Called Alongside Of – Pentecost 2024
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by Pastor Andrew
1w ago
Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 This weekend, in the life of the church, we celebrate the day of Pentecost.  The day, when following Jesus’ ascension into heaven, the Holy Spirit is sent from the Father over the apostles and the crowds gathered in Jerusalem.  Moving through them…  Entering into them…  As it’s recorded at the end of Acts chapter 2, converting three thousand people into faithful followers of Christ in the blink of an eye. Bible scholars often regard this weekend’s text from the Acts of the Apostles – describing these events – as one of the more fantastic ..read more
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Our Mothering God
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by lbakermikesell
2w ago
I want to begin today with a note of thanks for the many of you who helped to celebrate my ordination day last Sunday, be it in person, online, or in spirit.  It was a wonderful day, filled with so much love, happiness, and joy, and one that I quite frankly, haven’t quite processed.  The sanctuary at  Christ Lutheran was filled with so many people, from near and far, that have been instrumental in my life and in my faith journey, and family that I hadn’t seen in months.  I remember processing in, taking  my seat next to Pastor Andrew on my left, and realizing that my g ..read more
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Rite of Ordination
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by KClowney
3w ago
of Elizabeth Baker-Mikesell to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament Sermon by Bishop James S. Dunlop May 5, 2024 Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, PA Isaiah 40:1-11 How are you? How is your day? We ask these questions to each other all the time. It is often how we greet one another, and frequently we respond, good or OK. But I wonder if we really want to know how you are or how your day is. Sometimes we have a bad day. Do people really want to know? The other day in the synod office Pastor Richard Jorgensen, Deacon Marsha Roscoe, and I were meeting. Richard said his previous day wa ..read more
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A Language of Love
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by Pastor Andrew
3w ago
John 15: 9-17 Most of us, I think, would agree that words are important.  What we say and how we say what we say matters, right?  Words are important.  Our words, in any situation, at any given time, reflecting a piece of who we are.  Our words express our beliefs – our thoughts on this or that… of what we value in life and what we don’t… of what is important to us and what is not… They express our emotions – on how we feel amidst life’s many ups and downs and for the people that walk with us through it all.  They shape our identity, and too, how people identify with u ..read more
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Pruning Good Grapes
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by lbakermikesell
1M ago
What is a job that you’ve thought may be fun to do sometime? It may be a zookeeper, scooping ice cream at a local shop during the summers, or using your Gettysburg history knowledge as a Battlefield Tour Guide. Four years ago, in April of 2020, I found my “fun” job was desperate to find something to occupy my time after two months in COVID lockdown.                                                                       &nb ..read more
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A Shepherd in the Race
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by lbakermikesell
1M ago
This past Monday, 30,000 athletes gathered in the streets of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, ready to start  their 26.2 mile journey into the city of Boston.  Thousands of people watched either along the course, or on ESPN (like I did) with a sense of wonder, determination, and an inkling that “maybe I should do another marathon?”  Among the professional athletes running the race, including Olympic runners and elite athletes including winners Sisay Lenna and Helen Obiri -was one man who finished the Boston Marathon this year and earned his six-star Abbot world Marathon majors medal ..read more
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A Foundation of Forgiveness
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by Pastor Andrew
1M ago
Luke 24: 36b-48 Looking through the pages of history, while I think we’d all agree that every moment bears some measure of significance, there are those moments – those events, those natural occurrences, those human actions – that have measurable significance in much larger ways.  Some, for better or for worse, forever changing the course of the days ahead. The first use of fire by humankind, dating back as far as 2 million years ago.  Those first forms of communication – of language.  The invention of the wheel.  Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press.  Alexander ..read more
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Palm Sunday – A Procession of Love
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by Pastor Andrew
2M ago
It was a spring day, in the year 33 AD – the beginning of the week of Passover – what was and continues to be recognized as the most sacred week of the Jewish year.  Members of the Jewish faithful from all over the Roman world made their way to Jerusalem – the capital city of ancient Israel… to the temple – the center of sacred imagination for the Jewish people, believed to be God’s dwelling place on earth.  Roughly a quarter million travelling from their homes, some for days on end, for a time of worship and celebration. Coming together to remember – to thank God, for God’s delivera ..read more
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Love Amidst the Silence
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by Pastor Andrew
2M ago
John 3:14-21 This past week, the ELCA Conference of Bishops issued an official statement calling for the permanent bilateral cease-fire in Gaza…  Adding its’ voice to the ever-increasing group of faith leaders across the world – including the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope – who, to put it bluntly, are fed up with all the violence and suffering in the Land we deem Holy…  Urging President Biden and our nation’s legislators to do everything in their power to bring it to an end… to begin to lay the foundation for peace… For those who haven’t been following the conflict as closely ..read more
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The Gospel According to Frozen
Sermons at St. James Gettysburg
by lbakermikesell
3M ago
Good Morning! We’re going to begin today’s message with a word association game. Here’s how it works. I’ll give you a few words, and you tell me how they are connected. There’s a theme.  Apple Seven Mirror Sleep Answer: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Underwater Red hair Legs Voice Answer: The Little Mermaid Snowman Ice Gloves Scandinavia Answer: Frozen The last one, Frozen, has been a family favorite for a little over 10 years. It tells the story of Princess Elsa, a girl born with special ice powers. Afraid of what her powers could do, she self-isolates in her castle, until her cor ..read more
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