Lent

Lent

Descending with Jesus

Link to start of sermon This Sunday’s readings Gospel: John 12:20-33 20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into…

Redemption Value

Link to start of sermon This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: John 3:14-21 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order…

The Cross

Link to start of sermon This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: John 2:13-22 13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the…

It’s a Little Foggy

Link to start of sermon This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Mark 8:31-38 31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting…

The First Sunday in Lent

Link to start of sermon This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Mark 1:9-15 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” 12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in…

Ash Wednesday

Link to start of sermon Readings Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give alms, do not let your…

Waiting…

Holy Saturday All Readings Gospel: John 19:38-42 19:38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body 19:39 Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 19:40 They…

Maundy Thursday

All Readings Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper  3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he…

The Great Litany

The Great Litany Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave His body to bewhipped and His face to be spit upon: Give us grace to acceptjoyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of theglory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ Your Son ourLord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, oneGod, for ever and ever.Amen. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy upon us. O God the Father, Creator of heaven…

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Readings  Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 21:1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 21:2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 21:3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 21:4 This took…

Where was He? Where is He?

The Fifth Sunday in Lent Readings Afterthoughts I hope that the sermons have helped you all feel connected during this time when we are physically apart. The gist of what I said in Sunday’s sermon was that we are called by God into life. It is this life that gives us hope in God’s restorative powers, meaningful relationships and a connection to God through His Spirit. I wanted to take a look at a question that is asked by some…