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Getting Out the WORD - the fifth sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:02

the PRAYER. . .

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

 

"Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father..." (john 14:1-14 )


the DEVOTION. . .

 

"Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto thee, that we are by nature sinful and unclean..."  That's how it all began for me.  The gospel according to the Service Book and HymnalPraise to you, O Christ.

 

We are sinners...  in thought, word, and deed!  We are sinners...  by what we do and by what we don't do!  We are sinners...  not loving god with our whole heart...  not loving our neighbor as ourselves!  We didn't!  We don't!  We wouldn't!  We won't!  We couldn't!  We can't!  And, so, we cry out to god...  have mercy on us!  Forgive us!  Renew us!  Lead us!  so that we delight...  so that we walk...  in your will and your ways. . .

 

[Jesus said to the disciples,] "Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater..."

 

We are sinners.  That's true.  But we are sinners saved and sinners redeemed!  We are sinners.  But we are sinners transformed...  sinners transforming...  We are sinners.  But we are, at the same time, saints!


bob barndt, pastor
 
Getting Out the WORD - the fourth sunday after easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 09:55

the PRAYER. . .

O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death.  Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

"Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them..." (john 10:1-10 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

A metaphor is a figure of speech comparing two seemingly unrelated things. And John’s gospel is full of them. “I am the bread of life!” “I am the light of the world!” “I am the gate for the sheep!” But the question is “When is a metaphor no longer a metaphor?” The answer: When the “figurative” becomes “literal”!

 

One of the most popular images in the bible compares god’s people to a flock of sheep. But, all too often, we forget the plain and simple. People are not sheep! Especially god's people! Sure, there are times. When we’re lost and alone. When we’re threatened and helpless. But there’s more to being church than that. For instance...

 

“In the night in which he was betrayed,” at least, according to John, “Jesus got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet.” When he took his place, once  more, at the table, he gave a new commandment. “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” And at that moment... with that commandment... the sheep were no longer sheep! And they, like their Teacher and Lord before them, became instead...  SHEPHERDS!

bob barndt, pastor

 
Getting Out the WORD - the third sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 12:18

the PRAYER. . .

O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad...                                            (luke 24:13-35 )

the DEVOTION. . .

 

Yes, Jesus is with us.  And yes, God is everywhere.  But, according to the story. . .

It's Easter afternoon.  Actually, it's the first Easter afternoon.  Two men are walking down a dusty road together.  Lost.  Alone. Everything they hoped for. . .  Everything they dreamed of. . . lies behind them. . .  in the earth. . .  and the ashes. . .  and the dust. So they, simply, turn and walk away.  But, then, a stranger meets them!  And, for a while, he walks with them.  Talking.  Listening.  That night, at dinner, it, finally, dawns on the two. . . Jesus!  This is JESUS!  And at that moment, he's disappears!


Yes, Jesus is with us!  And yes, God is everywhere!  But according to the story, there are times when Jesus is more with us than others!  Times when God is closer than usual!  Like. . .  when we, too, are walking along a dusty road. . .  Lost. . .  Alone. . . When everything important. . .  when everyone special. . .  lies behind us. . .  That’s the moment god appears!  When Jesus walks beside us!  Listening! Talking!

 

Sure, it's “nice” when our eyes are opened and we recognize Jesus!  But, maybe, it’s just as nice - even "nicer" - when we're joined along the way by. . . a "stranger"!


bob barndt, pastor
 
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