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Charles Fredrickson
San Antonio, Texas - USA
Blog from an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor who served as a missionary in Nagoya, Japan and is now looking for a church to serve.
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This sermon was presented via the Zoom video conference platform to Nagoya All Saints International Church. It is based on the Gospel lesson for that Sunday, Matthew 10: 24-39 A facilitator at a congregational workshop began her presentation by showing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Ramblings
Sermon presented to Nagoya All Saints International Congregation on May 17, 2020 based on Acts 17: 22-31 meeting in virtual community. Are there blessings to being an expat? An expat is simply the word used to describe someone who lives... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Ramblings
On this Second Sunday of Easter I had the opportunity to preach and preside with the virtual community of All Saints in Nagoya, Japan. I am very grateful to have been part of this worshiping community in Christ. Below is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Ramblings
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! For Easter, I was invited to preach at a congregation that I served when we lived in Nagoya, Japan back in 2006-2010. Because of COVID-19 and in consideration of the health and well-being of all, our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Ramblings
Hi everyone- As some of you may know, our daughters were going to come visit us in early March. The church in Nagoya where Charles served from 2006-2010 just finished building a new sanctuary. Our whole family was invited to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at Ramblings
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I missed Japanese presentation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at Ramblings
We are not settled (somewhat) into life back in Japan. Our household shipment finally arrived and was able to set up my computer. Doing email by telephone was a challenge so I am thankful for a keyboard! No news yet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at Ramblings
Last Sermon presented to Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on the Gospel: Luke 17: 11-19 Pig bones. You wouldn’t think that bones from sometime around the 10th century BC would be such a big deal,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at a combined worship service for Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. We’ve got the power. In fact, each of us is a little power plant! And I am not talking about hormonal changes as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Luke 15: 1-10. This morning more than likely you parked in one of the more than 105 million estimated parking spaces in the United States. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Luke 14: 25-35. Do you have salt on your table? Much has changed for when I was growing up when someone said “Pass the salt,” I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Luke 14: 1, 7-14 On a typical morning, many of us rise from our beds and shuffle into the bathroom. It’s our first stop of the day. We can shower, comb through that hair, slap on deodorant... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Ramblings
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Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on August 18, 2019 based on the Hebrews 11: 29 -12:2. Picture Mount Everest. Earth’s highest mountain rises 29,029 feet above sea level. The first known to conquer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on the Gospel text from Luke 12: 32-39. Preached at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. This question, is not about the President of the United States; Twitter — love it, hate it or just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on August 4, 2019. Moment of silence for El Paso and Dayton in aftermath of mass shootings. Prayer: Gracious Lord who loves us so perfectly, help us to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Luke 11. In the movie Sister Act when the main character Sister Mary Clarence arrives at the convent at their first dinner, Sister Mary Patrick invites... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Luke 10: 38-42. Manuscript basis for sermon preached at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. Some sisters have a unique bond, a special relationship. Some sisters can be the best of friends, encouraging one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Ramblings
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We may know our next-door neighbors. But how about the people two doors down? Or three? Or four? For example, we live a condo with three other units of similar size in one building. We know them all and have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Romans 5. I understand about indecision. I don’t care if I get behind. People livin’ in competition; All I want is to have my peace of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Ramblings
One day, a priest from the local Roman Catholic Church and a pastor from the local Baptist church were standing by the side of the road holding up a sign that read, “The End Is Near! Turn yourself around before... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran on May 19 based on Revelation 21: 1-6 In 1917, a poem by an anonymous author appeared in the Hobo News. Called “The Hobo’s Last Lament,” it relates the last words of one of those... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on the Acts: 9: 36-43 and the story of Dorcas/Tabitha A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… let’s say 100 years ago, and not so far way, in this nation. One hundred years ago and... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preaching at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Acts 9: 1-20. Nine years ago, Sean Maloney was doing well. He was the executive vice president of a technology firm and next in line to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Exactly 50 years ago, a rumor began to fly around the world: “Paul is dead.” The year was 1969, and many people were convinced that a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran based on the first reading: Isaiah 43: 16-21 Occasionally, human beings experience a breakthrough. We discover or have a personal insight into our lives, the lives of others, our families our world. Other breakthroughs impact... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Ramblings