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The push and pull of all transitions l Worship

Human beings are complicated. Emotions fuel that complexity. Beginnings bring excitement and anxiety; routines quickly create boredom and flatness; and endings lead to grief, nostalgia and a look back. We have served since 2017 as the interim or...

 

One service over three days: Christian ‘Triduum’ is unique

Protestant Christian traditions, including Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Reformed, historically grew out of protests against abuses in the Roman Catholic Church, starting in sixteenth-century Europe. Even so, today we Protestants share many...

 

Living in-line with our purpose through organizational clarity

Many organizations, and especially churches (and other religious groups), are unclear about their focus and direction. This happens in spite of the intention to follow the God who is revealed in Jesus of Nazareth. Without clarity of purpose, groups...

 

Godly surprises keep surprising

The joke goes something like, “If you ever want to make God laugh, tell God your plans.” The short form is, “Humans plan; God laughs.” I appreciate that sentiment because if you had asked me a year ago what we would be doing at Pointe of...

 

Learning to fly alone l Worship

The Easter season is a time of new life and new beginnings for Christians. Excitement and hope abound! Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church is experiencing this firsthand after spending the last nine months in a process of discernment of our future. Who...

 

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