Gettysburg Good Friday Community Worship 30 March 2018 Luke 23:32-34: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing!” “Father, forgive them!” There are two places where the forgiveness of Jesus on the cross becomes most real to me in my life as a pastor. The first is when I lead a … More “Father, forgive them!”
Maundy Thursday 29 March 2018 (Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 116 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31-35) “The Gift and Grace of Love!” On St. Patrick’s Day, I did what I have been doing since I was a little boy—I planted peas. My Dad would say, “Mike, today is St. Patrick Day, so we have to plant … More “The Gift and the Grace of Love!”
Palm Sunday 25 March 2018 (Isaiah 50:4-9 Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 11:1-11) “Who Doesn’t Love A Parade?” Who doesn’t love a parade? Today’s front page of Saturday’s Gettysburg Times makes us ask this question in a new way. This story tells us how both the Christmas Halloween parades here in town are now in limbo. Without … More “Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?”
John 12:20-33 Last Sunday evening, I spent about two hours over at the Foltz’ house with Pastor Foltz and Faith, and a number of our young adults, around conversation and of course, around small feast as well. The question that guided our conversation centered around our Lutheran doctrine of Justification… the manner in which we … More To see Jesus
Fourth Sunday in Lent 11 March 2018 (Numbers 21:4-9 Psalm 107 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21) “Complaining! Complaining! Complaining!” Complaining! Complaining! Complaining! Brought to you directly from the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for forty years! “We don’t like the bitter water!” [Exodus 15:22-25]. ”We don’t have enough food!” [Exodus 16:2-3]. “We are thirsty!” [Exodus 17:3 … More “Complaining! Complaining! Complaining!”
John 2:12-22 Exodus 20:1-17 While the account given to us in today’s Gospel comes from beginning of John, it is the account in our synoptic Gospels that leads to Jesus’ arrest, and then, to his death on the cross. For John, it is the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead that secures his … More What does it mean to have a god?