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Sabbatical Salutations

      Sabbatical Salutations from Pastor KeylJune 27, 2017 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15) The writer of this exclamation was grateful for the generosity of the congregation in enabling ministry, even without the presence of the apostle. I feel that same way about Bethesda in its summer ministry, as I lurk on the enews […]

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Bethesda is going Places: Words on Partners for Sacred Places

Bethesda is going Places Words on Partners for Sacred Places www.sacredplaces.org   Beginning last February, a leadership team for Sacred Places was formed, made up of Dianne Witte, Liz Swenson, Sue Berube, and me.   We began our training with two representatives of Partners for Sacred Places, whose work is described in this way: Programs […]

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We’re pilgrims now

      Companion Synod Trip We’re pilgrims now  11 January 2016 Yup, we’re pilgrims now.   We are sightseeing and site seeing.     We are exploring food tastes (so many types of bread, for example), changes in climate and topography.     And we are together in this, all in, teasing, laughing, groaning, […]

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Companion Synod Trip 2016 Open Spaces and Closed Doors

Companion Synod Trip Open Spaces and Closed Doors  8 January 2016   There is a vastness to the area we are in, as long as you are up high, and can get perspective.             There a warmth to the people we have met that sinks into you, as there is […]

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The Desert–Pray or Play

Companion Synod Trip The Desert 4 January 2016 But he would withdraw to a deserted place to pray (Luke 5:16) Pray?  Does it say pray? Or play?   Well, we’ve done some of both.  The quickly changing topography just south of Jerusalem has always impressed me.  Within about twenty minutes the teeming buildings and people […]

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Companion Trip 2016 Jerusalem, my happy home First Days

Companion Synod Trip First Days Jerusalem, my Happy Home 3 January 2016               Jerusalem, my happy home, when shall I come to thee? When shall my sorrows have an end? Thy joys when shall I see?   This 16th century hymn by someone only with initials F.B.F. just about […]

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The BIG conversation at Bethesda

        Paul writes to the church in Rome  22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we […]

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Yale Divinity School: It’s right up the hill– Pastor Keyl has been appointed Director of the Lutheran Studies Program

    It’s right up the hill   I have an announcement to make: I have been appointed to serve as Director of the Lutheran Studies Program at Yale Divinity School by Dean Greg Sterling. http://divinity.yale.edu/admissions/lutheran Since interviewing to be pastor at Bethesda around this time four years ago, I asked, “what relationship Bethesda does […]

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Groaning in Gaza

Groaning in Gaza             Psalm 38: 6-9 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all day long I go around mourning. For my loins are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my […]

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Have some ashes: Ash Wednesday

Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes. (Job 2:8) Ashes are associated with repentance.  They make you humble, as you get down and dirty with them. Busy lives in our culture symbolize purpose, forward movement.  We readily honor those who have appointments and commitments. Ash Wednesday and Lent […]

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