Sermons by Rev. Don Ludwig

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Rebirth of the Soul

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“Rebirth of the Soul” By Rev. Don Ludwig, March 29, 2020 “Lockdown” A Poem by Brother Richard Hendricks; Excerpt from Parker J. Palmer, American Author and Founder of Center for Courage and Renewal; and Gospel of Thomas 32: 18b – 33  Gospel of Thomas 32: 18b – 33 Jesus says: “If those who lead you […]

Even in these days…

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“Even in these days…” Matthew 4:1-11 By Don Ludwig, March 22, 2020 Christian Reading:  Matthew 4:1-11  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to […]

A Place Beyond Fear and Hope

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Welcome to Southminster’s Virtual Worship Service. While we are not together physically, we can connect spiritually online. My hope is that by setting aside an hour of quiet time (perhaps on Sunday mornings) for yourself to read the attached sermon, watch the video by clicking on the embedded link, listening to the music suggested, and using the prompts for reflection and prayer will provide a way to nurture your soul.

Today I want to simply focus on one blessing of Jesus’: “Blessed are the poor in spirit…”. In our COVID-19 reality and with a wavering economy as a result, in a nation where the poverty rate is the highest since the Great Depression, where homelessness among children and youth in Oregon is considerably rising, when we have a President that is fickle at best, we are finding a trend that sociologists and futurists note as a time when “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer” more sharply than ever before.

The Bead Within You

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“The Bead Within You” Matthew 5:14-16; The Gospel of Thomas, Saying 70 Other Voices: Matthew Fox, Creativity; Nadia Bolz-Weaver, On Jesus Dream Team By Rev. Don Ludwig, March 8, 2020 Introduction Five years ago, when we were in the process of adopting our children, I would take Tony to downtown Portland and we would throw […]

We are not our own

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“We are not our own” Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Mark 1:14-15; Romans 14:6-7 Another Voice: Te Urutahi Waikerepuru of Aoeteroa, New Zealand Indigenous Faith Leader By Rev. Don Ludwig, March 1, 2020 Welcome to Lent.  Kairos time.  Time to make a choice. Sometimes I wish that I as Catholic. There is something special about the traditions that […]

Called to be Love Dogs

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“Called to be Love Dogs” Hebrews 13:2; Readings from Barbara Brown Taylor and Rumi By Don Ludwig, February 16, 2020 Introduction I love to people-watch when I am on vacation.  On our flight to Portland from Costa Rica over a month ago, I noticed a 15-year-old boy board the plane.  He looked to be traveling […]

Turning to One Another

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“Turning to One Another” I Corinthians 13:1-13 and excerpt from Turning to One Another by Margaret Wheatley By Don Ludwig, February 2, 2020 “Let not the emphasis of hospitality lie in bed and board, but let the truth and love and honor and courtesy flow in all thy deeds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Introduction It […]

King’s View of Mutuality

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“King’s View of Mutuality” Ruth 1:16-17; John Fairfax “Little Song” and excerpt from Martin Luther King By Rev. Don Ludwig, January 25, 2020    John Fairfax, “Little Song” Adrift on the Star Brow of Taliesin On the Land an oak will grow On a bough an owl may stand From lasting cloud a rain will […]

Pura Vida

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“Pura Vida” Matthew 6:25-34, Philippians 4:6-7 and Another Voice: “The Book of Joy”, Dalai Lama by Rev. Don Ludwig, January 5, 2020 Introduction My family have decided to move – to Costa Rica!  Kathy and I have been there three times – each time brings something new – this time we were able to share […]

Soul of the Whole

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“Soul of the Whole” by Rev. Don Ludwig, Dec. 24, 2019 – 11:00 p.m. Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Within Every Person Is The Soul Of The Whole; The Wise Silence; The Universal Beauty”    Introduction Five days ago, I experience a loss that was heart-wrenching.  Many might think it is trivial, but for me it […]