Pastor Roy's Sermons

April 2019

April 28 - Grounding Prayer

Thomas has integrity.  Before Jesus’ crucifixion the disciples often seem eager to please and impress Jesus and one another.  But afterward they want to know what’s going on and they want to be grounded in it. 

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April 21-Easter-Remembering the Risen Christ

Luke tells us of women who noted where Jesus was buried before the Sabbath began and then returned early in the morning after the Sabbath to give Jesus a proper burial.  According to Luke, there were a number of women who went along to anoint Jesus and bring some closure.  They are met by the angels who ask, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee that the Son of Man must be handed over, be crucified, and on the third day rise again?  They remembered.

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March 31 Psalms as intimate prayer

We sometimes think of the time of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament as a time in which the people of God were distant from God—a legalistic time in which sacrifices were God’s design for mercy.  But much of the Bible written before Jesus speaks instead of a simple invitation to trust God’s grace and wisdom and live into the fullness of that life.  Sacrifices helped show the way to mercy, helped the people to imagine grace, to be assured of God’s love and blessing.

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