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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 The Love Boat (sing along ). You remember The Love Boat? Where, in the span of an hour that may have represented a week in the lives of the people on the boat, people found love or repaired a broken love, and all was well. It was incredibly sentimental, much as the song communicates. John’s letter today is a veritable love fest, too! The word love or loved is used (granted, math was never my strong suit) 26 times in 14 verses in 1 John today!! We are surrounded by love. But, this is not the schmaltzy love found on the decks of the Love Boat. John 4 makes the famous yet bold claim that “God is love.” God may be other things, but one thing God is, says

Good Shepherd Sunday

Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 The Shepherd. What a wonderful image for a good and loving Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. A shepherd is a sentinel, a watchdog, a wise sage who knows the ways of the land and the world, even if he is not very well educated, in the eyes of the world. He does not abandon or leave the sheep; for they are like members of his own household. A shepherd is a nomad, one who is not rooted to one place but knows the stars, and moon, and the movements of the seasons. A shepherd knows that there is another place he must lead the sheep to, if they are to continue grazing and growing. But above all, perhaps, the shepherd who lays down his life and takes

Thirds Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 On Easter Sunday, we walked with Mark’s account of the Resurrection: spare and focused on the fear and amazement of the women who encounter the empty tomb. Last Sunday we welcomed Erin Flinn who told us something about John’s Resurrection story. Jesus comes into the locked room, breathes the Holy Spirit on the disciples, and says “Peace be with you,” before sending them out to proclaim the good news. Today, we have Luke and a very visceral Jesus, who brings with Him the violent marks of the crucifixion. It is I, he says, and eats something in front of them, so they will know it is He, not some figment of their imagination. But, he quickly m

Easter Sunday

Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Say it with me: Christ is Risen! Alleluia. One of our post-Communion prayers reads, in part, “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witness of Christ our Lord.” I kept going back to this little sliver of the prayer, as I continue to be reminded that Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day, is not merely about the confounding Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Resurrection means that we are witnesses to that Resurrection of Christ AND what it means to us and for us in our continuing life, as well as our eternal life. The readings today are about being Jesus’ witnesses in the world and that Resurrection is for us, n