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Sixth Sunday of Easter 2011

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Acts 17:22-31 You know that I usually preach from the gospel, but I couldn’t’ resist exploring the irony found in the first lesson we read this morning.  Here we are, celebrating as one community, on the very site where we eagerly anticipate building a beautiful structure to house God’s people, to do the work we […]

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Fifth Sunday of Easter 2011

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John 14:1-14 Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” That’s easy for him to say. Here in the 21st century we face climate change, multiple revolutions in the Middle East, floods along the Mississippi, an economy recovering at a snail’s pace, a job, if you have one, that demands too […]

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Fourth Sunday of Easter 2011

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John 10:1-10 John’s Gospel repeatedly links the divine name “I am” with qualities expressing human longing and what we need to sustain us.  On different occasions in John’s gospel, Jesus says, “I am bread, I am life, I am truth, I am the way.” Through the use of metaphor, John conveys this vital connection between […]

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Third Sunday of Easter 2011

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Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Cleopas and the other disciple recognized Jesus at the moment when he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then they told others, “what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” It is any wonder […]

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Second Sunday of Easter 2011

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John 20:19-31 “The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews.” Doors, locked doors, keep uninvited things from coming in. Luke in his account of the early church in the book of Acts and in our first lesson for today portrays the church as bold, confident, open, […]