Sunday, June 2
On Graduate Recognition Sunday, Rev. Colby will preach, launching a series of sermons based on stories about Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. In this first story (Luke 7:1-10) we hear of something that has become quite unusual in our time – we hear of an encounter between Jesus and someone one trusts in authority and institutions and comes for healing.
Megan Dvorak, oboe, will provide special music. Megan is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a B.M. degree in music performance. She is a freelance oboist in the Twin Cities, and has played with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, as well as a sub with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Civic Theater, and Golden Valley Orchestra, among others. She is also a passionate teacher with a small studio of young oboists. She is currently working as a loan processor at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, but hopes to go on to graduate school for music education and eventually become a music teacher.
Sunday, June 9
Rev. Colby will preach on a fascinating encounter between Jesus and disciples of John the Baptist (Luke 7:11-35). “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” they ask.
Shanta Hejmadi, our soprano section leader, will be singing pieces from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Cantata no. 68. Shanta Hejmadi attended Lawrence University/Lawrence Conservatory (Appleton, WI) where she studied Voice Performance and graduated with a degree in Biology. Shanta teaches Simply Music Piano, and sings at Central. Shanta has sung with the Bach Society of Minnesota since 2012’s performance of Bach’s St. John Passion, as well as performing with other local artists and community theaters since 2004.
Sunday, June 16
We will celebrate communion, and Rev. Colby will reflect on Jesus’ encounter with a grateful sinner who finds forgiveness and peace (Luke 7:36-50).
Sunday, June 23
In a memorable scene from Luke (8:26-39), Jesus encounters a man who was struggling with “demons,” who lived in the tombs rather than in a home. The Rev. Anna Kendig, who works as a chaplain with people with mental illness , will be a guest preacher.
Justin Spenner, our baritone section leader, will be providing special music. Justin received his Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. He is a current Master of Music student at the U of M and studies with Baritone Philip Zawisza. He loves being here at Central, and looks forward to singing with the choir each week!
Sunday, June 30
The path to discipleship is compelling yet difficult. In Luke 9:51-62, Jesus appears to not tolerate excuses from would-be followers. Rev. Colby will preach.