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 “Happy Birthday, Church!”

5/31/2020 Day of Pentecost The text is Acts 2: 1-21. -o0o- 1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared … Continue reading

 “Jesus Permanence”

5/24/2020 Ascension of Our Lord The text is Luke 24: 44-53. -o0o- 44[Jesus said to the eleven and those with them,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”45Then he opened their … Continue reading

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

5/17/2020 Sixth Sunday of Easter The text is John 14: 15-21. -o0o- 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees … Continue reading

“No way; Way!”

5/10/2020  Fifth Sunday of Easter (and Mother’s Day)  The text is John 14:1-14. -o0o- [Jesus said to the disciples:] 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I … Continue reading

“We HAVE Hope”

April 26, 2020  Third Sunday of Easter The text is Luke 23:13-35. 13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came … Continue reading

“God’s Word Will Deliver Us”

March 29, 2020  5th Sunday in Lent  The text is John 11:1-45. 1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the … Continue reading

“None So Blind as Those Who Will Not See”

3/22/2020 4th Sunday in Lent The text is John 9:1-41. 1 As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works … Continue reading

“A 40-day Wilderness Journey”

3/1/2020  1st Sunday of Lent  The text is Matthew 4:1-11. 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, … Continue reading

“Holy Cinders”

2/26/2020 Ash Wednesday  The text is Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. (Jesus said), 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the … Continue reading

“Ch-Ch-Changes”

2/23/2020 Transfiguration of Our Lord  The text is Matthew 17: 1-9. Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to … Continue reading

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