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Sermon for Maundy Thursday

Tears Of Sadness, Tears Of Gladness: Gospel Sermons For Lent/EasterReceiving In Order To Give
Sermon by Albert G. Butzer, III based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35 excerpted from Tears Of Sadness, Tears Of Gladness: Gospel Sermons For Lent/Easter
According to the Apostle Paul, Jesus once said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). Not surprisingly, all across the years the Church has agreed! What is the weekly offering but an opportunity for people to give rather than to receive? What are annual stewardship drives and special offerings like One Great Hour Of Sharing but opportunities to give rather than to receive? What are invitations to sing in the choir, teach in the Sunday school, volunteer at the soup kitchen, and go off on mission trips to far--away places like Mexico but opportunities to give rather than to receive? "It is more blessed to give than to receive," said Jesus, and all across the years the Church has nodded in agreement.... click here for the full sermon
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Sermon for Good Friday
Living Vertically: Gospel Sermons For Lent/EasterThe Cross: A Symbol Of Absolutes
Sermon by John N. Brittain based on John 18:1--19:42 excerpted from Living Vertically: Gospel Sermons For Lent/Easter
Pilate asked him, "What is truth?" (John 18:38).
      The cross of Good Friday stands as a symbol of the absolute in a world where much is relative and where a great deal more seems to be relative. Pilate's question has become our question: "What is truth? What is genuine? What is absolute?" We contemporary Americans have become suspicious of givens and unconditionals and absolutes because of the way they are sometimes used dogmatically to force consensus.... click here for the full sermon
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Sermon for Easter
An Idle Tale Becomes Good News: Messages On Lent And Easter ThemesThe Misplaced Christ
Sermon by Herchel H. Sheets based on John 20:1-18 excerpted from An Idle Tale Becomes Good News: Messages On Lent And Easter Themes
The various Gospel accounts of the first Easter bear similarities to each other, but there are also interesting and significant differences in them. The Gospel of John, for instance, instead of telling about several women coming to the tomb on the first day of the week, individualizes the account and centers it around one woman, Mary Magdalene.... click here for the full sermon
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Free Children's Sermon for Easter

Alleluia!: Messages For Children On Lent And Easter ThemesThe Misplaced Christ
Children's sermon by Elaine M. Ward based on John 20:1-18 excerpted from Alleluia!: Messages For Children On Lent And Easter Themes
Ty asked his father, "Why do we go to church?" When his father did not reply, Ty asked again, "Why do we go to church? God is everywhere."
     Ty's father said, "Ty, why do you go to the woods?"
     Ty replied, "I go there to find and be with God."...
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Dean Feldmeyer

From Cheers to Jeers

Matthew 21:1-11; Matthew 27:15-26
Did you hear it? That great grinding, rumbling sound?
     No, it wasn't another earthquake -- it was the sound of public opinion, shifting and changing.
     And it's happening more and more often.
     One day consumer confidence is up, the next day it's down. One day someone's approval rating is up, the next day not so much
     One day Jesus comes riding into town on a donkey and a wave of popularity, and five days later he's being whipped, spat upon, and cursed -- and the very same crowd who cheered him on Sunday is jeering and demanding his execution on Friday....
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Where Is God When I Need Him?

So where in heaven was God while his Son hung there between heaven and hell; between life and death? Between the hosannas and the hallelujahs -- the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, the not so triumphal exit come Friday -- and Jesus' triumphant return to life on Easter -- where was God?
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     Right there in front of everyone.
     Right there; riding on a donkey, receiving the adulation of an expectant crowd....
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Cathy Venkatesh

Which Parade?

This Palm Sunday afternoon, I will be joining a festive Walk for Affordable Housing organized by a local nonprofit. It seems particularly appropriate to do this on Palm Sunday, a day of processions and celebrations at churches across the country, but also a day on which we encounter the stark story of Jesus' Passion and death. Joyful processions meet stark suffering and the march to Golgotha. Palm Sunday invites us to notice where we find ourselves in the story of Holy Week and to discern where in this story God calls us to be....
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Keith Hewitt

God's Way

Isaiah 50:4-9a

A certain style of wide-brimmed hat, when worn low on the brow of a head tilted forward at an angle of about twenty degrees, will not only shield face and eyes from sun and rain, but also from the ubiquitous surveillance cameras that ringed the federal building like an army of unblinking eyes.
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Janice Scott

The power of slavery

Around the end of the nineteenth century, a book appeared on the life on Jesus. Nothing surprising about that, you may think, but this was the first time that anyone had written a life of Jesus outside the gospels. It was like a starter's flag, for after that, numerous books were published on the life of Jesus....
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Anna Shirey

In the Breaking of Bread

First Thoughts: As we approach the glory of the resurrection, we must also engage the trauma of the cross. Since Jesus prepared his disciples for this tragedy by sharing the Passover meal with them, our focus will be on the meal for today's lesson with the children....
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