Pr Kari Lipke of the Garden shares thoughts on the story of Thomas (often called the Doubter) as is told in John 20:19-31. She invites us deeper into the Thomas story by recalling his other appearances in John's gospel, and noting that today's passage considers an important theme of making relationship where there has been separation. Listen in for a way to connect this weekend's science marches with the insistence of Thomas that he gain hard evidence for the other disciples' proclamation that the crucified Jesus is actually alive. Onward!
On this Easter Sunday morning we delight in the bright colors, the garden, the joy... But Easter started amid death, while it was still dark, and Mary Magdalene was there alone, weeping. Pr Engquist invites us to consider that this is true also in our places of emptiness and shadow. She reminds us that new life stirs up from deadened places in our hearts and spirits. This new life brings the Easter joy. May it soon be on our lips, and bodied forth in our lives!
Read John 1:1-5, 10-13 and John 19:16b-37 to consider the texts shared on this Good Friday before this homily was shared. Worship continues from the evening before when we shared the meal and were washed, went to the garden to pray, and followed toward the cross. This day, we have gathered at the foot of the cross and we have heard, perhaps surprisingly, of birth alongside and even within the death.
We continue our Great Three Days liturgy on Saturday, 8pm, gathered around fire.
If you would like to know more about the Crucifixion painting by He Qi, click here.
On this day, we have heard the story of Jesus' passion as recorded in John's gospel. You might want to read it for yourself before listening to this reflection. The words sung just before Pr Joanne's reflection are a translation of the old hymn we know as Paul Gerhardt's (17th C German), but really draw back to a Latin poem by Arnulf of Leuven who died in 1250CE. They put on our lips this cry to Jesus:
What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.
Blessings to all as we undertake this journey in Holy Week.
In this final week of our lenten stories of encounter offered in John's gospel, we learn of a time when Jesus' dear friend Lazarus has died. And the words "Come and see" are now spoken to Jesus, inviting him to know the sorrow and grief that has come to his friends and their wider community. Read the story in John 11, or simply listen here to our telling of the story with the friendly "Stage Manager of the Gospel" guiding us along the way.
Technical difficulties result in a delay for this compelling story. We need to re-record it for posting. Check back later to hear about the encounter of Jesus and "a man born blind," and learn of the many ways there was need for vision to be restored not only for him, but for the parents and wider community, too. Read John 9:1-41 and check back to hear the story that was presented with the gospel stage manager on Sunday, March 26.
In Sunday worship during Lent this year, Gethsemane is exploring stories of encounters with Jesus. In this week's episode we hear about a noonday meeting with a Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well. The story is told in John 4:1-42 and explored with the help of our seasonal "Stage Manager of the Gospel," Pr Kari. Listen to how it all unfolds. Does it raise new questions for you?
In Sunday worship during Lent this year, Gethsemane is exploring stories of encounters with Jesus. In this week's episode we hear about a teacher of the law, Nicodemus, who came by night to ask Jesus about his teaching. The story is told in John 3:1-17 and explored with the help of our seasonal "Stage Manager of the Gospel," Pr Kari. Listen to how it all unfolds. Does it raise new questions for you?
We give thanks for the life of Marian Johnson, a member of Gethsemane for 60 years!
On Sundays in Lent 2017, Gethsemane is exploring five stories of encounter with Jesus using an overarching theme of "the storied womb" as explained in this first week's recording. This week's text departs from the traditional reading of a story about Jesus' temptation, using in its place John 1:35-51 (Jesus' encounter with his first disciples). Upcoming weeks will explore the assigned lectionary texts and the encounters there with Nicodemus, a Samaritan woman at the well, a man born blind, and Jesus' beloved friends from Bethany: Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Worship is at 10am -- 911 Stewart Street, Seattle. www.urbanfaith.org
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