Doubting Thomas

Thomas is another misunderstood figure in the Resurrection story.  He has been deemed “doubting Thomas” for only wanting to see what all the other disciples had already seen.  One of my favorite bands, Nickel Creek, has a song called “Doubting Thomas.”  The video below is of lead singer Chris Thile singing it live.  The song … [Read more…]

Mary Magdalene

Today we have a reflection on Mary Magdalene, one of my favorite and most historically misunderstood figures in the gospels. This is from Frederick Buechner ~originally published in Peculiar Treasures and later in Beyond Words It is sometimes held that Mary Magdalene was the woman Luke tells about whom, to the righteous horror of Simon the Pharisee, Jesus … [Read more…]

Easter Sunday Order of Worship

ORDER OF WORSHIP – APRIL 12 – EASTER SUNDAY PRELUDE-Christ the Lord is Risen Today – Donna Jo Mangus WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTSParagraph CALL TO WORSHIP Leader: Early in the morning, Women: Fearful but faithful, Men: Dubious and doubting, All: We came to the garden … Women: We expected only silencebut we heard the voice of … [Read more…]

Good Friday

Scripture Reading Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25 John 18:1-19:42 Join us at noon as we reflect on the last words of Jesus! I’ll be joined by Matt Bowman, Becky Durham and Cassandra Thomas as we pray, sing and reflect on the last words with some silence. Prayer Take us back to that hellish confinement. … [Read more…]

Maundy Thursday

We don’t typically have a service for Maundy Thursday, but this may be a chance to start your own tradition at home. Maundy Thursday remembers the Last Supper, when Jesus gathered with his disciples before he was betrayed and arrested. We remember it every time we take communion, as he instituted it that evening. My … [Read more…]

Wednesday

Scripture Reading Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 70 Hebrews 12:1-3 John 13:21-32 Reflection Today I’d like to present the Old Bluff pilgrimage for you to follow. We are pilgrim people, especially in the last week of Jesus’ life he had people following his every step. The Old Bluff is a special place in the hearts of so … [Read more…]

Tuesday

Scripture Reading for Today Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 71:1-141 Corinthians 1:18-31 John 12:20-36 Reflection for Today “Sir, We wish to see Jesus” In my church growing up, Little Falls Presbyterian Church in Arlington, VA, this was engraved on the pulpit. It was the title of the first sermon ever preached there. It was only visible to … [Read more…]

Monday

Scripture Reading for Today: Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 36:5-11 Hebrews 9:11-15 John 12:1-11 Reflection for Today From Ann Weems’ book, Kneeling in Jerusalem a poem called “Holy Week” Holy is the week… Holy, consecrated, belonging to God… We move from hosannas to horror  with predictable ease of those who know not what they do. Our hosannas … [Read more…]