Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Other Side of Easter (5/14/17)
Paolo Uccello, Stoning of Stephen

The Gospel lesson for Sunday, May 14th is John 14:1-14. This is a familiar text. I frequently use this when I officiate a funeral, though not the entire passage. One of the challenges is that this story is so familiar that we don't hear the whole thing; we don't hear all of what Jesus is saying.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What Things?

What Things (5/7/17)

Welcome to the congregation, Lauren Nicole!

On Sunday, May 7th, we celebrated the sacrament of baptism at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church. In that sacrament, we affirm that we are all baptized into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we believe that the resurrection is a real and present event. That's difficult to understand. On Sunday we examined the story of the appearance of the risen Christ to two disciples who were walking along the road to Emmaus, and how we might understand the resurrection in the present, too.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Breathing in the Spirit

Breathing in the Spirit (4/30/17)
Caravaggio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas 

Two weeks ago, I told you to get out! I told you to get outside of these walls and listen and share Christ’s love with everyone you meet. I also told you to get out there and witness to the resurrected Christ. It occurs to me that that particular instruction, to witness to the resurrected Christ, might be pretty difficult. What does that even mean?