Guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Kit Kleinhans, reflects on the lack of safety in the early church and what that means for Ananias as he encountered Paul in his conversion. Dr. Kleinhans then invites us to reflect on this lack of guaranteed safety in our own story.
Pastor Yvette reflects on fear and peace in our lives and the story of Thomas and the disciples in the locked room after the first Easter.
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.
Jesus’ final hours continue to play out and it’s as if they are ripped from the headlines. Pastor Yvette explores what it means to “know the truth,” as Pilate continues to question Jesus.
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.
Jesus’ unwavering, intentional, knowing response to those who are faithful and to those who betray him, to hatred, danger, and fear–to everything–is 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.
We invite you to join us this Sunday.