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Help Us Feed Those Experiencing Hunger!

Food insecurity during the pandemic will not lessen during virtual schooling this fall – so many families rely on school lunches during an average school year. On Saturday, August 15, from 3-5:00p in the Lake Harriet UMC parking lot, we are having a “Fill the Joyce Uptown Foodshelf Van” event. Suggested donations are listed on the image below. If you are unable to drop off food that day, items may be dropped off at church Monday through Friday from 8:30a-4:30p. Simply put donations in the food shelf bins that are just inside the front doors (reminder: mask wearing is required for drop-offs). Interested in volunteering? Click here!
Thank you!
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Women of the Bible 
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This August we will study women of the Bible, and be introduced/reminded of some of the lesser known women in the Bible. 

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Rev. Karen Bruins

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Cry of My Heart 06/28/2020

Hello Friends,
Tonight is the final Cry of My Heart blog.
The focus of Sunday worship was Psalm 40.
Brandy Fiddelke read this passage for us so beautifully today.

Psalm 40:1-10 (The Inclusive Bible)

Unyielding, I called to you, Yhwh,
now at last you have stooped to me
and answered my cry for help.
You have pulled me out of the Pit of Destruction,
out of its mud and quicksand;
you set my feet on a rock
and made my steps firm.
You put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to you.
Many will look on in wonder
and so will put their trust in you.
Happiness comes to those
who put their trust in Yhwh,
instead of in human egos
or people blind to the truth!

How many wonders you’ve worked for us,
Yhwh, my God!
How many plans you’ve made for us;
you have no equal!
I want to recount them again and again,
but their number is too great.
You don’t desire sacrifice or oblation,
instead you made my ears receptive to you;
you asked no burnt offering
or sacrifice for sins from me.
And so I declared,
“Here I am! I have Come!
In the scroll of the book
it is written about me.”
I desire to do your will, my God,
and your law is written in my heart.
I’ll proclaim justice
in the Great Assembly,
and I won’t keep my mouth shut,
as you well know.
I have never kept your generosity to myself,
but announced your faithfulness and saving action;
I have made no secret of your love and faithfulness,
in the Great Assembly.
Here is a link to U2’s song “40” which is taken directly from this Psalm.
The Psalms have been quite impactful on U2. Click on the link below.
May the God of the miry bog sustain and strengthen you in whatever situation you face today and this week.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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Cry of My Heart 06/25/2020

Hello Friends,
Psalm 41 is a psalm of awakening.  
It is a recognition that we have turned a blind eye to those in need. 
Nan Merrill in this psalms refers to God as the “very Heart of Love”.
In this time of awakening in our nation,
to the reality of systemic racism,
to white privilege,
to our own internal biases,
may we turn with our hearts broken wide open
to our brothers, sisters and siblings in Christ,
and to the Very Heart of Love.

Psalm 41 – Nan Merrill in Psalms for Praying, an Invitation to Wholeness

Who among us hears the cry of the poor?

            How many open their hearts

                        and heed the call?

The plight of the world is a wound

            to the very Heart of Love,

                        a scar on our own souls.

Blessed are those who lovingly respond!

            The Friend, who knows all hearts,

                        will remember their kindness.

They will know joy, peace, and deep

            fulfillment working in harmony

            with all who serve toward healing

                        the needs of this troubled world.


As for me, I prayed, “O Soul Mender,

            be gracious unto me.

For I have been deaf to those in need;

            my fears paralyzed me.

I am bound like a prisoner held

            in my own house

            alone and abandoned.

Each fear I push away or deny

                        rises up with power;

            feeling anxious, lies and deceipt

                        take the place of truth.

I can hide no longer; my confusion,

                        the way I blame others,

            have turned even my friends away.”


“O Divine Healer, help me face the fears

                        that threaten to overwhelm me;

            without your guidance, they will

                        bring about what I most fear!


I am on my knees asking forgiveness;

            give me strength to turn all

                        that separates me from You

                        into love and kindness.

You, who are Unconditional Love, You

            so not judge our weaknesses;

            raise me up, that I may be renewed

                                    in body, mind, and soul!


By this I know that You have

                        graciously forgiven me;

            fear did not triumph over me,

                        though my heart was broken open

                                    so the light could enter in.

You upheld me, filled me with integrity,

            and opened my heart to the poor.


Blessed be the Beloved, loving Presence

            to all hearts open to Love,

            from everlasting to everlasting!


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Cry of My Heart 06/24/2020

Hello Friends,
What is your favorite Psalm?  Psalm 100 is one of mine.
Spend some time today listening to this beautiful version of Psalm 100. 
What words impress you as it is sung? Why do these words speak to you?
In many churches Psalm 100 is used as an Introit, a sung call to worship.


Psalm 100 – Virtual Choir


Psalm 100 (The Inclusive Bible)

Acclaim Yhwh  with joy,  all the earth!

serve Yhwh  with gladness! 

enter into God’s presence with a joyful song!

Know that Yhwh  is God! 

Yhwh  made us, and we belong to the creator; 

we are God’s people  and the sheep of God’s pasture.

Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving  and the courts with praise! 

Give thanks to God!  bless God’s name!  for Yhwh  is good;

 God’s steadfast love endures forever,  and God’s faithfulness  to all generations.


Psalm 100 (New Revised Standard Version)

A Psalm of thanksgiving.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;[a]
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.




Rest in the goodness of God,

who is faithful.  Amen.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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