Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 13, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
Today’s readings foreshadow the celebration of Jesus death and resurrection at the end of Holy Week. Isaiah refers to the new thing God will do, evoking the Exodus, and using the imagery of water in the desert that Christians see as baptismal. (more…)
Second Sunday in Lent – February 21, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 42:1-7,11-15; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:32-35. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
This Sunday’s theme is the challenge of the coming Kingdom of God and the reaction to it. God promises Abram, an old childless nomad, descendants and a permanent place in which to live. (more…)
Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2015
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
The theme for this week is Jesus Christ as the Vine of which we are the branches. The image is extended to include pruning and bearing fruit. The Risen Christ is the vine. We are grafted to the vine of Christ in baptism. As vines only produce fruit when they are pruned at the beginning of the growing season, so we are pruned to be fruitful as disciples.
Jesus then turns the image to “abiding.” As we stay connected to the Vine of the Risen Christ, we abide in him and he in us. It is only by abiding in him that we bear fruit as his disciples. If we do not abide in him, we are thrown away like the branches that have been pruned from the vine. (more…)
Music for Sunday
Prelude: Kyrie, Gott Vater, J.S. Bach
Offertory: Miserere mei, Deus, William Byrd
Communion: Lord, For Thy Tender Mercy’s Sake, Richard Farrant
Postlude: Fugue in G minor, J. S. Bach
#506 The Word of God is Source and Seed
#330 Seed That in Earth is Dying
#759 My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Bach Vespers: The Lamentation of Jeremiah, Thomas Tallis
Tudor England features prominently in this week’s proceedings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, which will see performances of works by William Byrd (c. 1540-1623), Richard Farrant (c. 1525-1580), and Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585). (more…)
The Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 22, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33. The Rev. Dr. David G. Burke will preside and preach.
Pastor Detweiler is on vacation until March 25, when he will return to the office.
Following Irenaeus, the second century leader of the church, who said that there were four covenants: with Noah, Abraham, Moses and then through Christ with the church, we have been reading about them in order this year of Mark.
The fourth covenant on Ireneaus’ list is taken up by the writer of Hebrews in the second lesson. This one is sealed by Jesus’ death on the cross. Again it is God who is the prime actor, raising Jesus from death to show God’s steadfastness in reaching out to us. Jesus thereby becomes the true High Priest of God. (more…)