Sermons on Easter
Easter Sunday at Trinity United Church in Vernon, BC
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…
The voices that we choose to listen to, and to follow.
This invitation is a real thing!
The way of living & believing revealed to us by the risen Jesus Christ is quite impossible to achieve in and on our own.
Reclaim with me a curiosity at what the dying and rising Jesus is doing within each one of us.
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then the waiting of Saturday.
Doubting Thomas has a certain appeal to all of us because Thomas is an honest person and honesty is attractive.
It’s the life-rhythm sealed for us and all creation in Christ’s birthing and dying and rising…
Let us be sure then to listen for how the Good Shepherd’s comforting but edgy voice calls, guides, and leads us …
A narrative telling of the story “On the Road to Emmaus.” Luke 24: 13-48
Christ greets his followers with the words “Peace be with you”. These same words invite us, too, to lean in to the gift of this promise.
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…
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…
Faith is not the opposite of doubt. Doubt can be part of faith.
We can allow our lives and our world to be cracked open to allow the Good News in: God has raised the crucified Jesus from the dead, and nothing in our world need ever be the same again.
This Easter, this unbelievable story confronts us with its awe and wonder and mystery.