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.

Bread for the World – Br. James Koester

Aug 2, 2009

http://ssje.org/sermons/wp-content/audio/2009/080209_jk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSExodus 16: 2-4, 9-15 Psalm 78: 23-29 Ephesians 4: 1-16 John 6:24-35 This past Lent, I took on what some might think of as a rather unusual Lenten discipline. It was a discipline which by all reports, was highly popular among the brothers in the community…

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Contentment – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jul 28, 2009

http://ssje.org/sermons/wp-content/audio/2009/072809_cga.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS Matthew 6:25-33 In 1973 an adventurous explorer named Peter Matthiessen set out on a journey by foot to the Crystal Mountain on the Tibetan Plateau of northwest Nepal.i The trip was to accompany George Schaller, a zoologist who had planned the expedition to…

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Feeding the Multitude – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Jul 26, 2009

http://ssje.org/sermons/wp-content/audio/2009/072609_ehp.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-19; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21   Our worship of God finds its fullest expression in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  It is the offering through which we return thanks for all that God has given us in creation, and…

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Sabbath Keeping – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jul 18, 2009

In our culture, the pressures to be busy all the time are intense.  Our own Rule of Life acknowledges we brothers are as vulnerable as you or anyone else to the danger of conforming or adapting to our culture of hyperactivity and stress, of being “on” all the time.i In the Genesis creation account, after…

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Listening for the Call of God – Br. David Vryhof

Jul 15, 2009

Exodus 3:1-12 Few of us experience God’s call as dramatically as Moses did, yet there are several elements to his story that may help us discern how God may be calling us.  I’d like to mention four things worth noting in this story: Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely…

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Holy Fools for God – Br. James Koester

Jul 12, 2009

2 Samuel 6: 1 – 5, 12b – 19 Psalm 24 Ephesians 1: 3 – 14 Mark 6: 14 – 29 There is a wonderful tradition in the church, more familiar in the churches of the Orthodox east than in the west, but one which we catch glimpses of none the less. That tradition is…

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Wrestling with God – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jul 7, 2009

http://ssje.org/sermons/wp-content/audio/2009/070709_cga.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS Genesis 32:22-32 Jacob was a rather shrewd scoundrel.  His latest coup was to trick his father.  Jacob knew it was the father’s prerogative and power to bestow a blessing upon his eldest son, such a blessing, highly significant and irrevocable.  By means of…

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I Was Hungry… – Br. David Vryhof

Jul 5, 2009

http://ssje.org/sermons/wp-content/audio/2009/070509_dv.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS Matthew 25:31-46 You may have noticed that my brothers have allowed me to choose a different gospel lesson from the one designated for this day.  I chose this passage from Matthew because I want to talk about judgment.  Now before you say, “Oh-oh,…

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On a Sure Foundation – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Jul 2, 2009

http://ssje.org/sermons/wp-content/audio/2009/063009_gt.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS This sermon is available only in audio format. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on the inspired kindness of friends to sustain our life and our work. We are grateful for the prayers and support provided to…

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Preparing for the Worst – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 27, 2009

John 15:18-21 For several years after college I worked for an international development and relief organization based in Chicago.  We provided medicine and medical equipment and personnel for foreign hospitals in 80 or so of the economically-poorest countries of the world.  My work was in personnel, which included orienting our expatriate doctors and nurses and…

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