Love is the final word

Sermon by Bianca Vazquez from Sunday, November 17th highlighting the Steinburck Center Hostel Ministry. Hello everyone, good morning. I know many of you in the room, but for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Bianca Vazquez and I am the Program Coordinator for the Steinbruck Center....

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Holy Spirit Movement

We give thanks to Lauren Haywood for her reflections on a 10 week summer immersion in ministry with Luther Place.  As some of her friends commented, you have the most unusual combination of activities in your summer with Luther Place. We respond:  that’s part of the joy of urban ministry!...

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Abraham & Promises’ of God

The Story of the Old Testament:  Abraham and the Promises of God by Caroline Henne In week 2 of our Sunday School class, we moved from the broad scope of the first part of Genesis (Creation, Fall, Flood, Tower of Babel), to a much more narrowly focused story starting in...

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Creation and Creativity

The Story of the Old Testament:  Creation  and Creativity by Caroline Henne For the next six weeks, I’m teaching a new Adult Education class called “The Story of the Old Testament”.   Each week we’ll be examining a major event or time period in the Old Testament story and I’ll be...

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Devotion-Partial Shut Down

As we continue to bear the pain of the Partial Shut Down, we have an opportunity to reflect on our faith as it relates to public life. Here is a Scripture story about a public leader and his encounter with Jesus. Spend some time in prayer over this today. Thursday,...

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Partial Shut Down

October 1, 2013 Partial Shut Down Shutting down parts of ourselves — its a tendency we all have. The homeless man sleeping overnight on the church steps The weary mother walking with the screaming child The young man finally counting the costs of a high pressure career path The older...

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Sunflower Witness

She is on her tiptoes talking on her cell phone gazing intently at the heavy seeded head of  one of the 12 foot sunflowers leaning out over the DC sidewalk From across the street I imagine her animation around dinner plans or life plans or complaints that DC work never...

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On the edge of autumn

As part of our Spiritual Growth Listening Team we have been listening to people in the Congregation; asking them what their longings are for deepening spiritual practices.  And we have been hearing a communal desire to go deeper. One opportunity  at Luther Place is Spirituality Matters, a gathering the first and...

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To the bottle boy

Your soiled clothes gave it away It was not the horn you blew Like trumpets announcing the arrival of the king Not a shofar but Shabbab A young man with a shopping cart full of bottles Who hopped in and out of dumpsters As touring tourist rush to see the...

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