Offerings comes to a close

“Veni Sancte Spiritus, et emitte caelitus lucis tuae radium. Come, Holy Spirit, send forth the heavenly radiance of your light.” (Veni Sancte Spiritus, probably composed in the thirteenth century, is a sequence prescribed in the Roman Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecost.) Back in June at the beginning of Pentecost, we began publishing “Offerings From[…]


HOPE In the shadow of a divisive election, a surging pandemic, and the searing video of George Floyd’s death, how are we to discern our way as a faith community? As St. Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians (4: 8-9), “We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not[…]

Meditation Lessons

Heather Miller (our new Minister of Children, Youth & Familes) shares some thoughts on meditation as a practice About one year ago I started meditating. My sessions last exactly ten minutes and are not as frequent as I would like them to be. I wiggle and scratch my nose. I let my thoughts wander way[…]

Garden Harvest

One of the reasons we started Offerings in Exile was to provide St. Johns’ members with an opportunity share their creativity in this time apart.  Lois Neve has with great love and discipline cultivated a garden this year.  In “Garden Harvest 2020,” she shares the fruits (and vegetables!) of her labors, including elegant presentations at[…]

Autumn Reflection

Autumn Reflection (Front page article, St. John‘s Newsletter, October 2010) In a “Peanuts” cartoon, Snoopy is sitting by a tree, watching leaves fall to the ground. The perpetually crabby Lucy walks up to him and says, “Anyone who would sit and watch leaves fall off a tree must be pretty stupid.” Snoopy watches her walk away, then turns back[…]

Early Voting

Early voting and mail-in voting starts tomorrow Last week, St. John’s announced a “souls to the polls” initiative.  Because of COVID-19, election night will look and feel different – it will be more of an election “season.”  The Minnesota legislature and courts literally designed the process to not have immediate results so Minnesotans could have[…]

100 Days of Prayer

100 DAYS OF PRAYER thoughts from Jay Hornbacher In a recorded speech on July 24, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt coined the term “the first 100 days” in reference to the first 100 days of his Presidency. Ever since, the term has been applied to any number of politicians, especially Presidents, as a measurement of[…]

What I am doing now

What I am doing now Jil Evans The Lord has filled them with spirit, intelligence, and knowledge of every kind of craft to devise artistic designs. He has filled then with skill to do every kind of work done by an artisan or designer. (words of Moses in Exodus, speaking of those whom God has[…]

I have been selling peanuts

I have been selling peanuts by Lisa Wiens Heinsohn I have been selling peanuts at a little tourist stand   my whole life with my back to the Grand Canyon, and until yesterday never once had I turned around.   Yesterday someone passed me with a mirror and I split wide open. Trembling, trembling with my eyes shut, almost[…]

Cardinal Quilt

Cardinal Quilt by Sarah Parker This week’s Offering is a photograph of Sarah Parker’s beautiful cardinal quilt. The cardinal symbolizes many things in various cultures, among them Christian symbolism, in which the cardinal is thought to represent the sacrificial blood of Christ. Sacrifices can be of many kinds, and in our church life we are[…]

The Pink Crown

The Pink Crown Gayle Bintliff On August 2, police in Aurora, Colorado pulled a family of black women from their car and detained them, wrongly, as has been admitted by the Aurora Police Department. The following is a response to that incident, written by ELCA pastor Gayle Bintliff, wife of St. John’s member Jay Hornbacher.[…]

Nature walks

Nature Walk Photos Denice Jasper These are words from the poet William Blake: “To see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.” These are words from the Gospel of Luke, spoken by Jesus: “Consider the lilies,[…]

Dream, Pray, Act

    Don Samuels is CEO of MicroGrants.  He was previously a member of the Board of Minneapolis Public Schools (2015-2019) and on the Minneapolis City Council (2013-2015).  Don is an honorary member of the St. John’s Episcopals!  This month, he and his wife Sondra organized 30 Days of Silent Prayer: Healing the Heart of[…]

What has sustained me?

What has sustained me during the pandemic? The wisdom of Alcoholics Anonymous. Same as before. The uncertainty of how the virus spreads, its impact on the economy, and the threat of death have amped my anxiety. I’ve been saddened to see loved ones unable to be with their elderly parents afflicted with Covid-19. I’ve felt[…]

Tenacity Suited to a Pandemic

Tenacity Suited to a Pandemic by Richard Burbach   Barbara Brown Taylor and the dean of the National Cathedral shared a conversation last evening. I love everything BBT has to say as well as those all too familiar ribes from church-types she deftly sidesteps. Two things really rocked me… She shared a favorite quote from[…]

An Invitation to Community Rev. Alika Galloway, Liberty Community Church Our community is currently living in a tsunami of trauma and terror. It reminds me of the words of the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”: God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far[…]

The World I Thought I Knew

The World I Thought I Knew:  Reconciling Minnesota’s Competing Narratives by Mark Lindberg In 2003, as a senior program officer for the (then) Otto Bremer Foundation, I reviewed a funding proposal from a local nonprofit that contained incomprehensible information.  According to a joint study by the Council on Crime and Justice (CCJ) and the Institute[…]

Flowers On My Doorstep

Flowers On My Doorstep by Jo Bolles   


MaryPsalm by Susan Swann If I cry, I declare “I’ve lost my faith. I am without hope, which means I am without the one who is hope.” So how can I cry, when my only child is alone in a hospital bed, his body betraying him? How can I cry? How can I not? You who[…]

Arriving at 38th and Chicago

Arriving at 38th and Chicago – May 31, 2020 by Jessie Johnson  A makeshift memorial fills the block– A slow caravan of pilgrims walk the way of the cross to our new Golgotha. Cardboard signs hastily scribbled with the Gospel truth that Black Lives Matter– Scripture for our times. A circle of flowers where George[…]

Deliverance Denied

DELIVERANCE DENIED by Jay Hornbacher Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress.                                                                     -Psalm 107 A man wakes up, not breathing, terrified, until his barely conscious mind reminds him that it was just a dream, just the terrors of the night. Then[…]