Christ is risen! John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Christos anesti!  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed.  Alleluia! From St. John’s Gospel and the other gospel writers, Mary Magdalene, with some other women, went to the tomb early in the morning of the first day of the new week.  In the dim, gray light, they wondered how they would move the stone away from the entrance.  But when they arrived,… [more]

Christ is risen!  John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Christ is risen!  John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Good Friday Sermon: Isaiah 53:3-7

We live in a market-driven, entertainment-fixated world.  Shallow, entertaining sound-bites have replaced deep reflection.  And in such a world, Good Friday is not merely a misstep but a different dance altogether: God’s dance of death to give us life. Nothing is entertaining about the cross.  Drawing a smiley face on the cross does not change… [more]

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Maundy Thursday Sermon

Today, we rarely use the word “mercy” in our everyday speech.  But in the Church, it’s as common as the air we breathe.  We pray in the liturgy: “Lord, have mercy on us.”  When we do that, we echo the blind men who sought physical sight from Jesus in Matthew 9 and Luke 18.  For we also seek healing. But our blindness isn’t physical;… [more]

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Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter

As Holy week of 2014 draws near to a close, we will have our final services of the week: Maundy Thursday, April 17th, is at 7:00 PM.  This is a service when we commemorate Jesus instituting the New Covenant for us: His Holy Supper. Good Friday, April 18th, is when we observe Christ's crucifixion and death to give us His life. Easter Day,… [more]

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Matthew 21:1-11: Jesus Still Comes to Us

People confess what is within them by what they do.  People show what they believe by what they do with their hands, feet, and head.  For example, when a Lutheran kneels at the Communion rail, he confesses that before him is God, Jesus’ body and blood in the bread and wine.  Look at what people do with their bodies and you can see what they believe… [more]

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