Archive | March 2013

EASTER SUNDAY | Guy Chmieleski

Isaiah 55:1-11b Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 Luke 24: 1-12 Confirmation. Assurance. A guarantee. Don’t these things sound nice?! If we’re honest, I think we’d all agree that life would be a lot more peaceful (and therefore enjoyable) if we had more of each of these—confirmation, assurance, guarantee—no matter what area of life we […]

HOLY SATURDAY | Jordan Yeager

Psalms 31:1-4, 15-16 Job 14:1-14 1 Peter 4:1-8 John 19:38-42 Today is Holy Saturday. The season of Lent is coming to a close as we look forward with anticipation to the celebration of Easter. But it is not Sunday yet. There is still waiting to be done. Job 14:12 echoes what we know to be […]

GOOD FRIDAY | Bryce Sullivan

Psalm 22 Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Hebrews 10:16-25 or 4:14-16, 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Today Christians everywhere commemorate one of the most marvelous events in history’s past and eternity’s future, the crucifixion—the death—of Jesus, the Messiah. What a marvel, what a wonder! It is at the same time among the worst and the greatest events of […]

Maundy Thursday | Stephen Register

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 In Dostoevsky’s novel, The Idiot, he tells the story of a man sentenced to death who spent 20 minutes “absolutely convinced he was going to die,” and then received official pardon at the very last moment. Dostoevsky writes that the man “would […]

Wednesday of Holy Week | Dane Anthony

Psalms 70 Isaiah 50:4-9a Hebrews 12:1-3 John 13:21-32 There seems to me a theme arising from the collection of texts today: shame. It is something I know from my own story. I know too, there are different ways to look at shame. There is toxic shame which leads to isolation and fear (“I am no […]

Tuesday of Holy Week | Michael Flayhart

Psalms 71:1-14 Isaiah 49:1-7 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 John 12:20-36 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25) As I think of Lent specifically, I recall people saying, “So I’ve decided to give up sugar for Lent,” or, “I’m going to […]

Monday of Holy Week | Becky Spurlock

Psalm 36:5-11 Isaiah 42:1-9 Hebrews 9:11-15 John 12:1-11 In Psalm 36, David declared: “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You,LORD, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in […]

Palm Sunday | Andy Watts

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Luke 19:28-40 On September 18, 1793, George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol with great pomp and celebration. According to the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, he and his entourage of a company of volunteer artillery crossed the Potomac River and joined with Masonic Lodge members. Together they marched with music […]

Fifth Week of Lent | Sarah Beth Falbe

Psalm 137, 144 Jeremiah 31:27-34 Romans 11:25-36 John 11:28-44 or 12:37-50 …for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. Nobody has ever seen God. That’s true from our own lives, as well as from the Scriptures. We don’t know what God looks like, and we can’t […]

Fifth Week of Lent | Kristen Wright

Psalm 22 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-11 Romans 11:13-24 John 11:1-27, 12 I really appreciate the Lenten season. I like how it causes us to examine and often reevaluate how we are living our lives. I like that the Lenten season is just far out enough from our New Year’s Resolutions for us to wonder if we […]