15Apr

Lectionary Year B: Third Sunday of Easter

The Lectionary Reading for the Third Sunday of Easter, Year B.

First Reading: Acts 3:12-19

Psalm: Psalm 4

Epistle Reading: 1 John 3:1-7

Gospel Reading: Luke 24:36b-48

(Readings from New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, copyright 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America)

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11Apr

S5E35: Doubt and Belief (John 20:19-31)

The Apostle Thomas gets such a bad rap. His name has become a byword among us to mean one who is skeptical or cynical (who among us doesn't know a Doubting Thomas?). Yet what we find in the story of Thomas is the generous grace of God, who, as James says, "gives to all liberally and not grudgingly." When we have doubts, God answers them with just what we need, and puts aside our fears with his gentle proof.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on April 8, 2018.

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8Apr

Lectionary Year B: Second Sunday of Easter

The Lectionary Reading for the Second Sunday of Easter, Year B.

First Reading: Acts 4:32-35

Psalm: Psalm 133

Epistle Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:2

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

(Readings from New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, copyright 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America)

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7Apr

S5E34: Victory! (Easter Message)

It's easy for us to forget that the disciples and the women were not expecting an encounter with the risen Christ that first Easter Sunday. After all, we know the rest of the story. We know how it ends. But for the women on the first day of the week who went to anoint the body of Jesus for burial, it was not a time of celebration but a time of mourning, and their mourning soon turned to fear.

Mark 16:1-8

Recorded at Hudson UMC on April 1, 2018.

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3Apr

S5E33: What Did You Come to See? (Easter Sunrise)

One of my favorite services of the year is the Easter Sunrise service, where we gather in front of the Hudson UMC Cemetery and proclaim "He is Risen!" as the sun comes up. This year it was overcast and dreary, a perfect metaphor for the emotions clouding Mary Magdalene's heart that first Easter morning. She didn't come to see the risen Lord, but rather to prepare the body of her fallen master.

John 20:1-18

Recorded at Hudson UMC Cemetery on April 1, 2018.

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1Apr

Lectionary Year B: Easter Sunday

The Lectionary Reading for Easter Sunday, Year B (April 1, 2018)

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2,14-24

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Mark 16:1-8

John 20:1-18

(Readings from New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, copyright 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America)

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31Mar

S5E32: Father, Into Your Hands (Good Friday)

Each year in Penns Grove the Ministerium collectively puts on a Good Friday service that expounds upon the seven last words of Christ on the Cross.  This year it was my turn to take on the last word: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.  From this word we see a picture of Christ's obedience and learn what it means to submit ourselves to the will of God, our heavenly Father.

Luke 23:44-49

Recorded at New Hope UMC (Penns Grove) on March 30, 2018.

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30Mar

Holy Week Good Friday Reading (NRSV)

The Lectionary Reading for Holy Week, Good Friday, March 30, 2018

Old Testament: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Psalm: Psalm 22

Epistle: Hebrews 10:16-25; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Gospel (Passion): John 18:1-19:42

(Readings from New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, copyright 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America)

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29Mar

Holy Week Maundy Thursday Reading (NRSV)

The Lectionary Reading for Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Old Testament: Exodus 12:1-14

Psalm: Psalm 116:1-2,12-19

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Gospel: John 12:1-17,31b-35

(Readings from New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, copyright 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America)

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28Mar

Holy Week Wednesday Reading (NRSV)

The Lectionary Reading for Holy Week: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 70

Hebrews 12:1-3

John 13:21-32

(Readings from New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, copyright 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America)

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