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Pastor Julie Blum has been the pastor of Maple Leaf Lutheran Church since July of 2002.  She is originally from Kennewick, WA with most of her extended family still living in Eastern Washington.  She did her under graduate work at Pacific Lutheran University and received her Masterís of Divinity at Luther Seminary, in St. Paul Minnesota.  Before moving to Seattle she served as Associate Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Boise, Idaho.  Pastor Blum enjoys spending time with her daughter, gardening and traveling.  In 2013 she was privileged to receive a grant from the Lily Endowment Fund to take a three month sabbatical, traveling to Scotland, Ireland, Hawaii and the Oregon Coast.



Sermon from All Saint's Sunday 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   
Sermon disclaimer:  Before you read the following sermon, read this.  People often ask me for copies of my sermons.  I don’t really like to give them out, and I'll tell you why:  I write sermons to be heard not to be read - As you will notice with the lack of correct grammer, puncuations and perhaps even correct spelling : )   I write them for a particular context and time and a specific people, not for the world in general.  Also when I give a sermon it ends up not to be exactly what I've written down.  Yes, I go off script.  In fact, sometimes I don't even use a script and thus don't have "a copy of "my sermon to share.  With all that in mind, here's my sermon given at Maple Leaf Lutheran church on All Saints Sunday 2009....
 
            I love the fact that the story of Lazarus is the assigned text for All Saints Sunday. The reason I love it is because I believe the main saint in this story is indeed Lazarus himself!   - The one who did nothing, said nothing, and accomplished nothing. That gives me hope. Dead Lazarus could do nothing for himself or for God.  He could only passively receive the new life God gave him. That’s what it takes to be a saint! Nothing!
            We aren’t even told what Lazarus did after he was raised from the dead. 
            There’s a very little known play by Eugene O'Neill entitled "Lazarus Laughed” that images what might have happened to Lazarus after he was raised.   
            The play picks up, where the Biblical story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead leaves off. 
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November 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   
In any given month I hear several opposing comments like “We don’t have enough organ music” AND “We have too much organ music.” Or opinions like “I don’t like it when we wear albs” AND “I don’t like it when we don’t wear albs.” I’m not making this up; I really do hear these types of paradoxical comments on a regular bases. Two of these contradictory remarks I recently heard on the exact same day. The remarks were: “I think our worship service is too casual” AND “I think our worship service is too formal.” I hear these terms of comments al the time: Some people want the Communion wine served ...
Last Updated ( Friday, 06 November 2009 )
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October 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

I write this as I sit in our Community Hall volunteering for the blood drive.  There is a lull in the action right now but we expect for things to pick up as soon as people get off from work.  As I sit here watching people donate people I am thinking of the concept of giving.  Why in the world are these people taking 45 minutes out of their day to donate blood?  Sure, they get juice and a cookie but they also have to go through a lot of paperwork, questions, blood testing, not to mention being poked by a needle and having blood drained out of them.  Many people who have been through today do this on a regular basis and come back again and again.  Most of them do it with a smile on their face and with a good attitude. Why?  I’m sure there are other things they could be doing with their time....

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September 2009 Message PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   
I’ve been thinking a lot about Sunday school lately.  Not just our Sunday school at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, but Sunday school in general.  How many of you remember your own Sunday school experience when you were a child?  I must admit that I didn’t remember many specific details about mine. I just have vague memories. There were years of Christmas programs where all the children received a bags of nuts and oranges afterwards.  There were Halloween parties with homemade carnival type games in the church basement. There were arts and crafts, songs and puppet shows.  But what I remembered the most was the connection with the rest of the Church. 
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August 2009 message PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

Ever since I mentioned at the May congregational meeting my concern over the low worship attendance some members have asked me “why?” Or in other words “what do you think is the reason for the low attendance?”  This is something I have been asking myself as well:  Why is our worship attendance down?

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