April 2017

April 2, 2017

Fifth Sunday in Lent-Jesus Meets Mary and Martha

Ezekiel 37:1-14

John 11:1-45

Jesus meets Mary and Martha who are grieving their dead brother, Lazarus.  Ezekiel is taken on a vision of the valley of dry bones, which come back to life, a sign of God’s faithfulness to Israel.


April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

Matthew 21:1-11

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Matthew 27:11-54

One of the ironies of our faith is that we can fit loud “Hosanna’s” and angry “Crucify Him!” chants neatly into the same week, or even the same worship service! But that may be so because it is a lot like life where the joy and sorrow if things are often mixed together.


April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34-43

John 20:1-18

The day of resurrection finds Jesus transformed but still bearing the scars of his passion. How like God to transform hate and injustice into new life and healing.


April 23, 2017

Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 22-32

John 20:19-31

On the evening of the Resurrection, Jesus appears to the eleven, then to Thomas, granting them the first gifts of new life: peace and power. Peace in their hearts, and the power to proclaim new life for all people.


April 30, 2017

Third Sunday of Easter-Earth Sunday

Genesis 1:3-31

John 1 and 20

The Resurrection of Jesus has cosmic implications. The whole world is lifted up with him on the cross and in the Resurrection, and groans in anticipation of its healing.


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