Notes from Pastor Amy

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Sundays - 9:00 AM sanctuary ---------- wednesdays - 6:30 pm chapel

The latest at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stay up to date with the happenings of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church by visiting our blog. You'll find information such as announcements, sermon notes and thoughts from our pastor to encourage and challenge your walk with the Lord.

August Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

07/31/2022

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“I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” Ephesians 3:19This July, I had the privilege to take 4 youth to the Synod Journey Youth Gathering for a 4-day/3-night whirlwind of fun and games, bible study, fellowship, and worship. Throughout the weekend we talked and sang and prayed all about how God’s love is BOUNDLESS. Through God’s invitation, creation, forgiveness, and prom...
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July Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

07/05/2022

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Have you ever considered that the way you worship God the best might not be the same as the person who sits next to you in the pew? Some of us connect with God most genuinely in nature, some of us through song or art, some of us through tradition and ritual, some through quiet contemplation, and some through fervent action. This summer I will be leading us through a Sermon Series and Book Study based on the book “Sacred Pathways: Nine Ways to Connect with God” by Gary Thom...
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June Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

05/29/2022

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Have you ever considered that the way you worship God the best might not be the same as the person who sits next to you in the pew? Some of us connect with God most genuinely in nature, some of us through song or art, some of us through tradition and ritual, some through quiet contemplation, and some through fervent action. This summer I will be leading us through a Sermon Series and Book Study based on the book “Sacred Pathways: Nine Ways to Connect with God” by Gary Thom...
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May Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

05/01/2022

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"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” Luke 12:27Dear church,As I prepare this reflection in the last week of April, we have still been experiencing near-freezing temperatures and daily snow flurries! Nevertheless, this verse keeps running through my mind, helping me to have hope for the spring flowers that will eventually grow and bloom.I love taking photos of flowe...
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April Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

04/01/2022

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Dear Church,

This month, half in Lent and half in Easter, I want you to remember to observe and honor both sides of Easter. The waiting and grief of Holy Saturday, when the disciples did not know for sure that resurrection was coming, and the joy and possibility of the Easter Season, when Christ walked the earth again before he ascended into heaven. So here are two poems by Meta Herrick Carlson that capture those two moods. May they bless your hearts as they have blessed mi

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March Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

02/27/2022

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Winter is hard. It doesn’t matter if you grew up walking to school barefoot, uphill both ways, carrying your sister, through 3 feet of snow and you’ve developed effective strategies for staying warm in below-zero temperatures and have sturdy boots to deal with deep snowdrifts. Even if you are someone who enjoys outdoor winter sports and snow activities, every winter at about mid-February or early March, a lot of us are DONE with it. Winter has lasted too long. Bring on the...
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February Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

01/30/2022

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“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:8-9 I feel like this blessing speaks to the long, Northern Minnesota winter so deeply. In the ...
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January Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

01/03/2022

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“and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.“ ~Matthew 2:9b-10On Epiphany, we remember the story of the Magi following the star to Bethlehem to see the Christ child. They notice it in the sky and are guided by its light to the Holy Family. The arrival of the Magi symbolizes the inclusion of all people of the world into ...
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December Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

12/08/2021

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A Different Kind of Christmas LetterEveryone enjoys hearing from friends and extended family members who care enough to send holiday greetings. But the kind of Christmas letters that many people send – so sugarcoated that they may as well be cookies – sometimes can become repetitive and don’t actually communicate how God has been active in their lives and the message of Christmas itself.Usually, people write things like: John won an award at work and Susan volunteers at ou...
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November Newsletter Article

by: Joyce Bloomquist

10/31/2021

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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18When is it easiest to be thankful? When things are going good, right? While it might be easier to praise God when you are most happy and comfortable, it is just as important, if not more important, to thank God when things are not so good. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul tells the church in Thessalonica to rejoice always and give thanks in...
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October Newsletter Article

by: Amy Janssen

10/05/2021

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A Way to Go by Frederick Ohler

God of unceasing change

hear the gasps of those who are

stuck

trapped

addicted

perpetually adolescent

prematurely resigned

thinking that it will never get any better

clearer

or gentler for them.

Whisper…

thunder!

But do get through to them with the saving word

that persons need not stay the way they are.

  

Hear also the anxious, unspoken fears

of those who are productive

successful

comfortable

finding satisfaction in their work

pleasure in life

love at home

You in

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September Newsletter Article

by: Amy Janssen

09/08/2021

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4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith;7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching;8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. ~ Romans 12:4-8

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Mask Wearing

by: Amy Janssen

09/01/2021

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Gethsemane Family and Friends,

Our Lord Jesus repeatedly taught his disciples that we are to serve our neighbor, put others ahead of ourselves, and sacrifice for the sake of friend and foe alike. As followers of Jesus, we must continue to push back against a world that tells us that people are only responsible for themselves. We must be mindful of how our choices will benefit or harm our neighbor, not just ourselves. We are called by God use our freedom not for selfish gain

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