First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10 The messenger announces peace, good news, and salvation Psalm: Psalm 57 I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD. (Ps. 57:9) Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-11, 18 The good fight of faith Gospel: Mark 1:1-15 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ Liturgical Color: Red
First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Christ's resurrection: the fulfillment of God's promise to David Psalm: Psalm 16 In your presence there is fullness of joy. (Ps. 16:11) Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 New birth to a living hope through the resurrection Gospel: John 20:19-31 Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ Liturgical Color: White
He was not numbered among the twelve apostles, yet Mark was probably a member of the early church community. The gospel that bears his name is the shortest and most direct, and many scholars think it was the first to be written.
Catherine of Siena, theologian, died 1380 Tuesday, April 29
This theologian was the first woman among Roman Catholics to receive the title "Doctor [teacher] of the Church." Catherine was a Dominican sister known for her mystical visions as well as her work on behalf of people who were poor and imprisoned.
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getting out the WORD - the resurrection of our lord
Written by Pastor Bob
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:38
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.
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb... Matthew 28:1-10
I'd heard somewhere that the church is one of the last places people still sing together. Most of the time, nowadays, we let others do that for us and we just sit back and listen... maybe tap a foot or pat a leg. But something else I noticed, this week. The church is, also, one of the last places people still talk about death! No whitewash! No sugarcoat! Just plain. Unadulterated. Crucified! Died! Buried! Descended to the dead! We speak those words almost as much as we sing...
Unfortunately, death makes us... well, uncomfortable. It scares us. So, more often than not, as a culture, we simply pretend it's not there. And when that doesn't work, we try calling it something else. But here in the church, Jesus wasn't given, merely, to "pass." He wasn't given to "cross over." He was given to die for us. Heart stopping. Breath stilling. Life coming to an end. For us, there's no other way to say it.
So, when Easter begins, it's appropriate, that it begins here... in the valley... among the shadows... staring into an open grave...