Mysterium Tremendum

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Where is the Shepherd?
Do Not Be Afraid Little Flock
Love Thy Neighbor, Who is My Neighbor?
The Prodigal Son Parable, an Interpretation in the Midst of War, 2004
Rest for the Weary with new learnings; A New Yoke
Coming to the Table in the Wilderness, Feeding the Multitudes
Living Sacrifices, Acts of Worship
Fostering Growth, Pruning the Weeds

  When I enter this church, it is a moment to take a breath, quietly and step back in time to a quieter place. It is a building that encompasses a feeling of rich history and it generates an ambiance of dignity.  It is where I gather my thoughts and self about me and enter into the Mystery.  
 
  There is calm and stillness,  and a glimpse of a time before when one entered their spirituality within themselves the moment one entered their church.   It is a solo journey as well as a communal sharing.  Our old fashioned church in the woods gives me something that reminds me of the rootedness of tradition.
 
  While I don't hold that old traditions should mark the face of modern Christianity, I also don't hold with throwing the baby out with the bath water in our efforts to change and modernize for this century.   I like a mix of new with the old, but I don't want the face of my spiritual world changed so much I can't recognize the history.  Nor do I want it changed so little as to be living an Old Testament or even a literally based New Testament kind of faith.
 
  When I began this journey, the church was a well-established faith of tradition, faith and reason.  It has been undergoing it's own changes as it attempts to shake off some of the archaic traditions of yesteryear in favor of imbuing new meanings into old tradtions while transitioning to a more contemporary  liturgy.
 
 When I began this journey, we had not yet seen 911 or the resulting War that President Bush took our country into without the substantiative merit and credibility such a drastic action requires. 
 
 Since I began this journey, I've had reason to challenge not only my faith but the behaviours called "Christian" of other denominations and belief sets.  As our political body seems to be moving in an effort to claim ownership of what it is to be Christian, and what it is to be a Christian nation, I find my own voice speaks out with a strong new tone.  Since the carefulness less I offend framework of those early sermons I gave as a novice, I've found an inspired voice that  decries practicing faith on the most literal terms.  Rather, I propose, that our Beloved, being of compassion, intended us to look more deeply into the meanings imparted in scripture, below surface level to find our own Mysterium Tremendum. 
 
   So here in my humble little church building, is where I found my "home" with the One.  Here is where I responded to the calling to train as a preacher and learn to use my own words, with Wisdom as a mentor guiding my woman's view of spirituality in communion with the Beloved.  This website is a place I built to contain some of my sermons. 
 
  Lietta Ruger
   Preacher, St John's Episcopal Church, South Bend, WA

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Sermon, Rest for the Weary with New Learnings, A New Yoke.

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Sermon, Coming to the Table in the Wilderness, Feeding the Multitudes

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Sermon, Living Sacrifices, Acts of Worship

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Sermon, Fostering Growth, Pruning the Weeds

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Do Not Be Afraid, Little Flock.

Sermon, The Prodigal Son Parable, an Interpretation in the Midst of War, 2004

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Sermon, Where is the Shepherd?

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Mysterium Tremendum, home page

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Please visit my sermons, links shown below and to the top left. 
 
 I am studying to become a preacher, eventually this can track into becoming ordained priest within Episcopal diocese.  This is accomodated in what is called a Circle of Ministry setting with others also studying to become preachers or towards ordination.  Part of my study requires that I write and present sermons at our church on periodic Sundays.  
 
 I have posted my sermons on this site to share and for the opportunity of critiques from others who are willing to read them.    If you have taken time to read any, some or all of my sermons, I thank you for spending that time.      
 
  Lietta

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