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Burn It Down! Arise!

While pondering Ash Wednesday, our Lenten journey, and the Resurrection at Easter, I am captivated by the imagery of fire and flames, the ashes left behind, and the mythical Phoenix.

We are temporary.
Ash Wednesday echoes to each person ‘remember that you are ash and to ash you shall return’. It reminds us that our physical bodies, minds, and lives are temporary, for in the grand scheme of time our existence is a mere blink of the eye.

Despite this brief existence, we are tempted to extended it through becoming legends and lifting ourselves onto a delusional pedestal built of pride, ego, and presumed (self) righteousness.

Burn it Down!
Lent is a journey of burning that delusional pedestal down to nothing but ashes.

Lent is a journey forged with vulnerability and honest self-reflection seeking to destroy that pedestal and additional barriers distracting from, challenging, and hindering our relationship with God, neighbor, and self. These barriers include, but are not limited to: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Victory: Notre Dame and Easter

He is Risen! (He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!)

THAT is our proclamation this morning, but it is also our proclamation every Sunday when we gather.  It is our constant reminder that Christ has been raised victoriously.

This Holy Week begun with the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral in France and a picture of destruction laying before the altar and the golden cross behind it has been featured on news and social media.

This imagine has been shared as a ‘miracle’ and the question ‘how can one not believe in God after seeing this picture’. I have a friend raised in a Jewish family, but identifies as atheist shared a version of the post that noted it was a wood fire that would not have burned hot enough to melt the gold.

Thus, there is a scientific and natural explanation, but I think that God most often works within natural law and order for God’s purposes.

I commented on her post: “True, but it is an amazing image especially for Holy Week”.
She simply replied “agreed”.

It is a powerful image for this week. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Resurrected into New Life

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We begun our service with the sanctuary darkened, the stain-glass windows covered, and the items of the crucifixion central to our space; in silence, those were removed while symbols of the Resurrection were brought in.

I led the congregation in a Thanksgiving for/Reminder of our Baptism, while in all black; afterwards, I put on the alb (the white robe).

This was all symbolic of our texts for “He is Risen! He has Risen Indeed! Alleluia!”.

Matthew’s account (chapter 28), Mary Magdalene and the other Mary go to the tomb to fulfil their responsibility to care for, to anoint the body. The men are hidden away in a dark room fearful of what the future holds. Now, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary would not have been in any more or less danger than those (male) disciples. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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The Invitation: Pondering Mark’s Resurrection Account

Our narrative (Mark 16: 1 – 8) this morning is built upon and continues from that of last Sunday.

On Palm/Passion Sunday, we recalled the final week of Jesus’ life from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his arrest, passion, crucifixion, death, and him placed within the tomb. Yet, this morning we joyfully proclaim another mystery of faith: the resurrection, for “He is Risen! (He has Risen Indeed!)”

The resurrection account in Mark, however, is often misunderstood as lacking. Let’s review Mark’s account:

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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Sermons

 

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