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?
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