TagResurrection

Almost But Not Yet

Resurrection is about a new bodily life in this world and for this world.  What they (Gospel writers) are saying is that the resurrection of Jesus means that God’s new creation has begun, and therefore we have a job to do.  Our calling then in the light of Easter is to be as it were…

The Disembodied Body

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” ~~~ John 20:29   I look each person in the face … striving to make eye contact … doing my very best to communicate warmth and receptivity … and yearning…

The Black Hole of the Easter Cave

TRADITIONAL SERMON Easter Sunday Darkness and light … it is a rhythm that has always stood at the center of this story.  Energy … that we cannot begin to comprehend, fuels the event.  Theories, questions and conclusions have arisen around it, even though none of us have ever seen it with our own eyes.  And…

There’s Something About Mary

Traditional Sermon Mary Magdalene, Apostle Day “I have seen the Lord!” It’s a great phrase found in our Gospel reading today from John chapter 20. We usually hear this Gospel reading on Easter morning. One can say that you can boil down every sermon to one phrase– “I have seen the Lord!” Not bad…a sermon…

Death is Not the Final Word

Some of you know I am a bit of a poetry junkie.  I subscribe to a couple of poetry blogs … The Writer’s Almanac … Panhala … Poem of the Week.  They are all different. The Writer’s Almanac is my favorite, as it has the widest breadth of poems from classic to modern, from rhythmic…

Where do you see God in Worship?

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). I am sure everyone has had instances when they have had their doubts about something. There are things or situations that are just too good to be true. And what do we tend to do when…

2nd Sunday after Easter Preview

A week later the disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him [Thomas], “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are…

Wheat Arising Green

Traditional Sermon Lent 5 The grain of wheat falling to the earth and dying, bears fruit in our agricultural world.  What are the grains of of our lives that in dying bear fruit of grace and blessing for us? Oft times a hymn is a sermon in and of itself, with the hymn text writer…