Sermons tagged with ‘Lent’

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Ash Wednesday – February 17, 2021

We begin the season of Lent, when we venture on a forty-day journey with Jesus, focusing on repentance, renewal, reconciliation, and God’s relationship with us through Jesus Christ. On Ash Wednesday we begin our forty-day journey toward Easter with a day of fasting and repentance. Marking our foreheads with dust, we acknowledge that we die […]

Worship Service March 29, 2020

Sermon Summary: On the Fifth Sunday in Lent we encounter Jesus in John 11, where we recall Jesus’ love for Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead; and the proclamation that Jesus is the resurrection and life. What does this Jesus story from John 11 tell us about our relationship with […]

Worship Service March 22, 2020

We are not alone. On the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Jesus meets us in John 9, in the healing of a blind man, who sees Jesus for who he is in contrast with the Pharisees, who are blind. Believing is seeing. What you see through the eyes of faith? What will you do in response […]

Palm Sunday – The Passion of Our Lord!

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Peace Players Presents Jesus’ Passion! Text: Luke 22:15 – 23:56; Palm Sunday, Jesus’ Passion & the beginning of Holy Week Friends, food and celebration – that’s what brought Jesus and his followers together for their Last Supper. Then, warnings, anguished prayers, disappointment, betrayal. Things got worse fast: Arrest, fear, denials, a rigged trial, torture. Then, […]

Jesus offers Costly perfume for the world

Jesus changes the concept of “costly perfume” Text: John 12: 1-8; Fifth Sunday in Lent Costly perfume, in Jesus’ time, sometimes consisted of the oily essence of a delicious flower called nard. Its pungent scent can fill a garden or a house. In today’s story, Jesus’ dear friends in Bethany threw him a big dinner. […]

How can we ‘bear fruit’?

Practice spiritual discipline and you will Bear Fruit Text: Luke 13:1-9; Fifth Sunday in Lent If we want to bear fruit, it helps to practice some spiritual discipline. First, our Gospel story offers some harsh imagery of followers who, Jesus implies, may have failed to bear fruit. It raises plenty of questions. (The Message’s version […]

Maundy Thursday command: Love and Serve

Maundy Thursday story gives us our job description 1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart […]

Love Like This!

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 2017 – Love one another… It sounds simple; but then Jesus says…”as I have loved you.” Sitting around that table, I can imagine the disciples, like you and me, nodding their heads. Of course! Show compassion, be nice to one another, forgive one another. Sure…we can do that! But wait… just […]

You strove with Satan…and you won

Sermon: March 5, 2017 –  In our Lutheran tradition of worship, the different pieces of our worship each week are connected by the themes in the scripture passages and the season of the church year. The scriptures we read are from the Revised Common Lectionary, which is a 3 year cycle of readings used by […]

When Reconciliation is All that matters

I really love this parable- for a lot of reasons. But one of the reasons I love it the most is because it has so many layers. Every time I spend time reading, studying and pondering it, I discover new insights and find new angles and perspectives…and then I think, “Jesus was so incredibly clever;