 24 March 2021

… broken covenants occur because we seek after other gods. We seek safety, power, control, success, popularity, the best of everything – and we want it all cheap! We are not seeking God, we are seeking something else and we treat our neighbors accordingly. Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary,…

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What in You Is Longing for New Life? – 21 March 2021

… every day, we are invited into this cycle of death and new life again. In the Small Catechism, Luther writes, “Baptism signifies that the old person in us with all sins and evil desires is to be drowned and die through daily sorrow for sin and through repentance, and on the other hand that…

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Something About the Snakes – 17 March 2021

I do not understand why it is that we find ourselves caught up in the messiness of life. I do not understand why the floor sometimes collapses under us. I do not understand why we love and lose, why we are pressed to endure both pain in our bodies and suffering in our minds. I…

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You Might As Well Love – 10 March 2021

It isn’t about what we are not to do, but about our responsibility to love God and love our neighbor. It isn’t just that we not bear false witness, essentially, that we do not commit perjury, but that we protect our neighbor’s good name. It is not just that we do not murder, but that…

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To Do: Wake Up, Liberate – 7 March 2021

How do we determine what is right? We ask, does it set my neighbor free? Does it bring them from death to life? This isn’t the only lens we use or can use, but it is a start. It clearly lays some things aside. Christianity isn’t about accumulating wealth or power. It isn’t about assuring…

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Making a Mess of Things – 3 March 2021

Your life is not valued by perfection, nor is it devalued by mistakes. Your value comes from one thing alone: being a child of God. This call enables us to act with integrity, to take risks, to welcome the mess, to work with God to right-side-up the world. Because this is…

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Laying Down Our Bow – 24 February 2021

I will not explain away the messiness of human life. I only know this, when our prayers to God about this mess—this mess that we cannot explain—are answered, and when we lean into what God, the heart of our being, is telling us, then the blessing will come. The blessing will come when we…

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What the Wilderness Gives – 21 February 2021

… if you’ve spent any time in wild areas, you know that God is already there. In the book of Job, God speaks from the whirlwind about what happens far from human eyes that God knows and loves: lions and raven hunt prey for their children, mountain goats and deer give birth, the wild…

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A Glimpse at the Edges of Life – 17 February 2021

Having no regrets means we either care very little for others or we never take any risks in relationships to others and our community. We can dig our heels in, shouting “no regrets” with our fingers in our ears, or we can confess our shortcomings, our failures, our neglect, and accept forgiveness. Confession gives us…

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The Only Acceptable Way Forward – 14 February 2021

I think there is a very complicated form to this gospel. In Mark’s story, Jesus shows his disciples an image of resurrected life, right smack-dab in the very middle of the book. Everything in the gospel is written to serve this end. The transfiguration is a peek at what is to come…

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The Word is the Work – 7 February 2021

There was plenty of work to be done in Capernaum. He could have stayed. He could have taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath and healed on the other days. He could have been famous. But would people have heard his message? The work was good, but, for Jesus, it was the work and the…

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Spreading Wholeness – 31 January 2021

“Jesus confronts the unclean spirit directly. He doesn’t avert his eyes. He doesn’t leave. He doesn’t demand separation or attempt to quietly enforce it with tasteful, face-saving measures. He confronts the spirit, and, in casting it out, restores the person to wholeness.”

Gospel Unity – 24 January 2021

“…  gospel-rooted transformation tells the truth about our lives, it holds us accountable, and it is oriented around the kin-dom of God.” Rev. Adrianne MeierJanuary 24, 2021, Third Sunday after EpiphanySt. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana Click here for a printable copy of this sermon. 1 Corinthians 7:29-31  Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has…

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Samuel’s Call – 17 January 2021

“…our identity and true calling as Christians is as beloved Children of God.” Rev. Amanda GhaffarianJanuary 17, 2021, Second Sunday of Christmas, Year B St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana Click here for a printable version of this sermon. Samuel’s Call 1 Samuel 3:1-20 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word…

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The Wonders and Gifts of Holy Darkness – 10 January 2021

“… what if God creating light isn’t a proclamation against darkness? What if it was a celebration of the canvas on which God created the cosmos?” Rev. Adrianne Meier January 10, 2021, Baptism of Our Lord, Year B St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana Click here for a printable version of this sermon. The Wonders…

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The Most Loving Thing – 6 January 2021

“In the face of this news of violence and insurrection at the United State Capitol, when we have to determine what to do next, do the next loving thing.” Rev. Adrianne Meier January 6, 2021, Epiphany, Year B St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana The Most Loving Thing Click here for a printable version of…

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The Key – 3 January 2021

“The mystery of the silence from which the Word comes is the deep and abiding relationship of the Trinity.  It is of love for humanity, for the universe that God made room to create.” Rev. Adrianne Meier January 3, 2021, Second Sunday of Christmas, Year B St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana Click here for a…

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Undercover God – 27 December 2021

“God doesn’t settle for better, especially when better is a means to comfort the comfortable. God draws close in order to change the world.” Rev. Adrianne Meier December 27, 2020, First Sunday of Christmas, Year B St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana Click here for a printable copy of this sermon. Undercover God Luke 2:22-40…

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Wherever God Is Needed the Most – 24 December 2020

“… as the angels told the shepherds of a sign, be the sign to others: in warmth, in bread, in friendship, in compassion, in justice.” Rev. Adrianne Meier December 24, 2020, Christmas Eve, Year B St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana Wherever God Is Needed the Most Click here for a printable version of this…

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A Song of Hope for What Is Yet To Come – 23 December 2020

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.” Rev. Adrianne Meier 2020 Advent Midweeks, 4 St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana A Song of Hope For What Is Yet to Come, Luke 2:13-14 Click here for a printable copy of this sermon. Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there…

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Make Room – 20 December 2020

“Compassion is knowing that my future is tied to yours.” Rev. Adrianne Meier December 20, 2020, 4th Sunday in Advent, Year B St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana Click here for a printable version of this sermon. Make Room Luke 1:26-38, NRSV, emended In the sixth month (of Elizabeth’s pregnancy) the angel Gabriel was sent…

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