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Sermons by “The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess”

The Name of Jesus

The power that is ours through Jesus is nothing less than the power of the resurrection. When we pray, we pray for comfort, we pray for strength, maybe we pray for healing. But through Jesus, the power that is at hand is nothing less than the power of the resurrection. It is nothing less than the salvation of the world, the remaking of all of creation.

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When a Church Dips its Baby Toe Into the Waters of Evangelism

God invites us to be part of his work, bringing his reign to earth as it is in heaven. God honors us by inviting us to use what he has already given us – our selves, each of us with our own life stories, interests, hobbies, skills, resources. And God is the one who actually draws people to himself. He sends us to people whom he has already prepared to receive him, and us. He sends us into a field where the harvest is already ripe and plentiful, and waiting for us – for our precious, unique selves. And then he brings in the harvest.

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Friends Let Friends Bother Jesus

Jesus urges you and me on today: Do not be afraid, but believe. Your faith and mine are conduits of the power of God – the power of God that is already among us to bring healing, to bring peace, to bring justice, to bring new life.

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Living Into God’s Inheritance

Paul calls us to a grand vision of our participation in the life of the Triune God. Just as the life of God is more than the sum of its parts when God acts in concert, his love pouring through the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, our lives also take on a greater purpose as we allow ourselves to be drawn into God’s life.

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Straight Talk About Spiritual Renewal

This healing, this coming back into ourselves, is the physical, relational, spiritual work of the summer.  This is the summer for us to allow God to do the slow, tender work of remaking our hearts and minds into the likeness of Christ – to return us to ourselves, to prepare us to be sent out afresh into the mission he has for us to do.

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Telling Stories

Philip noticed a guy sitting alongside the road and noticed a nudge to speak to him, so he did. He asked him a question. He was invited to sit for a spell. So he set aside his plans for the moment and sat. He listened. They chatted. He told a story about himself and a friend he knows. All of this is so simple. And God did something wonderful with the simple ingredients.

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See what love the Father has given us?

Because we belong to God now, we are given over to his holiness. We are drawn into his righteousness. And God’s righteousness is not nearly as much about doing right as it is about being made right. Under God’s care, everything that is broken in us, everything that has gone astray and become wrong, is being made right.

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The beginning of the first day of the first year . . .

The tomb is open to let us in to our Risen Lord’s new life. The tomb is open, and Jesus calls to us. Jesus calls to you: Come, you who are weary, you who are broken-hearted, you whose bodies are failing and whose spirits are fainting. Come, look into the tomb with Mary. See how it is empty? Our Lord Jesus has risen from the dead, and he means to bring you, too, into the glorious light of his new life.

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What makes this night different from all other nights?

Tonight, in this meal Jesus binds his dearest friends to himself. Tonight, Jesus counts you among his dearest friends and is pouring out his life for yours. Tonight, his victory over sin and death is now your victory. His resurrection life is now your life. So we eat. Tonight we share Christ’s body and blood, given and poured out for us.

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Where is God to be found?

We have wonderful news. Jesus – his precious humanity, his death on the cross, his resurrection, these are the signs to us humans that God is here. It turns out, Jesus is the temple now. Jesus, crucified and risen, is where God is to be found. So, in the breaking of Jesus’ body in the bread of communion, God is here. In the body of Christ, the Church – the community of believers filled with Jesus’ spirit, God is here.

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