The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen

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.

What Is God Calling You To Do?

January 25, 2015

It’s called lectionary spirituality. When the readings for the day, chosen by committee numerous years ago, fit completely with what is happening. Today across the diocese, most churches are holding their annual meetings, and these readings really fit! Especially for us, as we hold up our mission covenant today and think about how each one of us can be engaged in making it a reality.

From Selma to South Africa to Silicon Valley

January 18, 2015

Last week I saw the movie Selma. How many of you have seen it? If you haven’t, go and see it. Though I understand that many more people have seen American Sniper than it, I think every American should see Selma.


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