We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

Lord Jesus, Come Soon! – Br. James Koester

Dec 5, 2021

https://www.ssje.org/4.audio/2021/2021_VPM_3.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSWe have partnered with TryTank – the experimental laboratory for church growth and innovation – to produce a new preaching resource aimed particularly at smaller congregations (those with an average Sunday attendance of 29 or fewer). That said, any congregation can use it. We have also paired it with an adult forum curriculum. From Christ the King…

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Saving Invitations – Br. Luke Ditewig

Dec 5, 2021

“What is your own story, your own experience, of being forgiven? What is the invitation now? Our repentance is always in response to God. Seeing the obstacle, hearing the pain, and whatever desire we have to confess comes from God. That is God already at work in you, preparing, sending messengers with saving invitations.”

Br. Luke Ditewig marvels at God’s forgiveness and at our need and capacity for repentance: the ability to see things afresh, break free from old patterns, and set out on a new path.

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Br. Jim on Readiness

Dec 3, 2021

Read or listen to Br. Jim’s piece on the spirit of readiness in the age of Covid-19: Eternity in This Moment >

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Properties of Mercy – Br. Jim Woodrum

Dec 3, 2021

“Mercy, grace, and loving kindness are the essence of God, and Jesus is the face of God in our midst. If we recognize this as the blind men did in Matthew’s gospel, the recognition of God’s essence will make us bold to approach Jesus in our need in faith that He will provide for us, heal us, and love us, giving us the capacity to see in ourselves these same attributes.”

Br. Jim Woodrum urges us to be bold to approach God in humility and faith, confident that Jesus has provided, healed, and loved us to wholeness.

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Angels in the Architecture

Dec 3, 2021

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Building on the Rock of God’s Love – Br. Todd Blackham

Dec 2, 2021

“Gazing not at Christ’s first coming in our midst but straining toward the horizon for his second coming we enter into this season of preparation. But, Advent preparation is not just about planning a party towards the end of December. The expectant waiting and preparation of Advent is time to do the soul’s work of conditioning for ultimate things, because eternity is on the horizon.”

As we crest into Advent, Br. Todd Blackham urges us to accept the reality of our radical dependence on the love of God, the only foundation that will endure.

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Discerning God in Advent & Christmastide Podcast

Dec 1, 2021

Listen in on two seasonal podcast episodes, as Br. Curtis Almquist joins Steve Macchia on the Discerning Leader Podcast, to discuss how Advent can allow us to get in touch with our deepest longings and prepare our hearts for the coming to Christ into this world.

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They left their nets and followed him – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Nov 30, 2021

“So, what do we make of these two apparently different stories about the call of Andrew: the earlier one that took place not far from Jerusalem, where John was baptizing, and then the later one in Galilee?  What I think it tells us is that the call of Andrew came in stages. It took time. And this certainly fits my own experience of coming to faith.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram finds in the record of Andrew’s calling a lesson for our own ongoing journey in the faith.

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The Day of the Lord – Br. James Koester

Nov 28, 2021

https://www.ssje.org/4.audio/2021/2021_VPM_2.m4a Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: RSS We have partnered with TryTank – the experimental laboratory for church growth and innovation – to produce a new preaching resource aimed particularly at smaller congregations (those with an average Sunday attendance of 29 or fewer). That said, any congregation can use it. We have also paired it with an adult forum curriculum.…

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The Dawning of the Light of Christ – Br. Curtis Almquist

Nov 28, 2021

“Outside the walls of this monastery chapel, a new season began just after Halloween, called “Holiday Shopping Season,” along with the Amazon promise that you can have it all now… at least by tomorrow. The season of Advent interposes quite an opposite theme. Anticipating Christmas is not about immediacy. Rather, it is about watching, and waiting, and preparing to celebrate Christ’s infant birth at Bethlehem, and to prepare for Christ’s promise that he will come again in real time.”

On the first day of Advent, the season of preparation, Br. Curtis Almquist shares inspiration for how we might experience and share Christ’s light – even in the darkness.

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