May 21, 2017
Becoming One With Each Other

As we enter our second week in our series, “Becoming,” this week and next week we continue listening in on Jesus’ final conversation with his disciples on the night before his death. Imagine that we are sitting with Jesus and his disciples around a table. Jesus has already tried to show what God’s love is like to his disciples. They have shared a meal. He has washed their feet. He has told them he will not be with them for very much longer.

Last week, we talked about how, just as Jesus reached out to embrace his disciples, Jesus reaches out to embrace us. He invites us into unity with the Triune God. He draws us into the body of Christ. It is his work, not ours, that makes us one with him.

Now he tells his disciples, and he tells us, that even though he is going away, he is not leaving us alone. The Father is sending an advocate, the very Spirit of God, to be with us forever. In addition, Jesus is leaving us something to follow besides him. He is leaving a new commandment. We are to love one another. We are to love one another as he has loved us. If his disciples obey his commandment to love one another, Jesus says, even after he has left the world, and the world can no longer see him, his disciples will still be able to see him. He says that when we have the commandments and keep them, we will be loved by his Father and he will love us and reveal himself to us.

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  • May 21, 2017Becoming One With Each Other
    May 21, 2017
    Becoming One With Each Other

    As we enter our second week in our series, “Becoming,” this week and next week we continue listening in on Jesus’ final conversation with his disciples on the night before his death. Imagine that we are sitting with Jesus and his disciples around a table. Jesus has already tried to show what God’s love is like to his disciples. They have shared a meal. He has washed their feet. He has told them he will not be with them for very much longer.

    Last week, we talked about how, just as Jesus reached out to embrace his disciples, Jesus reaches out to embrace us. He invites us into unity with the Triune God. He draws us into the body of Christ. It is his work, not ours, that makes us one with him.

    Now he tells his disciples, and he tells us, that even though he is going away, he is not leaving us alone. The Father is sending an advocate, the very Spirit of God, to be with us forever. In addition, Jesus is leaving us something to follow besides him. He is leaving a new commandment. We are to love one another. We are to love one another as he has loved us. If his disciples obey his commandment to love one another, Jesus says, even after he has left the world, and the world can no longer see him, his disciples will still be able to see him. He says that when we have the commandments and keep them, we will be loved by his Father and he will love us and reveal himself to us.

  • May 14, 2017Becoming One With Christ
    May 14, 2017
    Becoming One With Christ
    Today marks the launch of our second Easter three-week series. “Becoming…” focuses on claiming our spiritual gifts and callings as we seek to live out what it means to become one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Easter season culminates with Pentecost and a service of commissioning people into the ministries to which they have discerned they are called.
  • May 7, 2017Awakening to Baptism
    May 7, 2017
    Awakening to Baptism
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  • Apr 30, 2017Awakening to Table
    Apr 30, 2017
    Awakening to Table

    Last week in the first sermon of this miniseries on “Awakening,” we talked about awakening to ministry. Specifically, we talked about awakening ourselves to the holy work of sharing peace and offering forgiveness. We talked about how this work is for us all. Absolving others is not relegated only to ordained priests. Offering forgiveness is not sacramental work. Jesus gives the authority to offer this ministry to all people who would take up their own cross and follow him.

    This week we are awakening to the meaning of the sacrament of Holy Communion.

  • Apr 23, 2017Awakening to Ministry
    Apr 23, 2017
    Awakening to Ministry
    Today marks the kickoff of the first of two three-week miniseries. “Awakening...” focuses on the meaning and grounding of ministry, Holy Communion, and baptism. The second miniseries, “Becoming…”, starts in three weeks and focuses on claiming our spiritual gifts and callings and becoming one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Easter season culminates with Pentecost and a service of commissioning persons into the ministries to which they have discerned they are called.
  • Apr 16, 2017Through Death to Life: Easter Day
    Apr 16, 2017
    Through Death to Life: Easter Day

    As of the conclusion of the service on Holy Thursday, our worship life had moved toward starkness and silence, the silence of death.

    Today, that all changes. Every stop is to be pulled out. Everything removed is returned to its place. Flowers may abound. Music may become lavish. Today, we move from sorrow to rejoicing, from silence to loud praise, from death to life. In the words of the Orthodox Easter Troparion alluded to in today’s suggested Great Thanksgiving, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, to those in the tombs restoring life.” And we rejoice.

    Today’s service, themed “The Dawning,” begins by walking with Mary Magdalene on her journey from grief and fear to boldly proclaiming the Resurrection of Christ to his other disciples. The sermon follows the Easter Proclamation and singing, and concludes with Mary’s proclamation followed by more singing in which we confess and declare the Resurrection together.

    From the singing we move immediately into a joyous Great Thanksgiving. The service concludes with more bold Easter music and a sending forth with joy. It is customary in many churches to conclude such Easter services with the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus. A link to a score you may freely reproduce for congregational singing is included.

  • Apr 9, 2017Through Death to Life: Palm Sunday
    Apr 9, 2017
    Through Death to Life: Palm Sunday

    We hear and feel the juxtaposition of violence, love, and hope dramatically in the contrast between the processions that begin and end this service.

    We begin with Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem, met with both joyous expectation by some, and curious or hostile wonder by others. We conclude with the reading of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ procession to his place of execution and what unfolds there.

  • Apr 2, 2017Living Out Your Baptismal Calling: Believe
    Apr 2, 2017
    Living Out Your Baptismal Calling: Believe
    Today is the fifth Sunday in the Lenten series, “Living the Baptismal Calling.” Today’s focus is on the last baptismal question, the call to profess, with the church, the faith of the whole church “into” our Triune God. The idea of faith “into” comes from the New Testament and the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds themselves. The most frequent way the New Testament describes the nature of our faith is not “faith in” (i.e., giving intellectual assent to), but rather “faith into” (meaning, entrusting ourselves entirely to). That is why the phrasing of the questions preceding each of the three articles of the Apostles’ Creed in the Entrance of this service is “do you entrust your life to” rather than “do you believe in.”
  • Mar 26, 2017Living Out Your Baptismal Calling: Nurture
    Mar 26, 2017
    Living Out Your Baptismal Calling: Nurture
    Today is the fourth Sunday in the Lenten series, “Living the Baptismal Calling.” Today’s focus is on the fourth and eighth baptismal questions: To parents and sponsors: Will you nurture these children/persons in Christ’s holy Church, that by your teaching and example they may be guided to accept God’s grace for themselves, to profess their faith openly, and to lead a Christian life? 
  • Mar 19, 2017Living Out Your Baptismal Calling: Confess
    Mar 19, 2017
    Living Out Your Baptismal Calling: Confess
    Today is the third Sunday in the Lenten series, “Living the Baptismal Calling.” Today’s focus is on the third and fifth baptismal questions: “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his