As we draw closer to Easter, we reflect more upon what it means for Jesus to die and rise again. What does his sacrifice and resurrection do for us? And what does it mean for us to follow such a Master? Coralie will explore some of these questions as she takes a deeper look at Jesus' teaching from the Gospel of John 12:20-33.
As a scriptural verse, John 3:16 is certainly among the most well known, both inside AND outside of the Christian community. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who BELIEVES in him may not perish but have eternal life." But what does it truly mean to believe in Jesus? Is it just a matter of agreeing that the church's teachings about him are true? Or, is there more to faith than that? In today's sermon, our guest preacher, Amy Hartin, will explore this question.
Most people know the story of Jesus' dramatic visit to the Temple in Jerusalem, where he overturns the tables of the money changers and throws out the people selling cattle, sheep and doves. He also accuses the people of turning his Father's house into a marketplace. What does Jesus mean by this accusation? What does this have to say about what's wrong with the way we, as twenty-first century Christians, worship?
Goodbyes can be extremely difficult. This is certainly true in the case of Jesus and his final hours with his disciples. Here, in the small upper room of a house somewhere outside of Jerusalem, Jesus informs his friends that he will soon have to leave them. However, at the same time, he also adds, "I will not leave you orphaned." Indeed, he promises to give them his eternal presence through the power of the Holy Spirit. In today's sermon, Coralie will elaborate on precisely what this means for us, the people of Christ's church.
When Mary Magdalene comes to Jesus' tomb on the first Easter Sunday she comes for the same reason anyone might visit the grave site of a loved one: to mourn. But instead of finding a sealed tomb she notices, first, that the stone has been rolled away and, secondly, that the body of Jesus is missing. Either someone has stolen the body of Christ or Mary is about to be the first to experience a wonderful event – an event of eternal significance. Come celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with us!
The first of these two videos is a traditional service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with Maundy Thursday readings. If you have a copy of the BCP at home, we recommend that you get it and follow along with the service, saying all the responses that are appropriate. If you don't have a copy of the BCP, you can still reverently participate, joining in whatever prayers you know from memory. Of course, you may take part in this service at any time. However, we recommend that you watch it at around 7:00 on Thursday evening.
After you participate in the Evening Prayer service, we highly recommend watching this sermon by Jasmine. The sermon is focused on John 13 - the story of Jesus washing the disciples' feet.