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Communion Update during COVID-19

“…and he said, ‘Do this, in remembrance of me.’”Luke 22:19  Today is Maundy Thursday, the day we worship and traditionally celebrate Jesus’ final meal with his disciples. This “Last Supper” we call a sacrament, as Jesus instructs us to do it and assures us that he will be...
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Devotion: God with us in hard times

“…and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, ‘God is with us.’” John 10:11 In the midst of fears, school closings, working at home, toilet paper shortages and a general disruption of every public aspect of our lives, we stop and think. As we prepare to have more downtime than...
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Rocks

I spent Sunday harvesting rocks. The irony was not lost on me since I spent the morning listening to Pastor Michelle deliver an excellent sermon on Peter. In the fields next to our acreage, there are a couple of spots where, every year, quartz rise to the surface. These wreak...
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God Sighting: A Good Shepherd

By Pastor Greg Bouvier Each time I travel to our sister parish in Tanzania, Karansi Lutheran, Pastor Joshua Laiser takes me on some kind of adventure. Karansi is a small town on the edge of civilization. It would be much like a small town on the edge of the sandhills region of...
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The Last Straw – Some Thoughts on Post-Christmas Worship

Each year on Christmas Day, it is my tradition to head to church and pick up the straw that we spread around our manger scene. My family is usually less than thrilled with this act of service – and justifiably so (haven’t you already done enough, dear?). And while I feel...
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Greg Bouvier ordination

Reflections on 24 years of Artisanship and Pastoring

Today is the 24th anniversary of my ordination. It is a day of reflection, gratitude and prayer. My favorite devotional book is written for pastors, The Art of Pastoring by William Martin. And while I love his devotions, I am not so thrilled with his title. I believe that, as a...
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Devotion: Lonely Together

Luke 6:27-42 Love for Enemies“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not...
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Independence Day

Seek to live as a hero, while not trying to claim yourself as one. Rather enjoy lifting someone else to that status, so that you can find true joy in living.
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Devotion: Compassion

Mark 1:35-39 A Preaching Tour in Galilee “In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He...
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Devotion: Radical Gratitude

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Do you remember a moment in which a story cut you straight to the heart? As you most likely know, I’m a storyteller! So I can...
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God Sighting: Sharing Talents

You may have noticed the new garage at the south end of our Sheridan property. Our congregation benefited from the work of Sheridan member, Jason Patefield, who spearheaded the project. Two years ago, when Sheridan entered into an agreement to provide space for Allo to have a...
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God Sighting: Partnership

We knew we wanted to do something special to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Nebraska Synod’s relationship with Tanzania, but we were not quite certain what to do. We heard that the Nebraska Synod was bringing someone to Nebraska for the Assembly in June, so we didn’t want to...
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