Worship 10:30 am
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
The Power of Fear
After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Pharisees, out of fear, began to plot to kill Jesus. They felt vindicated. Surely Jesus will frighten the Romans and it is better that one man die than all of them die. The news got back to Jesus and he went to the live in the borderlands. Fear has so much power.
PALM SUNDAY/PASSION SUNDAY
Father, Forgive Them
Just moments after they nailed Jesus’ hands to the cross he looked out over the crowd and said, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” Who was he talking about as he looked out over that crowd?
Living Between Fear and Joy
In the Gospel of Matthew, two women went to the tomb that first Easter morning and were greeted by an angel who told them not to be afraid. They left the tomb in joy….and fear. But Jesus stopped them and told them not to be afraid. Sometimes we live in the borderland between fear and joy.
We Have Our Work Cut Out For Us
“What the world needs is better religion, new forms of old faith, religion reborn on the basis of deep spiritual connection—these things need to be explored instead of ditching religion completely. We need religion imbued with the spirit of shared humanity and hope, not religions that divide and further fracture the future.” –Diana Butler Bass, Christianity after Religion
The Loss of Certainty
“Risk, the willingness to accept an unknown future with open hands and a happy heart, is the key to the adventures of the soul. Risk stretches us to discover the rest of ourselves—our creativity, our self-sufficiency, our courage. Without risk we live in a small world of small dreams and lost possibilities.” –Joan Chittister, Between then Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life