The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen

Jesus Undoes the Work of Brokenness

June 7, 2015

What did you think when you heard the gospel passage today? I an guessing there were at least a few places where you thought, that’s ridiculous, what on earth does that mean, and what on earth was Jesus talking about! This is one of those passages we need to unpack to see what it means for us today.

Trinity Sunday: God, In Relationship

May 31, 2015

Jesus said, Who do people say that I am? 

And his disciples answered and said, Some say you are John the Baptist returned from the dead; others say Elijah,  or another of the old prophets. 

And Jesus answered and said, But who do you say that I am? 

The Great Commandment

May 10, 2015

The Beatles song really did get it right. All you need is love. This is really very simple, yet really complex when we try to live it out in our complex world. This week, the focus is again on God’s love, and abiding in God’s love. We are still in the middle of Jesus’ farewell discourse in the upper room, his last words to his disciples.

It's About Love

May 3, 2015

In the book The Life of Pi, there is a section where the young Hindu boy, Pi, discovers the Christian faith. Or rather, discovers and meets the one he calls “That troublesome rabbi of long ago.” And Pi sits and listens to a priest tell the story of God’s love, and every question he asks he is quite amused as to why these things would happen to a god. The priest only has one answer to all of Pi’s questions about Jesus. So Pi asks him, “Why would God die?

Easter Sunday 2015

April 5, 2015

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Happy Easter everyone, Alleluia! Alleluia!

I want to make sure you look behind the flowering cross, under the altar behind me, and remind you how different it looked for the season of Lent. For those who are visiting, the Perspex container was filled with pieces of coal, with a few crystals mingled in. Today it looks entirely different! Alleluia! The container is empty, and the crystals are everywhere, sparkling in the light, telling the story that Christ is risen, Alleluia!

Losing one’s life in order to keep it

March 22, 2015

My former rector, Ed Bacon, told a story in a sermon a few years ago that I have never forgotten, it made a huge impact on me. His friend lives in Israel, and is an orthodox Jew named Yitzhak Frankenthal. His handsome nineteen-year-old son was kidnapped by Hamas in July of 1994. Arik was his name and Arik was returning home from his Army base on a weekend pass. Waiting at an intersection a car pulled over and the driver offered him a ride. Too late, Arik realized that he had been kidnapped. He fought hard for his life but there were three terrorists in the car and Arik was alone.

Jesus' Outrage in the Temple - Where is Ours?

March 8, 2015

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Today’s gospel may well be one of those unforgettable church moments that we remember and talk about for years to come. Thank you Laura, Billie, Marcus and the choir!

The Language of Lent is Love, the Work of Lent is Transformation

February 22, 2015

Here we are at the beginning of another Lent. We are in, ready or not. If you missed the start of it, that’s ok! You are here today. I want to invite us to think differently about lent. I believe that The Language of Lent is Love, the Work of Lent is Transformation.

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