The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen

Called to Generous Compassion

June 18, 2017

Have you ever had the experience just after a season when you’ve hosted a number of guests or sleepovers, attended many celebrations, gone to church a number of times, like in Holy Week and Easter, or been traveling a lot. You’ve loved it all, made precious memories, enjoyed old and new friends or family, and then the last guest leaves, the traveling ends, the school or the new year begins, and you say, perhaps with a sigh of relief, OK we can get back to normal again.

The Divine Dance of the Trinity

June 11, 2017

Trinity Sunday really is one of my favorite Sundays. Not because I understand it but because I believe it gives us a model of how we are to live in relationship and community that is inspiring and empowering.  This year I am busy reading Richard Rohr’s book on the Trinity, ‘The Divine Dance’. It’s outstanding. It puts together for our day, the wisdom of the mystics through the ages, who understood the Trinity in a relational way and shed more light on who and how God is, than the theologians and their philosophical arguments.

Seeing Lent Differently

March 5, 2017

Here we are in Lent again – and we’re trying something different in our preaching! We’re going press conference style, with questions and answers. If you want to look ahead at the readings and send us questions, we will try and incorporate them into our sermons. I know there’s a question to start us:

Immigrants, aliens, and loving our neighbor as ourselves

February 19, 2017

The message of the Bible is often simple and clear. The challenge comes in interpreting how to concretely live out its simple message in our complex society: Love God, love your neighbor as yourself. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; Be merciful, just as your God is merciful Forgive others when they hurt you. Wash one another’s feet. Serve others. Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you.

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