Lectionary Readings and Reflections for Sunday, April 27

April 24th, 2014

2nd Sunday of Easter ~ Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
What are the crucifixion wounds Jesus is showing you at this time in your life, and asking you to forgive? If all forgiveness, as all love, ultimately comes from God, how might our receiving God’s peace be related to our giving forth forgiveness?

This Week’s Message

April 24th, 2014

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Now the question is: what on earth does that mean for us 2000 years later? The difference between those of us who profess to follow the Risen One and others is not that only Christians have found eternal salvation in Christ. Scripture clearly teaches that all people and all creation are saved by Christ’s resurrection – even people who’d already gone to hell! What’s different is that we who recognize the resurrection as real are meant to live in a New Reality, in an Easter world. As the late Rev. William Sloane Coffin said, “Are we [Christians] going to continue the illusion of a Good Friday world, or start living the reality of an Easter one?” We have fifty days of Easter to reflect on how lives freed from the power of sin and death are lived out on earth as in heaven – and to take some baby steps into that New Reality. The gates are open — are we ready to enter into the Promised Land?

Sermon: Easter Reality

April 21st, 2014

Dorothy Whiston – Easter Reality

Lectionary Readings and Reflections for Sunday, April 20

April 15th, 2014

Easter Sunday ~ Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18
Love wins! In raising Jesus to Life that is beyond sin and death (but includes them), that is beyond time and space (but includes them), God shows us in a most amazing and definitive way the power of Divine Love to overcome absolutely everything that limits, demeans or denies Life. Can we imagine how wonderful our world would be if we fully entrusted our lives to (“believed in”) the Risen Christ? If we truly believed Love wins?

This Week’s Message

April 15th, 2014

On Sunday Kristin Marrs reflected with us on the power of fully embodied worship, from eating and drinking the Body and Blood of Christ, to mindful, reverent singing, to prayerful gestures and more. We began Palm / Passion Sunday shouting for joy and waving palms as we re-enacted Jesus’ grand entry into Jerusalem. And then we heard the woeful story of how the world’s (our) violence tortured and killed God Incarnate. And then, once again, we fed on the Body and Blood of Christ as we remembered – were re-membered and made whole by — God’s transforming mercy and forgiveness. During this Holy Week we’re invited to join Jesus on the Way of the Cross, the path of descent and surrender even unto the death of our ungodly selves and ways, so that we might be born to holy New Life with Christ on Easter. Are we willing to go that route?

Sermon: Obedient to the Point of Death

April 14th, 2014

Dorothy Whiston – Obedient to the Point of Death

Lectionary Readings and Reflections for Sunday, April 13

April 8th, 2014

Palm Sunday ~ Matt. 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matt. 26:14-27:66
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is a wonderful image of God moving toward us, always seeking us out to heal and free us. It’s street theater at it’s best, with Jesus enacting and fulfilling various elements of the Hebrew Rite of Atonement, a rite that celebrates God’s on-going creation and restoration of the world — us included and even in the face of suffering and death, thanks be to God!

This Week’s Message

April 8th, 2014

The penultimate sign in John’s gospel is Jesus raising Lazarus, a pretty spectacular miracle. As with all the signs John the Evangelist includes, it’s important to look at who and what the sign points to – God at work on our behalf in the world — more than to dwell on the sign itself. Jesus’ raising of Lazarus is an opportunity for his followers to understand a little better Jesus’ own death and resurrection, which will shortly follow. It is a “dress rehearsal” that will hopefully encourage them to stand by and witness things unfold from God’s life-giving hands, hands that always hold death within a greater Life. As we approach Easter, are we ready to let God hold us in a whole and holy New Life even if it means letting go of the culturally dictated death-tinged life we’re so familiar with and attached to?

Sermon: Signs of New Life

April 7th, 2014

Dorothy Whiston – Signs of New Life

Sermon: Seeing is Believing

March 31st, 2014

Dorothy Whiston – Seeing is Believing

 

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