Sermons on Easter

Sermons on Easter

Palm Sunday

Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem and how it was that the same people who were so excited to welcome him who would, in just one week, change their joyful cries of ‘HOSANNAH!’ to damning shrieks of ‘CRUCIFY!’ Why? What could possibly so quickly turn a welcoming crowd celebrating life into a bloodthirsty mob demanding death?

Easter: Resurrection!

Mark 16:1-8  Those poor women are described in Mark’s Gospel as having been ‘Greatly Astonished! ‘Trembling’, ‘Bewildered’ ‘Afraid!’ and who can blame them? Utterly discombobulated! What were they to make of this? What are we to make of this? All they were wanting to do that morning was simply anoint the dead body of someone whom they had deeply loved, and followed, but for whom everything had seemed finished by that ghastly Good Friday tragedy, and that’s when they made…

Don’t Be Afraid

As many of you may know, we, in the United Church, are free to use a variety of resources when preparing liturgical prayers. One of my personal favourite resources however, especially for high holy days such as we are celebrating today, is a resource entitled “Celebrate God’s Presence”. One of the prayers suggested as an invitation to communion commonly used at Easter feels most apt this morning as we celebrate the story of the resurrection.   Here’s how it goes: “Don’t…

Palm Sunday

Once there was a man who said and did such amazing things people began to follow him everywhere. They followed him up and down mountainsides, river valleys, and into cities in the surrounding regions of ancient Palestine. They followed him from the Jordan River to Caesarea Philippi in Galilee, and to the Holy City of Jerusalem. In their wanderings together, they witnessed God’s healing and transformative love in and through the person of Jesus, the Christ. Together, they broke and…