Tag: easter

Alleluia

“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb…” -from Mark 16 Tuesday started off as a normal morning for me. I got up…

Broadening

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. -from Romans 8…

Easter: Under Construction

“Don’t be alarmed,” [the young man] said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” Trembling and bewildered, the women…

Ascension

The ascension is actually a coronation service. Jesus wins, Jesus is being crowned the king, and he’s bringing us along for the ride. Ascension Day was this past Thursday. That’s not a church holiday that we generally celebrate, so I thought I’d tell you a bit about it. Ascension Day is always on a Thursday because it’s always 40 days…

Endings and Beginnings

You don’t have to be a preacher, to let people read grace in your life. This week, Craig and I spent some time undecorating this space. It felt a little weird to be undoing all the work that our family and friends had done- untying the pennants, taking down the paper lanterns, moving the cranes into my office. Speaking of…

A Tale of Two Fires

You may not know this, but in the Christian tradition, Easter is not just one day. Easter is a season, just like summer or fall. It involves several weeks of considering what the resurrection means for us. Now, if you’ve been around here long, you might have noticed that this meeting doesn’t put a whole lot of stock in the…

Recognition at Emmaus

When I learned the 23rd Psalm as a kid, I had a fairly flat understanding of the valley of the shadow of death. I just figured that it meant you were dead. You die, and the Shepherd sticks with you, walks beside you. I don’t think that’s why we read it at funerals, though. I mean, sure, there’s some comfort…