What’s the Matter: a blog by Pastor Tim Keyl

The marriage of Music and Church

I can’t imagine church without music, and song.  As a young child, I remember my mother turning the hymnal right-side up when I was holding it upside down.  She would line out the stanzas of the hymns with her finger so that I could navigate its tricky layout.  I often sat between my mother and […]

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Crazy about Baptism

I’m crazy about baptism this Lent. I want to turn on the fire hydrant and hose everyone down. Every Wednesday, we are telling water stories from the Bible and our own water stories. The Israelites made it safely through the sea, and we give thanks for Long Island Sound, part of our fair city. (Exodus […]

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History of Us

History of Us So we must love while these moments are still called today Take part in the pain of this passion play Stretching our youth as we must, until we are ashes to dust Until time makes history of us –Indigo Girls I believe the year was 2006, and I spent three days at […]

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November 10-13 Last days in and around Jerusalem

Thursday, November 10 The Galilee On our last day in theGalileewe enjoyed the Guest House’s breakfast on an outdoor balcony, with eggs made to order.  We boarded our minibus, and headed forNazareth, the site where Gabriel the angel announced Jesus’ birth to Mary.   Nazarethwas just about half an hour from our guest house, and […]

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Dianne Witte Guest Blogger November 9th

Guest Blogger Dianne Witte November 9   We awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the Golan Heights, directly across theSea of Galileefrom our room at the Tiberius YMCA. Golan Heights, a name I’m so accustomed to associate with conflict, now has a serene new face. Although lack of hot water necessitated a (very) quick shower, we […]

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Richard Ford Guest Blogger November 8th

Guest BloggerRichard FordNovember 8  – Middle day of the Holy Land Trip   7:30 am   After packing, a great  breakfast and settling our bill, we left the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem on foot, luggage in hand, and rolled down the bumpy cobblestone street, then a right turn and up the hill to meet our […]

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November 5th and 6th Guest blogger Karen Danielson

Fourth Full Day: On to Bethlehem Staying at the International Center at Bethlehem (ICB) Saturday, November 5   Our favorite cabbie Abu Isam loaded our luggage from Augusta Victoria and brought us to theInternationalCenter’s Abu Jubran Guest House inBethlehem, a part of the complex that includes theChristmasLutheranChurch.   We went around the checkpoint through Beit […]

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November 7th Last Day in Bethlehem

November 7, 2011   So many full days means our entries are forthcoming.  People from our group are writing, but we have not had much time to post them.   This is our last night in Bethlehem, where for dinner we had really good shawerma. Shawera is meat on a spit, carved and stuffed into […]

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Third Day Friday, November 4 Guest Blogger Meaghan Byrne

Third Full Day in Jerusalem Guest Blogger Meaghan Byrne November 4th saw quite a gloomy start.  We ate breakfast and finished our devotions to a light rain falling outside.  A rain that all were grateful for due to the drought like conditions the region has been experiencing.  After devotions, we headed out to the olive […]

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2nd Full Day in Israel/Palestine Guest blogger: Richard Ford

Richard Ford, guest blog November 3- 2nd full day in Israel Weather – mostly cloudy, windy, 57 – 67 degrees 7:30 Our day began with breakfast (coffee, pita bread, yogurt, tomatoes, cheese) and devotion (song and a prayer) followed by a guided tour of the Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH). This hospital, run by the Lutheran […]

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