Series: Easter 2021

5-16-21 Exaudi

May 16, 2021
This past Thursday was Jesus’ Ascension. He prepared us for his Ascension by giving us the hope of seeing him again, by comforting us with the promise of the Holy Spirit, and by giving us the gift of praying in his name. This week in the brief time between Jesus’ Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we hear about the Holy Spirit’s testimony and the persecution that will follow. “But when…

4-25-21 Jubilate

April 25, 2021
We will end our service this morning by singing those beautiful words, “And then from death awaken me, that these mine eyes with joy may see, O Son of God, thy glorious face, my Savior and my Fount of grace.” This is the aspiration every Christian shares. Every Christian can say, “This is the goal of my entire life, that I and all whom God has given me, will awaken from the dead to see…

4-18-21 Misericordias Domini

April 18, 2021
We are sheep, and in this life we will have one of two shepherds: the wolf or the Good Shepherd. The Lord describes life in the devil’s flock earlier in Ezekiel 34, just before today’s Old Testament reading. In that section the Lord faults Israel’s pastors, and as he faults them we see how the devil had been at work: “The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you…

4-11-21 Quasimodo Geniti

April 11, 2021
Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. That’s a rather bland translation. They rejoiced when they saw the Lord is what the Greek says. The same word Jesus uses when he promises them three nights earlier, “But you will see me again, and your joy will be full and no one will take that joy from you.” This is the Joy O joy beyond all gladness that we sing. It’s a joy…

4-4-21 The Resurrection of Our Lord

April 4, 2021
Mary and the other women went to the tomb expecting to find a dead body. This is a startling fact. They had been with Jesus. They had followed him from Galilee. They loved him dearly. But Jesus’ words, his repeated preaching, that he must suffer, must die, and must rise again the third day, these words had not sunk into their hearts or convinced their minds. Instead they go to anoint a dead body that…
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