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Men’s Breakfast, Saturday, June 23rd, 8:00 a.m.

Men, join us for great food & good conversation!  Breakfast is served at 8:00 sharp and always includes an assortment of options to choose from — some hearty, some healthy, and always plenty of Lutheran World Relief Farmers Market coffee.  Cooking and conversation start at 7:00 a.m., so come early if you are inclined to help or to get an early start on the conversation.

Choir Director Opening

Our Savior Lutheran Church & Campus Ministry is searching for a choir director educated in ensemble singing to lead our amateur singers to become stronger musicians and form them into a unified choral ensemble to lead the congregation.

The candidate should have excellent interpersonal skills, seek musical excellence, and have a forgiving nature. The director should able to challenge the choir at the appropriate level and inspire members to offer their best. It’s essential that the choir Continue reading Choir Director Opening

Who told you that you were naked?

This sermon was preached by Pastor Kyle Seibert at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry in Hanover, New Hampshire on Sunday, June 10, 2018. The readings for the day were Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, and Mark 3:20-35. Pastor Kyle is available for pastoral conversation, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Grace and peace to you from the Triune God.

38,000. 38,000 people die by suicide in the United States every year. This means that every 12 minutes, somebody will die by suicide. During this worship service, we will lose 5 people in our country. It is the 10th leading cause of death for all ages, is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds and is the 2nd leading cause of death for 24 to 35 year olds. LGBTQ children are four times more likely to make a medically serious suicide attempt than their cis-straight allies. Just this past week, we have seen suicide in the news, but suicide is hard to talk about. There is often shame associated with talking about it. It is often taboo. Maybe, just maybe, you are already uncomfortable sitting in your seats right now- and maybe for good reason. But folks, we can’t continue to ignore it. We must join our voices with the psalmist, who we echoed just a few minutes ago: “Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord. O Lord, hear our voices. Let your ears be attentive to the voices of our supplication.”

Because we are talking about life and death, it makes sense to start at the beginning- the very beginning, when God first created life. We go back to the Garden of Eden, when the Triune God was busy hovering over the chaos, calling forth life in which God took delight. Think back to your Sunday school days, I’m sure you know the story. God created humankind – we call them Adam and Eve. And Genesis 2:25 says that right after God created them, they “were both naked, and they were not ashamed.” God’s creation of bodies was good. And Adam and Eve enjoyed a brief period of life in the garden, before eating of the forbidden fruit- what we often refer to as “the fall.” And it is right after this moment that our reading from Genesis starts today.

This might be one of my favorite passages in all of scripture. It has fed me and sustained me during hard times, and yet it is also kind of strange. We hear that Adam and Eve heard God walking in the garden and went to hide themselves from God. So they ran and hid behind some bushes. Surely the creator of the whole universe would never be able to find them there! So Adam and Eve are hiding in the bushes, and God is walking around looking for them, and calls out, “Where are you?” Now, in my head, I don’t think this is really a question of God’s- I think God already knew the answer.

Continue reading Who told you that you were naked?

Bread for the World, 2018 Offering of Letters

This Temple Talk was delivered by Paul Manganiello at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Our Savior Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry (OSLC) is Covenant Church in the national Bread for the World (BFW) movement. This Sunday is the annual Bread for the World Offering of Letters.

BFW is an Ecumenical Christian advocacy organization working to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, and great progress has been made to reduce extreme poverty and chronic hunger both here in the US, and abroad. Continue reading Bread for the World, 2018 Offering of Letters

Ongoing Vigils in Manchester are Making a Difference. Help Ensure A Powerful Presence.

Participation in ICE Vigils is Making A Difference! 

See a special thank you for your support here.

Help Ensure the Powerful Presence Continues at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which continues to ask immigrants without documents to return for check-in meetings in Manchester, sometimes with airline tickets in hand. Our presence has made a difference in slowing down deportations especially for 60+ Christian Indonesians who came to the US many years ago. The next vigils will he held Wednesday, June 27, Tuesdays July 3, July 17, August 7, and August 21.  Vigils are from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street, Manchester. Carpool departs from the CCBA at 7:00 a.m..  We will return to the CCBA by 11/11:30 a.m. Please signup here.21367040_1617111501654177_4618948390388660212_o

 

Knowing Faith, Experiencing Faith

This sermon was delivered by the Rev. Kyle Seibert at Our Savior Lutheran Church & Campus Ministry on Sunday, May 27,2018, Holy Trinity Sunday. The readings and Psalm were Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17.

Grace and peace to you from the Triune God.

When I was in college, I was introduced to the concept of a spiritual director. These are people who specialize in walking with another person as they grow in their own spirituality. A spiritual director helps their directee identify and listen to the activity of God in their life, and then helps their directee respond to God’s presence in their life. Those seeking spiritual direction often meet with their director regularly to talk, discern, pray, and be challenged to grow in their faith. I’m not sure if a spiritual director would like me to say this, but I often categorize spiritual direction as a sort of “spiritual therapy.” Spiritual direction is often a strong presence in Roman Catholic communities, so it is no surprise that I found myself engaged with my first spiritual director when I was a student at Boston College, a Jesuit Roman Catholic institution.

When I moved to Chicago, I knew that I wanted to find a spiritual director for myself. I knew that it was important to my spiritual health and it held me accountable to be aware of the presence of God in my life. I did my research, shot off a few emails, and made a few phone calls. Eventually, I was speaking on the phone with a woman who would be my spiritual director for my three years in Chicago. Sister Jane was a Dominican nun and we chatted on the phone about myself, about her style, and tried to see if we might be a good match for one another. It felt oddly like a first date over the phone. But then, Sister Jane said something to me that sticks with me to this day, and cuts like a knife. She said, “It sounds like you know quite an awful lot about God, but maybe what you really need is to know God.”… Continue reading Knowing Faith, Experiencing Faith