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Getting Out the WORD - the second sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 08:46

the PRAYER. . .

Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ's blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

 

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."  After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."                    (john 20:19-30 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

Last week, on the way to pick up Lanie after school, I ended up following a Suburban.  (Not all that unusual in Midland, TX!)  And across the back window, in big, bold letters - complete with an exclamation point - was the Easter message. . .  JESUS IS ALIVE! (Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!) Unfortunately. . .  I was late. . .  and the Suburban was slow. . .  and there was no way to get around them. . .  "Jesus may be alive," I said to myself, "but I'm not so sure about you!"

"As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

"JESUS IS ALIVE!" But only as alive as the church allows him!  "JESUS IS ALIVE!" But only as alive as god's people are willing to be!  Atheists?  Agnostics?  Apathetics?  Maybe "their" problem isn't God!  Maybe "their" problem isn't, even, Jesus!  Maybe they're just running late. . .  and they're stuck behind a Suburban. . .  that's going too slow. . .  with no way to pass. . .  And you and I. . .  you and I are the ones behind the wheel. . . .

bob barndt, pastor
 
Getting Out the WORD - the resurrection of our lord
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 14:26

the PRAYER. . .

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.

the READING. . .

 

"But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.'                                (matthew 28:1-10 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

All that's left are a few dried out palm fronds, a forgotten bulletin or two, and, of course, that hint of lily still hanging in the air.  The next few weeks we call "Sundays of Easter."  But we all know, for all intents, the holiday is over.  At least, for another year.  Now, we're heading to Mother's Day...   and Memorial Day...  and the Fourth...  Before you know it, the school'll be back in session and we'll be counting down the days to another Christmas.

Once again, god has done what god has never done!  One more time, we celebrate something new!  And year after year after year after year, we look forward...  to the same old things.

But the truth is... faith isn't an orbit we make again and again and again.  It's not a circle we travel over and over and over.  It's a straight line.  It has a beginning and an end.  A past and a future.  And Jesus doesn't stay in the same place all that long.  Instead, he "goes ahead" and he waits for us to catch up!  Over the next hill!  Around the next bend!  The real resurrection...  The true easter...  isn't the one that lies behind us.  The one we keep celebrating.  It's the one that lies ahead!  In the places we have never been...  yet!

bob barndt, pastor
 
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