Fishing with Jesus

You know those jokes about Saint Peter standing at the Pearly Gates, admitting people to heaven? That’s the way most of us think of him. Jesus said Peter was the rock upon which he would build his church. Peter was the apostle who was the head of the church after Jesus died, he followed Jesus to his death, and was martyred for the faith in Rome. Historically he is the first pope. All in all, it is a pretty exalted resume—he deserves the title of saint. This weekend on the confirmation retreat, however, we saw a different side of Peter. We looked at the stories that aren’t so flattering: the brown nosing Peter who always was the first to answer Jesus’ questions, whether he knew the answer or

This Little Light of Mine

“This Little Light of Mine, I’m gonna let it shine/let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” We all know this folk song based on Matthew 5, 14“You are the light of the world… 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Many of us sang it in Sunday school with finger motions “hide it under a bushel, no!’ This song was also popular in the civil right movement, used most notably by Mississippi voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Mrs. Hamer was an unlikely leader. She was born i

We-Story

“He or We?” Pastor Bob Graetz was called to Trinity Lutheran Church, a Black congregation in Montgomery, AL. The year was 1955, and it was his first call out of seminary. Pastor Graetz was excited to begin his ministry at Trinity with his new wife Jeannie. Little did he know that he was entering the maelstrom. The Black community in Montgomery strained under the psychological, physical, and financial affects of racism for decades. Blacks could be maids and laborers, but people with training in higher learning often could not find work in their fields. Only 7% of Blacks had a high school education; random tests and poll taxes kept Blacks off the voting rolls. Racial violence was a part of lif

Since some can not make it to church every Sunday, here's a glimpse into the sermons from recent worship services.  

                

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