April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24


Learning Humility
Maundy Thursday

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Sandra Herrmann
Contents
"Learning Humility" by Sandra Herrmann
"The Cup of Salvation" by Sandra Herrmann

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Learning Humility
by Sandra Herrmann
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

I had a wonderful New Testament teacher in seminary, whose job, as he said, it was to get us to feel what the people of the first century felt when they were confronted by the words and actions of Jesus. What I learned from him was that Jesus had a way of being offbeat, to say the least -- and not always in a charming way!

I had wanted to try foot washing in my Maundy Thursday services for a long time before I got up the nerve to discuss it with the board of my third church. In the United Methodist churches in the northland foot washing hadn't been done much. For one thing, we often have snow for Easter and taking off boots, shoes, and socks -- and making sure people's feet were dry as they put their socks, shoes, and boots back on -- is a little daunting, and not just for this pastor. My parishioners weren't too sure this would go over well either.... >>Click here for the full installment.



Living the Song of the Servant
Good Friday

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Keith Wagner
Contents
"Living the Song of the Servant" by Keith Wagner
"A God Who Forgets" by Keith Wagner
"Judgment" by C. David McKirachan
"More than Esoteric" by C. David McKirachan

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Living the Song of the Servant
by Keith Wagner
Isaiah 52:13--53:12

In this passage of Isaiah the Messiah is described as a suffering servant. The expectation of the Hebrews was a Messiah who would free them of foreign domination. The servant however is one who "shall be exalted and lifted up." At the same time he would be one who was "despised and rejected."

The image of the servant is a real paradox. On the one hand to be a servant is one who lives a life of humility and compassion, thinking only of others. On the other hand the servant is a light to the nations, praised and close to God.... >>Click here for the full installment.



A Change of Perspective
Easter

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Peter Andrew Smith
Contents
"A Change of Perspective" by Peter Andrew Smith

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A Change of Perspective
by Peter Andrew Smith
Colossians 3:1-4

There once was a man who tried to be good. He was nice to his friends and strove to always be honorable. He gave some of his spending money at Christmas to charity and dug through the cupboards to donate unwanted cans when there was a food drive for the needy in his community. He was honest with his girlfriend when he decided to end their relationship and he stayed away from the people at work who were padding their expense accounts.

When he was faced with a difficult situation, a moral dilemma, he would think to himself "what is the right thing?" and often that helped him decide what to do. Yet there were times when he was unsure of his behavior and he couldn't shake the feeling that sometimes his decisions were what he wanted to do rather than being the right choice.

He found himself at the funeral of a close friend and couldn't stop thinking about the meaning of life. He had never really paid much attention to God in the past but was curious about some of the things the pastor said. He wasn't sure about everything he heard but found himself seriously thinking about God and faith.... >>Click here for the full installment.


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