Today, the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we hear from Annemarie Russell as she shares her and her family's story -- their detour -- of becoming Matthew's adoptive family. Just as Joseph and Mary had to recognize the alternate route their lives would take with the birth of Jesus, we are invited to consider how our families reshape our paths, and even our very concept of family.
Our Advent theme this year is DETOUR: When Life Gets in The Way. The story of Jesus’ birth, God’s love coming to us in the flesh, is not a story with a simple interpretation. In fact, the entire story is divergent from what was expected, not only at that time in history, but also today. What does it mean for us to embrace the alternate routes on which we’re lead, especially when our personal, cultural, and religious expectations are telling us another thing? This season, join the journey of Advent and embrace the detour.
Amber North from the New Bethlehem Day Center shares with us about her own journey with learning to let go and trust in God's leading.
Pastor Terry Kyllo preaches on the parable of the Widow's mite. It's a surprising story that challenges us to examine our own points of privilege and power, especially when we are unaware of how unjust systems benefit those in power, and push down those who are in the minority. Where does Jesus stand?
The parable of the great banquet ends in a strange and violent way. It causes us to raise our eyebrows and wonder how this is Good News? Guest preacher Katy McCallum Sachse invites us to recognize the character of God in this parable as something that is truly surprising.
Reformation Sunday was this past Sunday and we spent the day watching football and praying for one another. We're sharing a sermon from last year that was originally preached on Oct. 29, 2017 by Sara Wolbrecht during our Chunk of Change fall series.
At Salt House we believe in radical inclusivity - any and all people are welcome, especially because of the diversity they bring to our community. We believe this stance to be congruent with the revolutionary love of Jesus, as well as the reforming work of Martin Luther - a Roman Catholic friar who, 500 years ago next week, on October 31, 1517, began a revolution that forever changed the trajectory of the western church. This Sunday, we'll acknowledge this historical moment and explore what it means that Salt House is in fact a Lutheran (Evangelical Luthern Church in America) church - and why that matters for us as people who are changed to bring change in our world today, together.
The 2nd chapter of Acts gives a great framework for how to live IN community. Ryan Marsh explores this dynamic, invitational text and asks us to consider how we might engage more fully with those we love (and who love us) best.
It's a girl! It's a boy! These words can mean so much and set the tone and trajectory of our lives. Kim explores what it means to live a gendered life and why it matters for us, especially today.
Our conversation of engaging in relationship continues Sunday as we experience our relationship "UP" with God in the ancient practice of Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina helps us to pay attention to the intersection of the Bible with the present reality of our lives. We make space to listen together.
Ryan is currently a medical student at Bastyr University. He grew up in an Evangelical home and got many (mixed) messages about what the Bible says about our bodies. As his faith has grown through a diversity of experiences, so has his understanding of the connections between body, mind, and spirit. Even so, he still has many, many questions.
All the things! Pastor Sara weaves together all the things for jam-packed sermon. We're staring off with a bang as we are launching our new fall series LIFE:TIME along with our pathway for deeper engagement at Salt House. Listen in and get ready for an engaging, fun fall season.
This is the final Sunday of our COLLABORATE series as we put the exclamation point on our YES, AND journey focusing on the importance of AND.
We welcome Terry Kyllo, Sherry Bupp, and Nura Marouf to speak at Salt House, each sharing different perspectives and experiences of the Muslim faith.
Looking at the history of the Christian church, it may be surprising to hear that the Bible points us NOT toward a church building as the sacred place where we encounter God, but reveals that all time and space is sacred. What does it take to say YES, AND to our God who comes to us disguised as our life?
Stories matter - which is why at Salt House, we make room to share our stories, listening for the holy and listening for resonance in our shared stories. Anna Offenwanger shares her Salt House Story - wrestling through what it means to say YES, AND when we don't know where it will lead us.
Is God still speaking? What does it mean to hear God? In the language of our current sermon series: how do we say YES, AND to hearing God? We explore the landscape of listening through our regular practice of Lectio Divina. Join us as we listen, together.
Terry Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor and the director of Neighbors in Faith, an organization in Seattle addressing issues of islamophobia. Neighbors in Faith (NIF) is an effort undertaken by Christians and Muslims to encourage neighborly relationships between Muslims and people of all faith and non-faith traditions so that together we can work for a more peaceful world.
Discover more about Neighbors in Faith at www.neighborsinfaith.org
Jesus, perhaps the most powerful human to walk this planet, used the power and privilege he had to stand in solidarity with the poor and oppressed. As we wrestle with how to embody Jesus' radical, counter-cultural example, we are invited to look for practical ways to recognize and say YES, AND to our power and privilege for the sake of those who are underprivileged and oppressed.
One of our core practices at Salt House is that STORIES MATTER. God's story, our collective story, and our personal stories. Today, we spend time by reflecting on our own stories through the process of writing about how and when we've said YES! Grab a pen and paper!
We welcome Pastor Shelly Bryan Wee to Salt House! Pastor Shelly currently serves as Assistant to the Bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod (ELCA). She has been intimately involved in our process of becoming an independent congregation (you may recognize her from our April 29th meeting where we voted on all the things). Shelly will be sharing a word on VOCATION while Pastor Sara is on VACATION : )
Salt House is BRAND NEW...well, sort of. Today, we celebrate our first Sunday as an independent, recognized congregation of the ELCA. And it's an important day as we say THANK YOU to all the folks from Trinity Lutheran Church who graciously said the costly "yes" which allowed the space for Salt House to be born.
Today, against the backdrop of PRIDE Weekend and through the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, we explore what it means to say YES, AND to LOVE.
At Jesus' resurrection, his most transcendent moment, the moment that set him apart from the rest of humankind, he remained recognizably one of us. He came back wearing skin. He did not leave his body behind. You see, the Jesus story is one that includes our bodies as deeply spiritual - yet this is contrary to what we often hear from Christian pulpits. How can we reclaim the sacred ordinariness of the skin we live in?
When we collaborate with all we have, including our money, we're invited into a posture of open-handedness that affirms the desire to say YES to what God has in store for us.
The mystery and gift of Holy Communion. Pastor Sara shares how we collaborate with God, opening our hands and hearts to receive grace, even and especially when we want to keep our hands closed.
When we talk about living in the Spirit, we learn to recognize the animating force that moves through all things.
Today we kick off our COLLABORATE series. And the process of saying "yes, and..." together starts with a very specific and unusual act: saying "no." Pastor Sara orients us in how following Jesus in the "yes" begins with know what to say "no" to.
Star Wars Sunday with Tim Clemensen
Today we are saying a big YES as a congregation to become an independent church in the ELCA! In her sermon, Pastor Sara invites us to consider the next steps in this grand adventure.