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Fifth Sunday in Easter

We are invited to consider our lives as a journey with Christ to a glorious, final home with God.

Collect: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Acts 7:55-60 . . . that journey includes both misunderstanding and suffering at the hands of those opposed to the gospel of Christ.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 . . . The Hidden Face of Love

1 Peter 2:2-10 . . .  The journeying with Jesus means being joined with him into a spiritual house, members of a holy nation.

John 14:1-14 . . . Jesus assures his disciples that their earthly journey culminates in an eternal home with their heavenly Father

A Homily on “Many rooms in my Father’s house:”  What happens after we die? What are these rooms that Jesus speaks about in today’s gospel?  by Geoffrey Plant   A talk on what “Resurrection” really means, in scripture terms.

Fourth Sunday in Easter

Jesus as our shepherd-leader

Collect: Fourth Sunday in Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with your and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Acts 2:42-47. . . Peter’s testimony moves the people to repent and be baptized, acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Messiah.

Psalm 23 . . .  a song from the flock of God

1 Peter 2:19-25 . . . Christ as suffering servant, a leader who is both redeemer and example.

John 10:1-10 . . . Jesus compares his relationship with God’s people to a shepherd’s care for the sheep.

Theme: Recognizing The Shepherd’s voice by Rev. Fr. Theme: Recognizing The Shepherd’s voice 

 

 

Third Sunday in Easter

An Invitation  Into Fellowship With the Resurrected Christ and With Each Other

Collect: Third Sunday in Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

 

Acts 2:14, 36-41 . . . how faith in the resurrected Jesus empowers the fledgling community of believers.

Psalm 116:1-3,10-17 . . . The Offered Cup

1 Peter 1:17-23 . . . A further exploration of Jesus’ redemptive work, the one who ransoms us from emptiness and exile.

Luke 24:13-35 . . . the risen Jesus teaches two disciples from the scriptures and shares a meal with them, establishing a pattern we still follow in our weekly liturgy.

Richard W. Voelz is an Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. In his sermon from Luke 24:13-35 he asks the question: “Have you ever felt the sting of a broken promise?” Cleopas and his companion had. They walked the road to Emmaus with their heads

 

Second Sunday in Easter

Faith in the Risen Christ

Collect: The Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery  established in the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Hoy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Acts 2: 14, 22-32 . . . Peter attests to the resurrection of Jesus Christ as an act of God, an act that forms the basis for Christian community.

Psalm 16 . . . A Song of the Refugee . . . a deep sense of optimism.

1 Peter 1:3-9 . . .  envisions faith in and a love for Christ as a sign of our salvation

John 20:19-31 . . . Jesus does not leave Thomas behind, but rewards his persistence with faith.

A Sermon about the twin.   MaryAnn McKibben Dana describes herself as “a writer, spouse, mother of three, muffin maker and occasional marathoner.” She says, “I am a Presbyterian pastor whose spiritual inner child is secretly Quaker. (I guess the secret’s out.) I believe in the expansive love of God that knows no bounds.” In this sermon from John 20:19-31 she wrestles with Thomas’s doubt, and the love of God that seeks him out and finds him in an upper room.

 

 

Easter Week

Collect: Saturday of Easter Week

I thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered me from the dominion of sin and death and brought me into the kingdom of your Son; and I pray that, as his death he has called me to life, so by his love he may raise me to eternal Joys;  who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

ACTS 4:13-21 . . .  Persecution for the sake of truth.

PSALM 118: 14-18 . . . Infinite Mercy, Everlasting Love

MARK 16:9-15, 20 . . . Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

The Persecution for Truth’s Sake

The Birthing of the Church , T.D. Jakes 

Collect: Friday of Easter Week

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of being and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

ACTS 4:1-12 . . . Peter and John before the Council

PSALM  116: 1-8 . . . The offered cup.

JOHN 21: 1-14 . . . Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

 The story in video

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Collect: Thursday of Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who is the Paschal Mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

ACTS 3:11-26 . . . Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico

PSALM 8 . . . Divine Majesty and Human Dignity

LUKE 24:36-48 . . . Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Jesus appears to the disciples — the story behind it.

 

Collect: Wednesday of Easter Week

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

ACTS 3:1-10

PSALM 105:1-8 . . . A Song of Remembrance

  1. O God, we rise in thanks to call upon your name, we rise to spread the tiding of your deeds
  2. We rise to sing you songs of praise recounting every work and word in music’s voice.
  3. We rise to sing in honor of holy name, let every seeker’s heart rejoice
  4. And search for you with their strength until they stand before the beauty of your face, remembering.
  5. Remember, remember everything you can recall, remember every work and wonder, remember every word God speaks to you in wisdom.
  6. Remember too that you are children of the Blessed One, your heritage goes back to Abraham and Sarah.
  7. Remember that you are servants of the Lord, and chosen ones like Jacob by your God,
  8. Who is the Mighty One and Master over all, whose will prevails and works succeed forever.  (Translated by Lynn C. Bauman, in “Ancient Songs Sung Anew: The Psalms as Poetry)

LUKE 24:13-35  or “The Road to Emmaus” trailer . . . read, watch or both.

A Sermon on The subject

 

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Collect: Tuesday of Easter Week

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever.  Amen.

ACTS 2: 36-41

PSALM 33:18-21

JOHN 20:11-18

Mary’s Encounter with the Risen Christ

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Collect: Monday of Easter Week

Grant , we pray, Almighty  God, that we who celebrate with awe the paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

PSALM 118:19-24 . . .  Infinite Mercy and Everlasting Love

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it

ACTS 2:14, 22-32  . . . Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. . . .

PSALM 16:8-11

 I keep the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
    my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,
    or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11 You show me the path of life.
    In your presence there is fullness of joy;
    in your right hand are pleasures forevermore

MATTHEW 28:9-15

Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Donald Lawrence Easter Praise

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Resurrection Sunday

Jesus’ triumph over death;  what happened to Jesus can also happen for us

Collect : Easter Sunday

O God, who for our redemption gave your only begotten Son to death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ you Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Acts 10:34-43 . . . Peter preaches the good news: Jesus, judge of the living and the dead, offers forgiveness

Jeremiah 31:1-6 . . . Jeremiah  foresees a time of restoration reminiscent of the first exodus.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 . . . the hearts of believers resound with shouts of victory: “The Lord has done a mighty thing!”

Colossians 3:1-4 . . . Paul reminds us that Christ is now our life, and we have set our hearts on him.

John 20:1-18 . . . the tomb is empty, and the risen Jesus reassured Mary Magdalene of his victory.

Matthew 28:1-10 . . . about the resurrection

The Story, a film.

What the resurrection means to us,  Sermon by Bishop  T.D. Jakes at Potter’s Touch.

 

Holy Week

Collect: Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that a the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath,  so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and raise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

JOB 14:1-14 . . . a reflection on the brevity of human life.

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LAMENTATIONS 3:1-9; 19-24. . . a poem of lamentation and complaint.

PSALM 31: 1-9; 19-24 . . . The Hidden Face of Love.

1 PETER 4:1-8 . . . Believers are encouraged to live devoted to the will of God, steering clear of all forms of dissipation.

JOHN 19:  38-42 . . . Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea  prepare  Jesus burial according to custom.

HOLY SATURDAY VIDEO SERIES

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Collect: Good Friday

Almighty God, We pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

ISAIAH 52:13-53:12 . . . the poem of the Lord’s servant who suffers and bears the sins of many.

PSALM 22 . . . a song of lamentation and a plea for deliverance by one who feels deserted and pressed in on every side, expressing final confidence in God and God’s goodness.

HEBREWS 10:16-25 . . . God has established the promised new covenant through which our sins are forgiven and God’s laws are written on our hearts.

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HEBREWS 4:14-16; 5:7-9 . . . we are encouraged to have full confidence in drawing near to God because Jesus, our great high priest, knows our every weakness and temptation and makes intercessions for us.

JOHN 18:1-19:42 . . . the story of Jesus’ trails before the Jewish council and Plate, followed by his final suffering and death.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

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Collect: Maundy Thursday

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted  the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in those holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life;  and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

EXODUS 12:1-14 . . . The meaning to the Passover Meal: a remembrance and reenactment of Israel’s beginnings as a people when they were saved our of slavery in Egypt.

PSALM 116: 1-2, 12-19 . . . an example of personal self-talk which allows one to move through the difficulty and maintain a balance.

  1. I love you Lord, you heard my cry because you listened closly on the day I called you.
  2. Death itself surrounded me, and trapped me in its tomb called anguish and despair. (and to continue with verses 12 thru 19)

1 CORINTHIANS 11: 23-26 . . . Paul recalls the tradition he received concerning the supper of the Lord on he night he was betrayed.

John 13: 1-17, 31-35. . . Jesus washes hi disciples feet during his last meal with them.
A Maundy Thursday presentation film for your viewing
A sermon on the Eucharist . . .  about your hands

 

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Collect: Wednesday in Holy Week

Lord God, whose blessed  our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face  to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the suffering of the present time,  confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

ISAIAH 50:4-9 . . .the servant who speaks for the Lord and suffers persecution, but still trust in God’s help and vindication.

PSALM 70 . . . a prayer for help and vindication

HEBREWS 12: 1-3 . . . persevere in the face of adversity.

JOHN 13: 21-32 . . . At the final supper with his disciples Jesus is troubled by knowledge of Juda’s impending betrayal but tells his disciples that God is at work in the glorification of the Son of Man.

Ms. Brit Bjurstrom, postulant for Holy Orders, delivers the sermon at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Hollywood, CA.

Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir: ‘The Passion of St John’ (2016)

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Collect: Tuesday in Holy Week

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

ISAIAH 49: 1-7 . . . The servant of the Lord reflects movingly on his mission — it sorrows and frustrations — and God’s high calling and promise to be with him.

PSALM 71: 1-14 . . . Wisdom’s Aged Song: that Good will be our refuge and stronghold.

1 CORINTHIANS 1: 18-31 . . . Paul directs the attention of the Corinthians to God’s way of using what is weak and lowly — even what the world regards as foolish — to accomplish the divine purposes.

JOHN 12: 20-36 . . . Jesus presents teaching concerning the meaning of his death.  After his prayer to God a voice from heaven is heard.

A Sermon for Tuesday: “Thinking about Holy Week, on this Holy Tuesday, I offer this sermon from John 12:20-36 on the Greeks who ask to speak with Jesus. I hope it will encourage you as we draw closer to Easter Sunday!”
— Andrew

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Collect: Monday in Holy Week

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way  of the cross may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever. Amen

ISAIAH  42:1-9 . . . the mission of the Lord’s servant, the one whom God has chosen to bring forth justice.

PSALM 36:5-11

HEBREWS 9:11-15 . . . Christ has inaugurated a new covenant, accomplishing all that was anticipated by the rites and rituals of the first covenant.

JOHN 12:1-11 . . . Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, anoints Jesus feet with costly perfume.

Monday in Holy Week sermon delivered by Fr. Ian Elliott Davies, Rector, St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood

 

Readings for Palm Sunday

The Depth of Jesus’ Suffering and Anticipate His Final Triumph

Collect: The Sunday of the Passion

Almighty and ever-living God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Isaiah 50:4-9  . . . Isaiah pictures God’s servant enduring rejection so that he might speak God’s word.

Psalm 31:9-16 . . . The Hidden Face of Love

Philippians 2:5-11 . . . Paul describes Christ’s spirit of humility

Matthew 26:14–27:66 . . . Jesus, nailed to a cross, receives the abuse and scorn of all people.

Sermon  by Richard W. Voelz is an Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. His sermon for this week draws on the eyewitness account of Egeria, an early pilgrim to Jerusalem, who marveled at the devotion of the all-day Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. What can we learn from those pilgrims?

Also Palm Sunday: As Passover approaches two processions enter the Holy City. The might of imperial Rome, and Jesus, riding on a donkey. Rival theologies and rival social orders. by Geoffrey Plant . . . other talks about Palm Sunday.  Enjoy!

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Readings for FifthSunday of Lent

The New Life promised to Believers Through Jesus, the Christ

Collect: Fifth Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners; Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Ezekiel 37:1-14 . . .  announces that, at the word of the Lord, God will restore the people and breathe into them God’s Spirit.

Psalm 130 . . . The Call for Healing

Romans 8: 6-11 . . . Paul asserts that those who belong to Christ have Christ’s Spirit living within, enlivening and empowering them.

John 11: 1-45 . . . Jesus demonstrates his power to give life by raising his friend Lazarus from the dead.

Homily by Jude Thaddeus Langeh

And then there is . . . Will Willimon is a bishop in the United Methodist Church

 

Readings for Fourth Sunday of Lent

Light for the world, dispelling spiritual darkness.

Collect: Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore gives us this bread, that he may lie in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

1 Samuel 16: 1-13 . . . Samuel sees beyond outward appearances to choose the least likely son of Jesse to anoint as king

Psalm 23 . . . A Song From the Flock of God.

Ephesians 5:8-14 . . . Paul explains that the Christian’s life must be characterized by the light of holiness.

John 9:1-41 . . . a blind man gains sight and worships Jesus.

A Sermon for the fourth Sunday of Lent

Will Willimon is a bishop in the United Methodist Church and one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. He is also a prolific author, having written more than 60 books. Will has something to say. In this sermon from John 9:1-41 he has something to say about the Man Born Blind, and how his encounter with Jesus moves him from darkness to light