Sermons for February 2015


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A summer day on Pickerel Lake in the Quetico wilderness. I’ll never forget the peace of that day, the way the surface of the lake lay utterly still, like green glass, in the fresh morning hours and throughout the long afternoon. The absence of wind in those typically restless hours at day’s end was a… Read More

Communal Reflection

What has struck you in this morning’s reflection so far? Please turn to someone else and have a conversation. What strikes me is this: We are God’s beloved children, and we are called by God. The story of Samuel reminds us that call is personal. God calls us by name. God calls you and me… Read More

Mystic Mountains

Audio File Mystic Mountains A sermon preached by Aaron Lauer   2.15.15 Just before his death in 1944, French science fiction author Rene Daumal began working on a novel about an endlessly high mountain. Mount Analogue, as Daumal named it, “unites earth and heaven. Its summit reaches the sphere of eternity, and its base spreads… Read More

Mystic Mountains

  Just before his death in 1944, French science fiction author Rene Daumal began working on a novel about an endlessly high mountain. Mount Analogue, as Daumal named it, “unites earth and heaven. Its summit reaches the sphere of eternity, and its base spreads out in manifold foothills into the world of mortals.” The mountain… Read More

Lifted Up

(Recording of Mahalia Jackson singing: Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I am tired, I am weak, I am worn Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.) Ann Powers, critic and correspondent for NPR music, wrote an… Read More

A Healing Confrontation

            After worship today, we’re holding an artist’s reception for Cordelia Pierson; her photos of water are currently on display in Pilgrim Hall. One of these works immediately caught my eye. It’s a photograph of an island in the Mississippi River that lies beneath the Camden Bridge and across from the Minneapolis water works. Our… Read More