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Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, all activities at the church, including worship, are suspended until further notice.

In the meantime, we will continue to record a weekly service to post online - you can view on our Worship page. We are also making portions of this service available via print and mail for those who do not have internet access.

Pastoral care is still available - please contact Pastor Brian

Good Advice from Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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The Beauty of the Lord

A few years ago I brought home an old book from the small library we have at Our Saviours:  The Lutheran Liturgy.  It was written back in 1958 and is a classic about the development of worship in the Church at large, and in the Lutheran church in particular.

There are many aspects to being a pastor that I enjoy.  I enjoy visiting the sick and those who are shut-in.  I enjoy teaching.  I enjoy writing articles for our church newsletter.  But at the top of my list of favorite duties is leading worship. 

Worship is at the heart of the Church's life, and in the life of the Christian.  There is nothing that influences our lives as Christians more than worship. 

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Why Does He Do It?

This morning Alaine and I walked around Phalen Lake.  The weather was almost perfect.  And the lake was full to overflowing after all the rain we've had lately.  

I like to walk on week days, early in the mornings.  The path isn't as crowded then.   

For the most part our walk was uneventful.  We didn't talk a lot.  We just enjoyed the scenery and the fresh air.  As we walked, we exchanged hellos with a few other hikers.  

We crossed paths with an unusual man. 

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A Harsh and Dreadful Thing

In his classic novel Brothers Karamazov, Feodor Dostoevsky tells the story of Father Zossima, a wise and humble Russian monk.

In the story people travel from nearby towns and villages, seeking the good Father's spiritual advice. One day a woman arrives at his cell to talk to him. She has a big problem, the woman explains.  Slowly, over the course of many years, she has lost her faith, and therefore, her reason to live.  Father Zossima must give her a reason to believe again, she says, or she will kill herself.

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The Long Loneliness

For as long as I can remember I have loved to read.  When I was in elementary school I read through the entire series of Hardy Boys detective stories.  I can still recall finishing the last one.  I savored each and every page with a bittersweet feeling.  I wondered what I would read next.  I worried that I would never find a book that I would enjoy as much as I had enjoyed the Hardy Boys adventures.    

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