As the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the gospel accounts, so the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Vigil of Easter are the culmination of the church year.
The services on Maundy Thursday have at least four emphases: (more…)
The Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 15, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21. Pastor Jonathan Linman will preside and preach.
Pastor Detweiler is on vacation until March 25, when he will return to the office.
The theme of God’s love expressed in covenant continues. Last week we read the Mosaic Covenant: the 10 Commandments. This week we read about the consequences of the people’s faithless ignoring of that covenant. But even in their faithlessness, God does not abandon them, but provides a means of salvation. A symbol of their affliction becomes the means of salvation for them. (more…)
The Rev. Dr. William A. Heisley
Lessons: Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 98; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; John 3:13-17
“Keep your chin up.” That might be a good slogan for today. Holy Cross Day. Keep your chin up, keep your head up, keep your eyes up. Might be good to think along these lines today, just like an athlete, always with her eyes on the goal. When you keep your chin up you’re not able to look at your navel. You’re not able to become so self-centered that you miss what’s going on around you, going on in the world. You’re able to see, and to see the widest view possible. And you’re able to see truth.
Moses and Israel were wondering through their lives, looking for life. Looking down at the land. Looking for a land flowing with milk and honey and all good things. And they weren’t finding it. Only hunger and thirst and then, to top it off, snakes. So Moses consulted with God. “What do I do now? These people are making me nuts!” And God told him to be absurd. (more…)