We say that today is a celebration of Jesus' resurrection, do you know what that means? [Wait for answers]
In today's stories from the gospels we see that Jesus was dead and the disciples were going to visit his body to take care of it, but when they arrived at the place where he was buried, they found that he wasn't dead any more.… Read the rest “Children’s Moment for Easter Sunday 2020”
The scripture from Jeremiah for today foretells the time when the exiles would return to Israel from Babylon. It tells of joyful dancing and music-making celebrating their freedom and return to a place where they can thrive.
The elements at the table don't look like a feast, but they are a simple celebration of our freedom from sin and a glimpse our place in the realm of God.… Read the rest “Table Meditation (Old Testament) for Easter Sunday 2020”
In the Old Testament reading for today we hear the words, probably of the prophet himself, of one who endures all kinds of harm without returning harm in turn, waiting for the Lord to vindicate him. One can't read this without thinking of Jesus, quietly enduring "such contradiction of sinful people" as he made his way ultimately to the cross. … Read the rest “Table Meditation (Old Testament) for Palm/Passion Sunday 2020”
Does anyone here know who Lazarus was? He's actually pretty famous now because of what happened in our story for today, but this story is the only time he's ever mentioned and it's just in one gospel. So, you see, Lazarus wasn't a big deal.… Read the rest “Children’s Moment for Lent 5a – 29-Mar-20”
So, Lazarus is raised from the dead. Raised to do what? Sure, every time one of the people who were present at that resurrection sees Lazarus walking around, they'll think about the power of God who raised him, but neither Jesus nor God seem to be really concerned with bringing faith through signs and wonders in John's Gospels. … Read the rest “Table Meditation (Gospel) for Lent 5a – 29-Mar-20”