April 2, 2017
John 11:1-45
Romans 8:6-11
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130

Lord of Light
Lent 5

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John Fitzgerald
Lord of Life
by John Fitzgerald
Romans 8:6-11

This first Sunday in April we come to worship with thoughts of mowing green grass for a first time and entering into the Opening Day of baseball. Signs of spring are all around us. To capture the mood of today hear these words of a familiar poem written by Cecil Alexander:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful;
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

Spring is season of New Life and Hope. This day we acknowledge that all living things come from God. Jesus is Lord of Life and grants us victory over death. After the long winter months of life being dormant, we can once again see the creative powers of Christ bringing forth a new creation wherever we look.

We have heard too much about death and destruction. Our news is filled with violent accounts and stories about the beastliness and brutality of mankind. In our culture death is sexy -- destruction is glamorous.

Our movies, musical videos, and computer games portray death in slow-motion sequence with emphasis upon cruelty and gruesomeness. Destruction is glorified. We enjoy watching things being blown-up and property destroyed in vain, glorious fashion.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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