Finding a Well; Rev. Dee Ledger, June 20, 2020

Have you ever feared being replaced?  It’s a common fear.  Perhaps you work in a department that is considering downsizing in the pandemic.  Perhaps you are anticipating saying goodbye to an adult child who is getting married or forming a new relationship or moving out and who is currently making space for a new nuclear… [Read More]

Delay Not: A Message for Juneteenth Sunday; Rev. Dee Ledger, June 14, 2020

Perhaps to some, it may seem unusual for this particular congregation to have a Juneteenth service, though we have held a Juneteenth service before.  In some parts of this country and in some congregations, Sunday Juneteenth services coincide with Juneteenth celebrations in various towns and states.  For those who may not be familiar with Juneteenth,… [Read More]

Relationship; A Message for Trinity Sunday; Rev. Dee, June 7, 2020

The English crime-writer, Dorothy Sayers, was once quoted as saying, “The whole [Trinity] thing is incomprehensible… If it were comprehensible, nobody would have struggled to make it comprehensible in the various creeds of the church(es). Nobody has yet succeeded, and perhaps the very incomprehensibility is why we no longer pay more than lip service to… [Read More]

To Be Church; A Pentecost Message, Rev Dee Ledger, May 31, 2020

Twice this week, I saw graffiti.  The first was on a church monument at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis.  The pastor took several the clergy virtually around the neighborhood after the events of this past week.  She showed the local bookstore, shops, the burned out 3rd precinct, the housing that her church helped… [Read More]

The Good in Goodbye; Rev. Dee Ledger, May 24, 2020 Ascension Sunday

Ascension Sunday has become a bit of an oddity to explain to the church.  The day celebrates—celebrates—Jesus’ leaving the disciples again.  As if the first time wasn’t quite enough:  with trials and crosses, Roman overlords and an unbelievable resurrection to boot.  In our passage from this first chapter of Acts, our biblical writer gives us… [Read More]

Shrines, Rev. Dee Ledger, May 17, 2020

  Do you, in these days of sheltering-in-place, find yourselves looking longingly at travel photos or foreign cities or places unknown to you?    Do you ever imagine yourself walking the village streets of Portugal, visiting the faraway ruins of Egypt, or browsing the markets of the Mediterranean?    I’ve been thumbing some of those… [Read More]

Refocus; Rev. Dee Ledger, May 10, 2020

“Do not let your hearts be troubled…” These are the words Jesus says to us this morning.  I don’t know about you, but I have been troubled lately.  Subtract the feeling of being shut-in, or the act of caring for children 24/7– that’s not what is troubling me.  Introvert that I am, I can find… [Read More]

Abundance; Rev. Dee Ledger, May 3, 2020

This past week I compiled a grocery list and headed off to our local grocery store.  It never fails to surprise me—those empty shelves of cleaning products, yeast, baking supplies, and paper goods.  Some joke about the shortage of toilet paper, but I was on the hunt for hydrogen peroxide.  The shelf was empty—and not… [Read More]

Discovering Delight; Rev. Dee Ledger, April 26, 2020

It’s a custom that may seem shockingly out of place in this time of pandemic.  Bright Sunday or Holy Humor Sunday is usually celebrated by Christian congregations on the Sunday after Easter.  Traditionally, Bright Sunday celebrates Easter joy, and the custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa,… [Read More]

Unless We See… Rev. Dee Ledger, April 19, 2020

My little boy came to me the other day and showed me his right side where he had a nasty brush burn from colliding with the street after crashing his bike last week.  “Look, Mommy,” he proudly showed me, “It is healing.”  His brother wasn’t as convinced.  He, himself, had taken a different sort of… [Read More]