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Thomas, Called ‘The Twin’: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Easter II: John 20:19-31 It’s been a full week since we were last together here. But in our gospel story, it’s still Easter Sunday — the first Easter Sunday — “evening on that day, the first day of the week.” Last week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, when it was still dark. And […]

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Christ the Gardener: Sunday, March 31, 2024

Easter Day with Holy Baptism: Isaiah 25:6-9 Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 John 20:1-18 There’s a famous, kind of quirky, rough-around-the-edges preacher, Nadia Bolz-Weber, who’s remarked on today’s resurrection story: how Mary “came and saw the emptiness of the tomb and was afraid and then she saw Jesus standing there and… well, she thought it […]

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Living in a Good Friday World: Friday, March 29, 2024

Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25 John 18:1 – 19:42 There’s a story that’s been told: A little boy used to bring home friends from school. They used to play in the living room. But his father began to notice that his son stopped bringing home friends to play. So he […]

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Holding Two Opposed Ideas and Still Functioning: Palm/Passion Sunday

Sunday, March 24, 2024 (8:00 AM liturgy) John 12:12-16 Mark 15:1-47 The famous American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” Current and most common practice on […]

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The 4th Sunday in Lent; Ephesians 2:1-10

John Newton was born in 1725, in London, England. His father was a sailor, a shipmaster, and Newton’s early childhood was spent living with his mother during his father’s long voyages. When he was seven his mother died, and John’ was shuttled among relatives and had about two years of school before joining his father […]

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