April 23, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Easter/John 20:19-31 How obvious Easter seems to us! The stone rolled away, the empty tomb, the abandoned grave clothes. Alleluia! we sing. We adorn our sanctuaries with lilies. We drape our crosses with white linen and fresh flowers. We celebrate the morning with trumpet blast and loud choral… Read More Seeing Is Believing
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017/John 20:1-18 Do you remember the first time you heard the story? Matthew and Luke each have a slightly different account, but the bare bones are still the same. Early in the morning, before daybreak, before the sun has even peeked over the horizon, some one or group of disciples make… Read More Is It True?
April 13, 2017-Maundy Thursday/John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Last year on Maundy Thursday, Pope Francis shed his ornate papal robes and, kneeling to the ground, gently took the foot of a woman seated in front of him, and after kissing it, he washed it. He washed the feet of several people that day – all refugees at… Read More What Glory Looks Like
Palm Sunday, April 2, 2017/Philippians 2:5-11 Everybody loves a parade – and we use just about any excuse to have one. Since 1924, Macy’s has entertained children and adults alike with a Thanksgiving Day Parade jam-packed with floats and balloons and marching bands. New York is known for its ticker-tape parades honoring leaders of foreign… Read More Palms and Ashes
April 2, 2017/John 11:1-45 Imagine you were one of the disciples following Jesus. Something had compelled you to leave your fishing nets – or your desk job or your routine – and gallivant across the countryside with this man from Nazareth. And it wasn’t very long before your instincts proved correct. He healed blind people… Read More How Embarrassing