Third Sunday after Pentecost 10 June 2018 (Genesis 3:8-15 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35) “Sing Loudly the Love of Jesus!” I hear two important questions in today’s Gospel reading: “Who is Jesus?” “Who is Jesus’ family?” Both are connected! Here are the words from Mark 3:19-21 (NRSV): “Then Jesus went home; and the … More “Sing Loudly the Love of Jesus!”
Mark 2:23-3:6 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for human beings, not human beings for the Sabbath.” Throughout our Gospel for this weekend, the Pharisees accuse Jesus and the disciples of unlawful activity, of failing to … More Set free by the law
Trinity Sunday 27 May 2018 (Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 29 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17) “Let’s Dance!” I love my Thaumatrope (THO-ma-trope).1 It is the perfect toy for Trinity Sunday. Two pieces of paper, taped together on a straw/pencil. Two different pictures (fish and a fishbowl), two separate pictures, but when you spin them it looks like … More “Let’s dance!”
Acts 2: 1-21 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Today we celebrate the day of Pentecost. In the language of the church, it is the third great festival day of the church year. The culmination of the Easter Season, when after Jesus death, resurrection, and accession, the Holy Spirit descended from heaven over believers from every nation. The … More Pentecost 2018: The Comfort of the Spirit
Fifth Sunday of Easter 29 April 2018 (Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8) “Vines! Vines! Everywhere!” In these past few chapters of John’s Gospel we’ve heard Jesus say,”I am the bread of life!” “I am the light of the world!” “I am the Good Shepherd!” “I am the gate!” “I am the … More “Vines! Vines! Everywhere!”
Second Sunday of Easter 8 April 2018 (Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 133 1 John 1:1-2:2 John 20:19-31) “A Tough Act to Follow!” Easter Sunday is a tough act to follow! A crucified Jesus rising from the tomb more alive than ever before! A body so gloriously alive that even his dearest friend Mary does not recognize … More “A Tough Act to Follow!”
John 20: 1-18 Christ is Risen! (Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia!) He is risen indeed, alleluia… And so we gather together today to celebrate The Resurrection of our Lord… Easter Sunday. The day that Jesus rose from the grave following his crucifixion, leaving behind an empty tomb. In the life of the Church, it is … More Easter 2018: So What?