Tiny Desk Worship – Holy Trinity

Today we celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday!  A lament, a kyrie, scripture, a sermon from the presiding bishop of the ELCA, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, the Nicene Creed, prayers, and a blessing. A Tiny Desk Worship from Pastor Inger’s desk to your screen.

Watch the premiere on Shepherd of the Mountains’ facebook page Sunday at 8 am, or watch the video anytime after about 8:45 am.

Things you should know about Facebook:
  • You do not need to have a Facebook account to see the Facebook video
  • Facebook is a business so it will keep asking you to sign up. You do not need to sign up–ever.
  • Just keep clicking things like “Not Now.”
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  • Scroll down to the area that says “Posts”
  • If you are not able to join us on Sunday morning, follow the same link and search the video sections.

If you prefer, here is a google drive link:​

One Bread Recipe Kitchen Devotional

As Pastor Inger wrote to the congregation in the June newsletter, even as regulations ease, public health officials consistently predict a long trajectory for this pandemic, and religious gatherings are considered highly contagious events. The acts of singing, sharing communion, and the familiarity of people across households – things we treasure and celebrate at SMLC – also create more risk for spreading the virus. For now, Tiny Desk Worship allows a more robust worship than we can offer in person, and continues to protect and include our most vulnerable.

However, Tiny Desk Worship, as a pre-recorded service that we access at different times, does not include communion. Consecrated bread and wine, means of God’s grace, are ways that we are tangibly comforted and strengthened by God’s presence, and might be one of the things you are missing and need the most. There have always been provisions for communion to be offered in special circumstances: the gluten-free bread blessed at a distance, the pastor bringing the sacrament to hospital rooms or nursing homes, or a smaller assembly gathering at the edge of Phelps Lake as part of a “Walk and Worship.” Leaning on these foundations, even as we extend Tiny Desk Worship into the foreseeable future, I am going to begin offering socially distanced outdoor communions for households. Each household will be their own altar guild, providing their own bread and wine.

Intimidated? Don’t be! Check out this kitchen devotion and walk-through of a scaled down communion bread recipe our altar guild often uses:

Tiny Desk Worship – Pentecost Sunday

Join us worshipping together in Spirit from the comfort of your home! On this Pentecost Sunday, we hear some of the most beloved stories about the Holy Spirit. The untamed Spirit is still at work today, calling us into repentance and action, especially around racism. Confession and forgiveness, scripture, a sermon, prayers, the passing of the peace, and a blessing. A Tiny Desk Worship from Pastor Inger’s desk to your screen.

You can watch the video on Shepherd of the Mountains’ facebook page.
Things you should know about Facebook Live:
  • You do not need to have a Facebook account to see the Facebook video
  • Facebook is a business so it will keep asking you to sign up. You do not need to sign up–ever.
  • Just keep clicking things like “Not Now.”
  • Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/shepherdofthemountainsjh/
  • Scroll down to the area that says “Posts”
  • If you are not able to join us on Sunday morning, follow the same link and search the video sections.
If you prefer, here is a google drive link:

Tiny Desk Worship – 6th Sunday of Easter

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  Join us worshipping together in Spirit from the comfort of your home! On this 6th Sunday of Easter, we hear Jesus say to his disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Is Jesus saying “prove you love me” or something different? Songs, scripture, a sermon, prayers and a blessing. A Tiny Desk Worship from Pastor Inger’s desk to your screen.

Watch the video on Shepherd of the Mountains’ facebook page.
Things you should know about Facebook:
  • You do not need to have a Facebook account to see the Facebook video
  • Facebook is a business so it will keep asking you to sign up. You do not need to sign up–ever.
  • Just keep clicking things like “Not Now.”
  • Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/shepherdofthemountainsjh/
  • Scroll down to the area that says “Posts”
  • If you are not able to join us on Sunday morning, follow the same link and search the video sections.
If you prefer, here is a google drive link:

Tiny Desk Worship – 5th Sunday of Easter

Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!  Join us worshipping together in Spirit from the comfort of your home!

Do not let your hearts be troubled?!? Really, Jesus? Context makes these words peace-full, rather than platitude. Songs, scripture, a sermon, prayers and a special Mother’s Day blessing. A Tiny Desk Worship from Pastor Inger’s desk to your screen.

Watch the video on Shepherd of the Mountains’ facebook page.
Things you should know about Facebook videos:
  • You do not need to have a Facebook account to see the Facebook video
  • Facebook is a business so it will keep asking you to sign up. You do not need to sign up–ever.
  • Just keep clicking things like “Not Now.”
  • Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/shepherdofthemountainsjh/
  • Scroll down to the area that says “Posts”
  • If you are not able to join us on Sunday morning, follow the same link and search the video sections.

If you prefer, here is a google drive link:

Big Chair Story

Pastor Inger tried a very casual spinoff of tiny desk with a children’s book (that might speak to adults too). Sarah Raymond Cunningham’s “This is the Church” has a message particularly for these times. Thank you Beaming Books!

 ThisistheChurchcomp.mp4

In-Person Worship Suspended

We are suspending in-person worship tomorrow (March 15th) and into the coming weeks as we take precautions with our community for COVID-19.

Read more about we can worship together in spirit, and an important blood drive March 19th, here:COVIDandSMLC2

Tiny Desk Worship: March 15th Sermon

While in-person worship is suspended, we are worshipping together in spirit!

The readings and prayers are attached to this post, as well as the sermon for the day.  As an alternative to our normal introductions to the readings, you might check out the short clips from the Bible Project – they have often been a favorite of our confirmation students.

After the sermon, I’d invite you to follow the link to Page CXVI’s version of “Come Thou Fount” as a way to reflect on the living water Christ offers us anew, even in the midst of social distancing.
The peace of Christ be with you always.
+ Pastor Inger

Consider the following format:

First Reading:  Exodus 17:1-7
If you want to connect with scripture in a new way and remember the context for this story, watch the Bible Project’s overview of the first part of Exodus.  Our reading for today is summarized in the last 35 seconds.
Psalm 95
 
Romans 5:1-11
The Bible Project puts this passage in the context of the whole book of Romans here.  Our reading is summarized in the first two minutes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SVTl4Xa5fY
 

John 4:3-42 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

he left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)[a]10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you[b]say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I am he,[c] the one who is speaking to you.”

27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah,[d] can he?” 30 They left the city and were on their way to him.

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is already receiving[e] wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

Footnotes:

  1. John 4:9 Other ancient authorities lack this sentence
  2. John 4:20 The Greek word for you here and in verses 21 and 22 is plural
  3. John 4:26 Gk I am
  4. John 4:29 Or the Christ
  5. John 4:36 Or 35 . . . the fields are already ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is receiving
Sermon 
Song for Reflection – Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (ELW #807)
Prayers, and a special prayer for a pandemic (by Cameron Bellm)

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between their health and making the rent.
May we who have flexibility to care for our children when the schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the turmoil of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other
Let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbor.
Amen.

 
Lord’s Prayer
Blessing
Now is the acceptable time.
Now is the day of salvation.
May God bless you and keep you, offer you anew the living water,
and through Christ, connect you to this world in new ways.
Amen.

COVID19 and Shepherd of the Mountains

For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.

– 2 Timothy 1:7

Loving our neighbor through the self-discipline of adjusting worship, social distancing, and hygiene – and even as we limit reaching out with our hands, reaching out with our hearts and our words.  Please read the attached letter to find out more.

COVID19andSMLC

March 8th Sermon-Born of Water and Spirit

Sermon Audio

Sermon Text:

John 3:1-17 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.