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Lent

Apr. 5, 2020 – 10:30 AM – Online Worship

Posted by on Sun, Apr 5, 2020 in Holy Week, Lent, Livestream

An archival video recording of the online worship service streamed live via Zoom and Facebook Live on the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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Apr. 5, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Apr 5, 2020 in Feast Days, Holy Week, Lent, Sermons

It is said that for one’s soul to come to God we must either travel the path of love or the path of suffering. And really, if we love deeply, we know we risk suffering for that love. Jesus’ procession into his last days dynamically reminds us of this I think we try to shield children from pain and loss as much as we can, including from the pain and messiness of Jesus’ last days. When we’re young it’s understandable to learn such things at a child’s level, and  sometimes children themselves seem to filter out the scary or bad parts; perhaps this is how God protects them. As we grow up we learn this protection no longer serves us, and that yes, bad things can happen to good people.

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Mar. 29, 2020 – 10:30 AM – Online Worship

Posted by on Sun, Mar 29, 2020 in Lent, Livestream

An archival video recording of the online worship service streamed live via Zoom and Facebook Live on the Fifth Sunday in Lent: March 29, 2020. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONELICENSE.net License No. A-706794.

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Mar. 29, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Mar 29, 2020 in Lent, Sermons

Mar. 29, 2020 – sermon

ur gospel today is about life and hope and promise, even though they must walk through grief and death and disappointment in order to get to it. We are surrounded by death and the fear of death these days, the stories, the rising count, and it becomes a companion to my day as I check the numbers of new cases, deaths and recoveries and as I write down the prayer requests you send in, both of which guide my prayers and lead me to seek  out glimpses of good news. We are in an onerously relevant place to enter this (rather lengthy) Gospel about the raising of Lazarus. If we read the very next handful of lines we would hear the Chief Priests and Pharisees plan to kill Jesus because of what he did in raising Lazarus. Death seems to accompany Jesus in today’s gospel as he walks on toward his own suffering and death. This will be Jesus’ most powerful sign, and a symbolic foreshadowing of his triumph over death itself. This is true irony; the authorities plan to kill Jesus because he gives life! Yet his crucifixion will serve to glorify him, his resurrection the revealing of eternal life.

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Mar. 22, 2020 – 10:30 AM – Online Worship

Posted by on Sun, Mar 22, 2020 in Lent, Livestream

An archival video recording of the online worship service streamed live via Zoom. Due to a technical glitch, the video begins at the sermon. We hope to restore Facebook Live for the service on March 29.

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Mar. 22, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Mar 22, 2020 in Lent, Sermons

The Fourth Sunday in Lent March 22, 2020 Notice how instead of seeking help for the man who’s blind, the first lines are about looking for where to put the blame for it? Blaming someone else means it’s not happening to us, and people do it to this day without realizing it. Would knowing one’s sin caused that blindness change their actions or opinion of him? His needs? Notice how they don’t recognize him as a man or neighbor once he is no longer blind? That’s all they saw was his blindness. Notice how discordant things feel between questioners and the one healed afterwards? As if the healing...

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