The Salt Shaker

flavoring the world with justice and love
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Jesus told his followers, “You are the salt of the earth”. Salt, in the right amounts and in the right situations, preserves, flavors, and enables life. When love is shared and justice prevails for all people, the world is preserved, flavored and enabled with the Divine Life of God.  So pass the salt and let’s do a little shaking. Pastor Tim Koester

A Call to Serve

Discernment is always a process. Sometimes it is short.  Sometimes it takes years.  Sometimes it means listening to voices that are not your own.  Sometimes it means ignoring those voices. A path can become clear after an "Epiphany" or it can be a slow and zig-zagging...

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Not your usual election

This year, the voting members at the Nebraska Synod assembly will be electing a new bishop for the synod. It is far from a typical “election”, however; and because my name is now associated with the process, I thought it would be good to talk a little bit more about...

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Christmas Eve 2021

Last year at this time, I was posting about how Christmas Eve was definitely going to be different.  We only had worship leaders in the sanctuary when we live-streamed Christmas Eve worship.  After that, the high school youth helped lead two worship services in the...

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Annual Meeting Recap 2021

Who said annual meetings can't be fun? Those who follow Jesus are called into a life of Faith in the steadfast mercy of God, a life of Hope that dares us to walk into the unknown future trusting that all will be well, and a life of love for neighbors, ourselves, and...

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The glory of Fall

I’ve always been partial to the fall season.  It’s the time of harvest, of more brilliant sunrise and set, and when the north wind finally chases away summer’s heat.  Fall is when the squirrels are busy collecting all they can in order to make it through the lean...

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Rally Day!

Rally Day!

Remember how awesome Easter worship was this spring? If not, let me remind you that around 400 people grabbed a lawn chair and shouted "Christ is Risen" about a hundred times in God's great outdoor sanctuary!  It was a morning I will not soon forget. Fast forward to...

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Habitat for Humanity Build

Habitat for Humanity Build

Each year Saint Michael Lutheran works with other churches in the “Faithful  Builders Coalition” to raise money and help a family build a quality and affordable home here in Omaha. Our congregation uses offerings from Holy Week and Easter to support Habitat...

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A Cup of Cool Water

A Cup of Cool Water

There is a lot of discord in the world.  The pandemic rages on and political polarization and misinformation divides communities, families and even churches. The UN released a new report on global warming that raised a "red flag for humanity" meaning that if we don't...

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Team Saint Michael has a new look!

I’ve always been a fan of team sports. Maybe that’s why I enjoy the Olympics so much. Even the individual events are the result of a group effort by coaches, trainers, family and friends.  The church is by definition a team event as well, with every member of the...

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July 7 Wingtips

First, A Few Announcements about Church Staff:   The council is nearing completion of a redistribution of staffing responsibilities in the communications and office administration area. We will be posting a part-time communications position soon so look for more...

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The Evolution of the Church Office

Church leadership has always been a partnership of administration and proclamation, of ideas and the execution of those ideas which usually involves a whole team of people.  One of the key people at Saint Michael has been the Office Administrator, the role Joyce Uber...

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June 13-19 Read Your Bible

June 12/13: Paul as an Apostle Reading: Galatians 1:11-2:10 Acts 9:1-15 Background: Lutheran Study Bible (Introduction to Galatians, paragraph 3) [Paul] first provides a strong defense of his authority as an apostle sent directly by Jesus Christ and God (1:11-24; see...

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Wingtips 6.9.21

First of all I'm thankful for all of the wonderful birthday blessings! I'm so grateful for the gift of community and you all are the best present one could hope for! Second- a reminder that this Sunday, from 9:00-10:00 am, we will have a reception in the Gathering...

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Read your Bible: June 5-11 Letters from Paul

Readings:  Galatians 1:1-10 Romans 1:1-15 Background: Lutheran Study Bible (Introduction to Galatians, paragraph 2) Other Jewish leaders who were believers in Jesus had come to Galatia. They insisted that to be acceptable to God the non-Jewish believers must observe...

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