Hi friends! I can't believe May begins this week! I am not really sure where the week went.
Even though it was the week after Easter and most of my friends were preaching Doubting Thomas, we were back in the Year of Mark this morning, actually beginning the Passion Narrative (which, yes, felt like 5 giant steps backwards considering we celebrated the resurrection last week, but also I am looking at it as a great way to get a resurrection do-over - ha!).
This sermon reflects on The Year of Mark and then talks about the stories we are telling and reinforcing in our lives. I think sometimes we are inclined to focus on the negative, but if we look there are really amazing and grace-filled things happening in our lives!
Happy Easter! I have so much to say about our Easter service, but for the time being, I will leave you with my Easter sermon. It was short and sweet, but that's the way I like Easter sermons - after all, the story speaks for itself!
Bonus sermon this week! RCC hosted our area men's ecumenical Palm Sunday breakfast this year, so we had worship and communion at 7AM and then the men gathered for breakfast afterwards. Here is that sermon! Apparently I had a lot to say about Palm Sunday this year?
Hi Friends! Posting this quickly before Palm Sunday is completely irrelevant. We were, of course, in the Gospel of Mark.
Here is my sermon from Sunday! I can honestly say that I don't think I have ever preached on this text. It's dark and challenging and a little but scary - but also has SO much to teach us!
Also - if anyone has any suggestions for how to brew good church coffee - email or DM me! I haven't given up yet - ha!
Okay, so my proud blogging moment of March was when I went through and updated all of my pages and then created a Year of Mark page where all of my sermons from Mark are archived! It's crazy to look back and see how far we have gotten.
Here is my sermon from last Sunday. It was the end of chapter 12, the end of the Gospel narrative, before the apocalypse in chapter 13 transitions us into the Passion. I feel like everyone in the church is really into this right now! It's going to be a little bit odd celebrating Easter and then jumping back into the Passion and the crucifixion and resurrection but also we are all really caught up in the story right now, so I think it will be fine.
Here's my sermon! Enjoy ...