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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 
Sermon Series 

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

Lead Pastor
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Cry of My Heart 06/23/2020

Here is a link to a video discussion between BONO and Eugene Peterson.  Bono is of course from the rock group U2, whose music often has deep spiritual themes.  Eugene Peterson is the pastor/theologian who wrote the Message Translation.
The video is about 21 minutes long, but it is well worth the time.
Here is the song Bono wrote about Psalm 40.

U2 – Psalm 40


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Cry of My Heart 06/22/2020

Psalm 150 – In Memory of Leonard Cohen

This beautiful version was done on November 7, 2017 which was the one year anniversary of the passing of Leonard Cohen, one of the greatest Jewish poet-songwriters of the 20th century.Here is one of his most famous songs, Hallelujah, with the Hebrew lyrics of Psalm 150 which is recited daily in Jewish prayer. May the memory of Leonard Cohen be for an eternal blessing.


Hallelu El b’kodsho, Halleluhu birkia uzo. Halleluhu vig’vurotav, Halleluhu k’rov gudlo. Halleluhu b’teika shofar, Halleluhu b’nevel v’khinor. Halleluhu b’tof u-mahol, Halleluhu b’minim v’ugav. Halleluhu b’tziltz’lei shama, Halleluhu b’tziltz’lei tru’ah. Kol ha-n’shamah t’hallel Yah – Halleluyah!
(English Translation)
Praise God in the sanctuary; praise God in the powerful heavens. Praise God for the mighty acts; praise God for infinite greatness. Praise God with shofar calls; praise God with harp and lyre. Praise God with drum and dance; praise God with flute and strings. Praise God with crashing cymbals; praise God with resounding cymbals. Let all that breathes praise Adonai – Halleluyah! [Psalm 150]


Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue Arrangement: Raymond Goldstein Music Director: Colin Fowler Cello: Alexander Scheirele Production Manager: Gil Smuskowitz Recording engineer and audio editing: Doug Yoel Video production: WIWU Productions From “Moments of Awe, Music of the High Holidays”, 2017

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Cry of My Heart 06/18/2020

Hello Friends,
I love the fresh produce that is available right now.
Have you ever gone to a strawberry farm and picked berries?
There is nothing better than fresh off the vine fruit.
The sweetness and goodness as they hit your tastebuds is amazing.
God’s love is like that; sweet, amazing, creative and powerful.
Psalm 34:8 says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good!”
As you eat your meals today, and especially as you taste a bite of ripened fruit,
pause and give thanks to God for God’s goodness.
Spend some time reading and praying through Psalm 34.
Psalm 34 – Common English Bible
Of David, when he pretended to be crazy before Abimelech, who banished him so that he left.
34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be in my mouth.
2 I praise the Lord—
let the suffering listen and rejoice.
3 Magnify the Lord with me!
Together let us lift his name up high!
4 I sought the Lord and he answered me.
He delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to God will shine;
their faces are never ashamed.
6 This suffering person cried out:
the Lord listened and saved him from every trouble.
7 On every side, the Lord’s messenger protects those who honor God; and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see how good the Lord is!
The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy!
9 You who are the Lord’s holy ones, honor him,
because those who honor him don’t lack a thing.
10 Even strong young lions go without and get hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, children, listen to me.
Let me teach you how to honor the Lord:
12 Do you love life;
do you relish the chance to enjoy good things?
13 Then you must keep your tongue from evil
and keep your lips from speaking lies!
14 Turn away from evil! Do good!
Seek peace and go after it!

15 The Lord’s eyes watch the righteous,
his ears listen to their cries for help.
16 But the Lord’s face is set against those who do evil,
to eliminate even the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry out, the Lord listens;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he saves those whose spirits are crushed.

19 The righteous have many problems,
but the Lord delivers them from every one.
20 He protects all their bones;
not even one will be broken.
21 But just one problem will kill the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be held responsible.
22 The Lord saves his servants’ lives;
all those who take refuge in him
won’t be held responsible for anything.

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