Calendar April 2021

Second Sunday of Easter, 4.19.2020

            If ever there was a gospel that is right for these times, it is today’s gospel. Fear. People locked behind closed doors afraid to come out. And the usual problem – someone has to go out and get food, or visit an elderly relative to make sure they are alright. Then run back behind locked doors again. Fear, anger and upset-ness.

We can easily identify with the apostles; like them, we don’t know what is going to happen next. They are avoiding an enemy they can see – the religious authorities. We are trying to avoid an invisible enemy, one we cannot see. Like the apostles, we know life is going to be very different when we do finally emerge from our rooms. And we wonder when that will be? Continue reading “Second Sunday of Easter, 4.19.2020”

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Easter Sunday, 4.12.2020

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are celebrating Easter in a different fashion today, but keep in mind, the first Easter was a shocker, too.

“Do not be afraid,” had to be said twice that day, once by the angel and then emphatically by Jesus.

At the first Easter, the world was disrupted like ours: an earthquake, lightning, “The guards shook and became like dead men.” On the first Easter there was fear. So, my Easter message to you uses Jesus’ same words: do not be afraid. Continue reading “Easter Sunday, 4.12.2020”

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Maundy Thursday, 4.9.2020

            There are a lot of metaphors in scripture. Jesus will say the “kingdom of God is like” and then we’ll hear about how the kingdom of God is like a woman who has lost a gold coin. Or Jesus will compare himself to a mother hen – and how he’s like a hen trying to protect his chicks (us!) Or there will be parables, like the wise and foolish virgins, and we try to make out Jesus’ meaning. Jesus has so many head scratchers. There are so many metaphors and parables maybe we may feel like we can get away with calling tonight’s actions a metaphor. Continue reading “Maundy Thursday, 4.9.2020”

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Palm Sunday, 4.5.2020

            It’s funny how two different people can experience the same thing, but have a different perspective. There was a marketing campaign for a bank not too long ago, and they would show the same picture side by side, but with a different caption underneath each, capturing that there are different perspectives. It could be a photo of two hands touching, and one caption might be ‘friendship.’ The same photo – a different caption – would be ‘regret.’ You would look at them and say, yes, I see how you could interpret these same pictures with these different perspectives. The shadows maybe make it look like regret, and some sorrow. Continue reading “Palm Sunday, 4.5.2020”

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Fifth Sunday in Lent, 3.29.20

We live in a dramatic time. Certainly, we never anticipated such drama for ourselves. We are fortunate to have two dramatic readings from scripture to match today’s drama.

In today’s reading from Ezekial, we get this incredible image of a vast valley that’s filled with the dried bones of a huge army. As far as the eye can see – there are BONES. DEATH. DEFEAT. And the prophet wants us to know they are VERY DRY. Make no mistake about it. These bones cannot get up and move on their own. They need the animating BREATH of the Creator. Continue reading “Fifth Sunday in Lent, 3.29.20”

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First Sunday in Lent, 3.1.2020

Last week, God declares Jesus his BELOVED SON. We may wonder, what kind of perks does the Son of God get? What kind of desires get fulfilled when you’re Son of God?

When we start a new job, we wonder what else comes with it? A really good health plan?

A car? Travel expenses?

We know out in the desert, Jesus doesn’t get a supermarket sweep to fill up a grocery cart. We know he hasn’t asked for beachfront property or a full bank account. He hasn’t even asked for the POWER of a king. So, we wonder, WHAT are the perks if you are the Son of God? Continue reading “First Sunday in Lent, 3.1.2020”