Sermons from May 2017

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In the Thick of a Fiery Ordeal

Reading from the Epistles                 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 (NRSV)
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal
that is taking place among you to test you,
as though something strange
were happening to you.
But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings,
so that you may also be glad and shout for joy
when his glory is revealed.
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed,
because the spirit of glory, which is …

The Recklessness of a Holy Rage

Reading from the Gospel            John 14:15-21
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate,
to be with you forever.
This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive,
because it neither sees him nor knows him.
You know him, because he abides with you,
and he will be in you.
“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.
In a little …

Seeds of Remembrance

Reading from the Gospel                      John 14:1-14
What are we doing here in the 14th chapter of John?
We shouldn’t be reading this text . . .
we’re still in the season of Easter . . .
and this text takes us back . . . back to the day
before Jesus was crucified.
You see, there isn’t a party going on in the room
where Jesus sits with his disciples
and washes their feet.
Judas has already left the room …