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Set Free from the Things That Entangle Us — 8 January 2023

Pastor Lecia Beck8 January 2023Saint Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana Set Free from the Things That Entangle Us Please click here for a printable version of this sermon. Matthew 3:1-17 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah…

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Scandalous Grandmothers—11 December 2022

… the reality is that, throughout history, women’s lives are always held on the brink of scandal. When maleness is the norm, being female, or, today, non-binary or trans, or to express your gender outside the norm is to justify your existence with every action and careful inaction.  And, in the presence of a toxic…

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On Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, and the Love of God — 4 December 2022

The Bible is filled with stories of women whose redemption is found when they, finally, fulfill what the human authors believe is the pinnacle of women’s lives and become mothers. These authors seem rather self-satisfied, believing as they do that God performs exactly as expected, opening barren wombs, redeeming infertile and barren women, disregarding their…

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The Threshold of Despair — 27 November 2022

Matthew’s audience knows about power. They know about the day when Romans abducted people from fields and mills, towns and cities. They know the bodies buried in the mass graves. They remember the goodbyes they never even got to say. The warning here isn’t about some far-off rapture. It is telling the truth about the brokenness that occurs when power…

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Keeping It Together — 20 November 2022

Being in control only sees others in the way their needs and feelings derail our careful schedules, interrupt our own feelings of holiness, and prohibit the perfection we think we are able to achieve.  And then they keep us from holding it all together.  Don’t they see how hard we are trying, how much we are juggling?  But…

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What Cannot Be Shaken Will Remain — 21 August 2022

We are assured of our place on this firm foundation of grace in God’s unshakable kindom through the gift of baptism. We are taken off of uneven ground, pulled out of the miry clay and placed on solid rock. Through the water and the word, this gift of God’s grace is made visible and experienced…

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Transforming Loneliness — 14 August 2022

Here, in this place, for a few moments on a Sunday morning, we make a home together, often among unlikely kin.  Here, in shared moments of ritual and grace, the great chasms that form among us as people and the great chasms that separate us from God and God’s life into the ages, become thin.  A morsel…

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Faith for Impossible Situations — 7 August 2022

Beloved, we are called to be faithful when faith seems impossible. True, this is a challenge, but it is also a gift, because if we do not have faith in impossible situations, then all we have are impossible situations. And maybe that’s all the evidence we need: that even when everything seems stacked against us, we know…

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You Are Enough and You Are Loved—31 July 2022

We are worthy to be called children of God, not because of what we bring or what we do, but simply because we are. God has called you “child”, has said you are enough and you are loved. We gather at this table, fixing our eyes on Christ who is truly present in the bread…

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Through Christ, We Know Who God Is — 24 July 2022

We pray for the time when God’s reign will extend over all creation, when every tear will be dried, when death is swallowed up. We pray for the time when we will gather on the holy mountain where there will be a feast for all people, when all of creation will be restored. We pray…

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Saying “Yes” to the Spirit — 22 May 2022

At baptism, God said “yes” to each and every one of us. God’s “yes” resounds in our lives and in our world – no matter whether we respond or not. But we practice resurrection by saying “yes” to the Spirit, not just once but time and time again. Our whole life of discipleship, of following…

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Peter Didn’t Follow the Vegas Rules — 15 May 2022

Later, as Peter headed back to Jerusalem, I wonder if he thought about what he would tell the others. In some ways, I am sure Peter was tempted to play by the Vegas rules – you know, what happened in Caesarea stays in Caesarea. He had a role as a leader, but he broke the rules…

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God Sees You — 8 May 2022

Tabitha saw these widows as individuals, women worthy of love and care. She didn’t just clothe them, but it says that she made the tunics and other clothing they had. She clothed them beautifully, carefully, not in what was leftover or discarded, but individually, with her own handiwork.

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Imposter Syndrome — 6 March 2022

The disciplines of Lent, then—self-examination, fasting, sacrificial giving and acts of love—are aimed at helping others see and feel and know what God knows: that they—we—are Children of God. Who do you think you are, Beloved? The unending truth of grace is that God knows who you are. The season of Lent…

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