The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen

Watch! Keep Awake! For the world is about to turn.

November 30, 2014

It’s no surprise to many of you that I prefer summer to winter and I have a hard time being cold. When daylight savings ends and it gets darker earlier and longer, I go into a funk and would prefer to stay indoors most of the time. There’s a part of me that wants to hibernate with a book or music, hot chocolate or a glass of wine, and a fire in the fireplace, until winter is over.

The Power of Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

Meister Eckhart, the 12th century philosopher and mystic, said that “if the only prayer you say in your life is Thank you, that will suffice.”

Taking the Risk of Faith (8am service)

November 16, 2014

Yesterday our diocese of El Camino Real held completed our 34th convention, and the theme was ‘Be the Church.’ It was a mostly inspiring time with of course the sometimes tedious work of committees and institutions, led by our very inspiring and amazing Bishop Mary. She led us with grace, with honesty, with tears sometimes as she led this first one since her husband died.

Choose Love

October 26, 2014

Today is a wonderful celebration that combines our special festival day to honor St Jude, the patron saint of desperate cases, or hopeless causes. A saint who has brought hope to countless number of people were in desperate and hopeless situations, prayed a desperate prayer and found their prayers answered and found hope. It was a desperate prayer to St Jude that resulted many years later, in St Jude’s Children’s Hospital being built.

It Matters How We Live

October 12, 2014

Jesus seems to have the art of telling stories about the good news of the gospel that upset his listeners. Those stories upset us too. They confront us with the question of who we are to be and how we are to live, how we respond to God’s radical grace and live it out.

Walking the Way of Gratitude

October 5, 2014

“All things come from You, O God, and of your own do we give you.”  These are the words that I say every week, when the offertory is brought forward to the altar to be blessed. They remind us of our place in the universe, they remind us who we are. These words have everything to do with this somewhat difficult parable that Jesus told in today’s gospel.

Outrageous Generosity and Undeserved Grace

September 21, 2014

Did you ever read the book or see the movie Chocolat?  It is set in a small town in France in 1959. This town was described by their community as tranquil. They trusted the wisdom of ages past, lived with the values of tradition, family and morality.  The church and the priest, who preached a faith of rules and a rigid morality, kept them in place. But the wind blew a newcomer into town, a single mother with her child, who was not like them. She lived opposite the church and started to transform the town through her open, gracious and generous treatment of the people.

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