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  • 7 Easter B

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on May 30, 2003
    based on 115 ratings
     | 8,440 views

    Have you ever had anyone tell you they are praying for you? Jesus is praying for you asking protection and sanctification.

    7 Easter B John 17:6-19 1 June 2003 Rev. Roger N. Haugen Have you ever had someone tell you they are praying for you? Likely we all have had people pray for us, but it is different when someone tells you they are praying for you. It might happen when you are going through a difficult time ...read more

  • 5 Easter B

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on May 14, 2003
    based on 65 ratings
     | 1,939 views

    Pruning is essential in gardening and in life. We are created to love and a pruned connection to the true vine results in the fruit of love.

    5 Easter B John 15:1-8 18 May 2003 Rev. Roger Haugen I don’t know a lot about vines and grapes. I have a brother who helps out in a vineyard near Victoria where he is learning about the wine business. He tells me that in the fall they prune the vine aggressively, down to just a main vine ...read more

  • 3 Easter B

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on May 2, 2003
    based on 69 ratings
     | 3,180 views

    In our worship Jesus comes among us and tells us "Peace be with You." Our worship reflects the events of the resurrection.

    3 Easter B Luke 24:36b-48 4 May 2003 Rev. Roger Haugen A young pastor was fishing for comments at the door following one of his sermons that he felt was particularly profound. One older man responded, “Sometimes we come to church because of the pastor and sometimes we come in spite of the ...read more

  • 5 Lent B

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Apr 7, 2003
    based on 66 ratings
     | 4,167 views

    In these dark times we need to walk with Jesus through the darkness of his crucifixion and death so that as he is "lifted up" we can know that in the darkest of times he will be there for us to bring new life.

    5 Lent B John 12:20-33 6 April 2003 Rev. Roger Haugen We live in dark and dangerous times. The stability we crave in life seems shaken every time we turn around. Jobs are continually downsized, the mutual funds that were to give us security in our retirement send out notices of negative ...read more

  • 3 Lent B

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Mar 25, 2003
    based on 40 ratings
     | 2,271 views

    In a time of war it is important to be reminded of God’s intention for the world and for us.

    3 Lent B Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Cor. 1:18-25, John 2:13-22 March 2003 Rev. Roger Haugen It has been a tough week. The tension of the build-up to war has sapped many of us of energy. The war that seemed so inevitable, yet undesirable has arrived and we are not left untouched. There have been ...read more

  • Cross Carrying

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Mar 17, 2003
    based on 58 ratings
     | 3,650 views

    Jesus instructs us, if we want to be a follower, to deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow.

    2 Lent B Mark 8:31-38 16 March 2003 Rev. Roger Haugen Just verses before we have Peter declaring, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God!” Jesus is the Messiah, the one who has come to save his people, to lift them above the “oppressor’s rod”, to bring about the Kingdom of God where ...read more

  • Baptism Of Our Lord B

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Jan 10, 2003
    based on 67 ratings
     | 1,773 views

    Out of chaos comes the words, "You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased."

    Baptism of Our Lord B 12 January 2003 Mark 1:4-11, Genesis 1:1-5 Rev. Roger Haugen The Genesis reading is one of my favourites. You get a sense of this wonderful, foreboding mass of moving water. This is the little Hebrew I still remember. Verse 2 “the earth was a formless void and ...read more

  • 3 Advent B

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Dec 13, 2002
    based on 80 ratings
     | 2,684 views

    The prophet Isaiah speaks of one who comes to bring good news to the oppressed. God gives us eyes to see hope in the midst of darkness.

    3 Advent B Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 15 December 2002 Rev. Roger Haugen Christmas is a time of images. We so easily create mind pictures of gentle snow and evergreen trees. We imagine presents under decorated Christmas tree, good food whose smell invites us to taste and enjoy. We think of angels ...read more

  • 1 Advent B

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Dec 4, 2002
    based on 66 ratings
     | 3,531 views

    Jesus invites us to "Watch, stay awake". As we watch, we are invited to see through the eyes of Jesus. Watching helps us to see the hope in the midst of terror.

    1 Advent B Mark 13:24-37 1 December 2002 Rev. Roger Haugen Elie Wiesel is a Jewish writer whose novels prod the depths of the Holocaust, asking difficult questions of humanity and of God. In Night, a child hangs from a S.S. gallows and the question goes up, “Where is God?” Wiesel writes: ...read more

  • Romans 8 Funeral

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Dec 3, 2002
    based on 199 ratings
     | 17,664 views

    Death of a young man in a car accident. This is no time for trite words or easy answers because there are no easy answers for a time like this.

    _______ Funeral 2 December 2002 John 14:1-6, Romans 8:31-39 There is a dark picture that was painted centuries ago called “The March of Death”. The message is clear. It pictures death marching through the throngs of humanity calling, at will, whom he chooses. He called the young and the ...read more

  • Christ The King

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Nov 22, 2002
    based on 68 ratings
     | 3,055 views

    Jesus knows us by how we love those in need around us.

    Christ the King Sunday Matthew 25:31-46 24 November 2002 Rev. Roger Haugen “The West Wing” is a popular television program that documents the life in the White House. All of the intrigue and events of the day are reflected in the weekly episode. This past week begins with the president ...read more

  • 26 Pentecost A

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Nov 15, 2002
    based on 43 ratings
     | 1,483 views

    Jesus commends the servants who risk trusting the master and produce good return but scolds the servant who is motivated in fear and fails to trust the master.

    26Pentecost A Matthew 25:14-30 17 November 2002 Rev. Roger Haugen This summer, while we attended the Synod Convention in Swift Current, a friend pointed out one particularly fine house. It belonged to a person who was somewhat of a hero in the area. In that ranching area, one gains a certain ...read more

  • 25 Pentecost A

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Nov 8, 2002
    based on 67 ratings
     | 1,306 views

    Championships are won when the stands are empty. We make daily choices that may not be glamorous but are foundational to our faith. Only in difficult times are the foundations tested.

    25 Pentecost A Matthew 25:1-13 10 November 2002 Rev. Roger Haugen There is a slogan written on the walls of a football locker room somewhere that says, “Championships are won when the stands are empty”. When you think about it you know it is true. If it were not for hard work at many ...read more

  • Thanksgiving

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Oct 11, 2002
    based on 75 ratings
     | 5,231 views

    Remembering helps us to see God’s long view rather than our short view. Thanksgiving for the long view.

    Thanksgiving Sunday Deuteronomy 8:7-18 13 October 2002 Rev. Roger Haugen This is a difficult year to celebrate Thanksgiving. Most years, at this time, the harvest is in, the bins full, or even piles of grain on the ground. Thanksgiving, in most years, is a time we find it easy to be ...read more

  • 19 Pentecost A

    Contributed by Roger Haugen on Sep 28, 2002
    based on 86 ratings
     | 3,898 views

    Doing the will of God, even though not exactly as quickly as God had hoped, is still better than saying we will and never getting around to it.

    19 Pentecost A Matthew 21:23-32 29 September 2002 Rev. Roger Haugen Do you remember what happened 30 years ago this week? 1972. Does the name Paul Henderson help out? Yes, 30 years ago this week Paul Henderson scored arguably the most famous goal ever scored in the history of hockey. It is ...read more