The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen

Love transfigures, Love transforms

February 10, 2013

One of the best short hikes I ever went on was during a week long silent retreat. I was at a retreat center near a large dam, in an area I did not know. I climbed a small hill on a beautiful hot day, complete with bright blue African sky and not a single cloud. I sweated as I climbed up the rich, red-earth hill, with the signature African thorn bushes and not many trees for shade.

Jesus' Mission Statement

January 27, 2013

It really is good to be back in this part of the world. Thank you so much for your prayers while I was away. Last weekend I participated in the consecration of Margaret Vertue, who was ordained to the priesthood with me twenty years ago. She became the first Anglican woman bishop in South Africa and the second in Southern Africa. It was quite a marvelous occasion, with over four thousand people attending and all the prayerful solemnity and grace of a truly Anglican occasion. It was also a time of nostalgia.

It's All About Love

January 13, 2013

Have you ever paused to wonder just why Jesus was baptized? If baptism was the outward sign of repentance for sin and we know Jesus to be without sin, then why did Jesus go to be baptized? This question has occupied the minds of many of the thinkers of the church. In the early days of the church it was suggested by some that Jesus came for baptism because his mother and brothers pressurized him to do so.

Coming Home Via Another Way

January 6, 2013

What would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men?

They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought practical gifts. But what might they have said when they left ?

"Did you see the sandals Mary was wearing with that gown?"

"That baby doesn't look anything like Joseph!"

"Can you believe that they let all of those disgusting animals in there!"

What Kind of King is This?

November 25, 2012


Every week, every day, I learn so many new things about St Judes and the people of this wonderful faith community. Last week I learned that at Easter you all sing the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. At All Saints Pasadena, for the last few years they have sung the Hallelujah chorus on this Sunday today, which is known as Christ the King or the Reign of Christ Sunday. So now we can sing it twice a year if you want to!

Gratitude as a Way of Life

November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving holiday is a new holiday for me, not one that I grew up with, and I only discovered it as a seminary student when the international students were invited to a large Thanksgiving dinner in a church hall and none of us really appreciated what was happening as none of us were American! This is only the second time I have preached at Thanksgiving and I am grateful for the opportunity.


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