Wise people tell Pastor Kate not to believe everything she reads on the internet. Something she has extended to April Fools Day – a healthy skepticism that perhaps shouldn’t be further extended to Easter Sunday. Pastor Kate explores what it means to believe the impossible in the face of an empty tomb.
If given the choice, we’ll all choose to save ourselves at some point or another. Just like every human in the final hours of Jesus’ life. Pilate, the Chief Priests, and the crowd – they all choose to save themselves. All of them, except Jesus. Pastor Kate explores what that looks like from the perspective of an almost 17-year-old and what that means for us now.
Fear can be a powerful motivator. It can also blind us to the love that exists in our lives. Pastor Kate explores her own fear before a surgery, Peter’s fear when he enters the courtyard of the high priest, and Jesus’ open love.
Mary and Martha both cry out to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
It is a cry we may also have uttered in the face of another tragedy. Pastor Kate explores where God is in the midst of the violence of our lives, especially when we wonder if God is ever going to show up.
Imagine entering a concert hall, ready to listen to one of the greatest composers play a piece, only to watch him sit at the piano and do nothing for four and a half minutes.
Pastor Kate follows the lead of composer John Cage and begins her sermon with 4 minutes, 33 seconds of “silence” (the silence is not included in the recording), playing with the idea of our preconceived notions and set definitions. Something Jesus did with the Pharisees 2000 years ago.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus travels back and forth between Jerusalem and Galilee several times. In the story of one trip, we hear that Jesus “had to go through Samaria”–which was enemy territory. But there were well traveled-routes between Judea and Galilee that avoided going through Samaria. So why did Jesus head straight for the place where he and his disciples were outsiders, where they would meet people who did not look or live or worship as they do, people with whom they had a long history of hostility and hurt?
When Nicodemus takes a walk to visit Jesus one night, he leaves the places he knows best, where he feels comfortable and in control, and seeks the place where Jesus is. What about us? Will we leave our comfortable places, the places where we know our roles and rules and status, to find where Jesus is?