Sermons for August 2020


Draw the Circle Wide

With Alice (our six-year-old) I have been reading Beverly Cleary’s books about Ramona and her co-conspirators. One of those characters is Henry Huggins. What Henry wanted most, at age 10, was to have his own paper route. Unfortunately, he could not get a job delivering The Journal until he turned 11. As Henry’s birthday finally… Read More

Dreams and Visions

My Grandma, Marguerite Unwin Voelkel and my mom, Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, preached this sermon at Lyndale UCC in May of this year. The words I’m about to share are my mom’s and then my Grandma will share her own words. – Shannon Voelkel As one who was born and raised in the United Church of… Read More

Wake Up and Dream

Right now, Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan are considering whether or not to renew a key legal challenge to Line 3. Line 3 is a proposed pipeline that would transport nearly a million barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. The pipeline corridor would travel through untouched wetlands… Read More

Love’s Laundry List

This morning’s text from Romans reads sort of like a laundry list: Let love be genuine and mutual, hate evil, hold fast to good. Show honor, do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit. Have hope, patience, and prayerful perseverance. Act with generosity and hospitality. Bless, rejoice, weep, live in harmony, do not seek… Read More

The Worship of Our Lives

This morning, I want to explore with you a spiritual practice called Lectio Divina, or sacred reading. This method of praying with scripture is very ancient; it began with the desert mothers and fathers during the church’s first few centuries of life. There’s an excellent chapter about Lectio Divina in The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia… Read More