Category Archives: Easter

A Christian church festival that celebrates the return of Jesus Christ to life following his death; also : the Sunday in early spring on which this festival is observed.

Origin of EASTER
Middle English ‘estre’, from Old English ‘ēastre’; akin to Old High German ‘ōstarun’ (plural) Easter, Old English ‘ēast’ east.
First Known Use: before 12th century

A Great And Noble Offering

Epistle


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Gospel


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Readings Total Run Time: approximately 2 minutes.

Sermon


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes.

The Hand of God at Work


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes.

Gospel: Lk 24:13-35.

The day that these disciples go out is the day of the resurrection, that Easter day. Although they are not fully aware of it. They go out still seeing only the cross and not comprehending what has been told to them. They’ve gotten the news of the empty tomb, they say as much to Jesus … but they still don’t quite see it. All they see is the suffering and the pain and the defeat of the cross. They do not yet see the resurrection. And so they go out from the very place of grace – from Jerusalem … because all they see there is suffering and sorrow and hardship. They don’t see the hand of God at work.

On Palm Sunday, just a couple of weeks ago, in Egypt. Several Christian churches were attacked by bombers and gunmen killing dozens of Christians and maiming scores more as they gathered to begin the most solemn week of the Christian year. And the pictures that came to us of the blood strewn pews, the defaced churches, were shaking indeed. But what has happened since is all the more remarkable. Where the onlookers saw devastation, where the witness of the world was to the horrors of humanity and the atrocities we visit upon each other. The Christians of that place saw the cross of Christ and rejoiced. They responded in forgiveness, and in more energetic proclamation of the Gospel and of Christ risen from the dead. They did not just see the broken buildings and lost lives. They saw in the blood of Christians sharing in the blood of Christ the hand of God at work. What an incredible thing.

Blessed Are You


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes.

Gospel: Jn 20:19-31.

Thomas is very practical about this business. And he says, ‘Well, unless I can see the mark of the nails and put my finger in them. Put my hand in the wound in His side – I will not believe.’ And for this we call him ‘Doubting Thomas’ and there is something well-earned to that reputation. Jesus says to him later, ‘Blessed are you who have seen and believed, blessed still are those who have not seen but believe.’ Who take on the word of testimony of those eyewitnesses our faith in the risen Christ. But I think there is something too that Thomas understands – if this is so there will be consequences. If this is true we can’t go back to the way it was, and the way that we were. That my life must change – if indeed He has risen from the dead.

Ascension – Not a Going Away Party

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Run Time: 09:14. Gospel: Lk 24:46-53.

There is certainly an otherness to heaven – there is something of the heavenly existence and that full communion of God that we still await. But we ought not think of it as a place wholly removed, or as something wholly distant and unreachable. This is the meaning of His coming in the flesh that heaven has condescended to come down to earth, that earth might be lifted up to heaven.

How Do We Best Follow Christ?

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Run Time: 12:28. Gospel: Jn 14:23-29.

They [the apostles] used these things [Roman trade routes and Greek culture] to spread the Gospel, but not without some struggles (and it is a good lesson that not every voice in the church is of the Church – and this shouldn’t rattle us too much. There is always discernment). Of how do we best follow Christ? How do we best persevere in fidelity to what was given to us, to the Gospel that wasn’t my making or yours, but the gift of Jesus Christ to His Church. How do we best live that life of discipleship in imitation of Him? … So as to live fully in His grace?