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Getting Out the WORD - the resurrection of our lord
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 14:26

the PRAYER. . .

O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death.  Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection,
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

 

"But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.'                                (matthew 28:1-10 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

All that's left are a few dried out palm fronds, a forgotten bulletin or two, and, of course, that hint of lily still hanging in the air.  The next few weeks we call "Sundays of Easter."  But we all know, for all intents, the holiday is over.  At least, for another year.  Now, we're heading to Mother's Day...   and Memorial Day...  and the Fourth...  Before you know it, the school'll be back in session and we'll be counting down the days to another Christmas.

Once again, god has done what god has never done!  One more time, we celebrate something new!  And year after year after year after year, we look forward...  to the same old things.

But the truth is... faith isn't an orbit we make again and again and again.  It's not a circle we travel over and over and over.  It's a straight line.  It has a beginning and an end.  A past and a future.  And Jesus doesn't stay in the same place all that long.  Instead, he "goes ahead" and he waits for us to catch up!  Over the next hill!  Around the next bend!  The real resurrection...  The true easter...  isn't the one that lies behind us.  The one we keep celebrating.  It's the one that lies ahead!  In the places we have never been...  yet!

bob barndt, pastor
 
Getting Out the WORD - the sunday of the passion
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 08:47

the PRAYER. . .


Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross.  In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

 

"Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many."                                (matthew 27:11-54 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

 

It seems like such a pitiful scene.  Jesus, bent and bowed, wilting on the cross before our eyes. Battered. Bloodied. Beaten. Life draining from him like sand through our fingers. And then come those words. . .  those last, awful words. . .  words that only make it worse. . .  "and he breathed his last. . ."

 

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper. . .*

 

But how wrong we are!  Lifted high on that cross, Jesus isn't the victim, but the victor!  Rather than "going gently," he is defiant to the bitter end!  With a cry - not of anguish, but of rapture - his hurls his breath at the Darkness and unleashes the Spirit into the Night!  In his suffering, creation is reborn!  In dying, the world lives again!

 

*from "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot

bob barndt, pastor

 
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