July 17, 2019

The 3 Days — Easter Sunday 2019

Easter Sunday 2019 Praise and thanks remain your song of praise Hell and the devil are overcome their gates are destroyed Shout and cheer, you loosened tongues, so that you are heard in heaven Open up, you heavens,the splendid arches, the Lion of Judah comes drawn in victory! • J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio (BWV 249) […]

The 3 Days — Holy Saturday 2019

Holy Saturday 2019 God’s Godness in the grave of godlessness There is a “faith” which has forgotten what it is to doubt; a way of hearing which no longer listens to the silence; a certainty that God is close which dares not look into eyes still haunted by divine remoteness; a hope for some glory […]

The 3 Days — Randy Thompson: Good Friday Meditation

Good Friday Meditation Randy Thompson It is noon, and I am sitting in the last pew, in the back of the church. I am here because it is Good Friday. I do not have any deep thoughts. I do not vividly imagine myself at Golgotha. I am here because on this day I need to […]

Maundy Thursday 2019

Maundy Thursday 2019 Meal When the time came for Jesus and the apostles to eat, he said to them, “I have very much wanted to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I tell you that I will not eat another Passover meal until it is finally eaten in God’s kingdom.” Jesus took […]

Wednesday in Holy Week 2019

Wednesday in Holy Week 2019 Portent When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’ …‘When you see […]

Tuesday in Holy Week 2019

Tuesday in Holy Week 2019 Parable A man once planted a vineyard and rented it out. Then he left the country for a long time. When it was time to harvest the crop, he sent a servant to ask the renters for his share of the grapes. But they beat up the servant and sent […]

Monday in Holy Week 2019

Monday in Holy Week 2019 Temple When Jesus came closer and could see Jerusalem, he cried and said: It is too bad that today your people don’t know what will bring them peace! Now it is hidden from them. Jerusalem, the time will come when your enemies will build walls around you to attack you. […]

Palm Sunday with Frederick Buechener

Palm Sunday with Frederick Buechener WHEN JESUS OF Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and his followers cried out, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord,” the Pharisees went to Jesus and told him to put an end to their blasphemies, and Jesus said to them, “I tell you, […]

Easter 2018: Thank God for the Gospel of Mark

Easter 2018 Sermon: Thank God for the Gospel of Mark When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. […]

Holy Saturday: Today Hades Groans

Holy Saturday Today Hades tearfully sighs: “Would that I had not received him who was born of Mary, for he came to me and destroyed my power; he broke my bronze gates, and being God, delivered the souls I had been holding captive.” O Lord, glory to your cross and to your holy resurrection! Today […]