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Remember That You Are Dust

Dear Partners in Ministry,

The “bright sadness” of the Lenten season will soon be upon us. Lent, a Christian practice dating to the 4th century, involves a 40-day journey when we “fast before we feast.”

It is a time of mindful preparation, one that the author Martin L. Smith refers to as a “season for the Spirit of truth” that begins with the words, “Remember that you…

Unfailing Light

As we continue through the miraculous stories in the season of Epiphany that reveal Christ to us, I am eagerly anticipating my favorite season in the church year: Lent. Yes, you read that right! Many would prefer skipping the season of Lent, especially those pesky, emotional services during Holy Week, and go straight to the celebration of Easter, but not me. I love turning inward, dwelling in the…

Hello, Salem!

My name is Laura Cooper, and I am the new office administrator at Salem Lutheran Church. I have 20 years of experience working in a church environment. I spent all those years at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood,

I'll See It Because I Believe It

I’ll see it because I believe it! I’ll do it because I know I can. I’ll believe it because I know I must. I’ll be it and I’ll be it to the very best of my ability.

Just starting there and being able to reflect and observe the different voices inside of us is a great place to start your self-awareness. The biggest challenges for most of us is we don’t know whose or what thoughts…

Jesus’ Mission Statement

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
  because he has anointed me
   to bring good news to the poor.

Change in Habits

The start of a new year new goals, Read more | Comments (0) | Jan 13, 2022

Canoeing the Mountains

Dear Ministry Partners,

There are moments when the pace of change and the disruption of what is familiar can be deeply upsetting. So much so, that the resulting discomfort and the loss of what once was may give rise to feelings of anger, grief, and bitter disappointment. Change and disruption may also fuel unfulfilled longings for an idealized return “to the way things used to be.”

The Light of Jesus

This week’s Gospel is the first section of the first chapter of the book of John. It is a fitting way to start the new year, because it will be 2022 by the time we read it in church this Sunday.

“John 1:1-18 is a poetic introduction of Jesus Christ. Jesus is referred to using the Greek word Logos, meaning ‘The Word.’ This passage clearly describes Jesus as identical to…

The 12 Days of Christmas

Did you know there are actually twelve days of Christmas? The count begins on Christmas day and ends on Epiphany, Jan. 6. I have always loved learning about the back story of songs and hymns, and thought I’d share the interesting story behind The 12 Days of Christmas.

The song begins, “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...” “True love”…

The Power of Prayer

As some of you know, my daughter Katie and her family have been on the prayer list of our church due to her recent diagnosis of lymphoma. It is Stage 3, meaning above and below the abdomen. The good news (if there can be any) is that lymphoma is a much more curable form of cancer. She has her two sisters here, a lot of friends’ support, and me. Mostly grandma support for an 8-year-old boy and…

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