Sermons for January 2021


Our dog Ace is sweet, gentle and patient. He has a cat-like way of showing affection. He’s enthusiastic about walks and runs. When he gets excited, his tail wags in a twirling pattern we call the “windmill.” Ace has a wonderfully soft, extra furry spot under his chin. His ears perk out sideways in the… Read More

A Deeper Loyalty

Amanda Gorman. When I expressed enthusiasm for her inauguration poem to my daughter, Eliza, Eliza said “Oh, yeah, I follow her on TikTok.” Well, I’ll tell you, I’ve got a whole new level of respect for TikTok! The poem says so much in such a beautiful, powerful way. I have many favorite lines. What I… Read More

The Land of Promise and the Year of Jubilee

This year our congregation is devoting considerable time to study, to conversation, and to prayerful self-scrutiny with regard to the consequences of our presence on land that was taken from the Indigenous Dakota people. Along with the rest of the European-American settlers in Minnesota, our forebears obtained the land on which our beautiful building sits… Read More

Water and Spirit

Truth be told, we Americans are in deep shit. Our lofty ideals and our soaring rhetoric mask our great national hypocrisy. Claims of liberty and justice for all are simply absurd. You’ve seen the photos and the footage. When peaceful “BLM” protestors gathered at the nation’s capitol, police in full riot gear lined the steps…. Read More