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April 28, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

4th Sunday of Easter — Great and Glorious Visions

Readings:

Acts 9:36-43

Psalm 23

Rev. 7:9-17

John 10:22-30

In the midst of grand visions, we have a story of a widow being raised.  God's grand vision is not just for the big things, but includes those who society does not think to be so important.

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April 13, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

2nd Sunday of Easter — Jesus and Disbelief

Readings:

Acts 5:27-32

Psalm 150

Revelation 1:4-8

John 20:19-31

Every year, the lectionary appoints the story of Thomas as the gospel lesson for the second Sunday of Easter.  Doubting Thomas, we call him.  But focusing on Thomas avoids the crux of the passage.  Jesus breathes his Spirit upon his followers, and sends them out.  Even in our disbelief Jesus draws near to us to bring about our faith, so that we may witness to God's mighty acts.

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April 5, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

Easter — April 4, 2010 — New and Unimagined

Readings:

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Luke 24:1-12

Jesus' resurrection from the dead is not just another miracle.  Jesus being raised by the glory of the Father is the mark of the beginning of the new age of God where this current age and its brokenness will be ended.

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April 5, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

Good Friday — April 2, 2010 — Voluntary Acceptance

Readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

John 18:1-19:42

On Good Friday, the meaning of Christ's death takes the fore.  His suffering and death show the extent to which God will go to reconcile us to him.

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April 5, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

Maundy Thursday — 1 Corinthians 11:17-32 — Dangerous Stories

Readings:

1 Corinthians 11:17-32

John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

On Maundy Thursday, we remember the institution of the Eucharist as well as Jesus washing the disciples' feet.  As Christ pours out his life for our sake, so we too are called to pour out ourselves on behalf of others.

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