Good Shepherd Sunday

*A traditional service based on lectionary readings for Easter 4 – Psalm 23, John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, and 1 Peter 2:19-25* Hymn Suggestions: Crown him with many crowns Amazing grace When I survey the wondrous cross Jesus! The name high over all How great Thou art! The Lord’s my shepherd   Choir Introit Call to worship: Psalm 100 (NLT) Shout…

The desolation of death

*Easter Eve: John 19:38-42* Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid him there. Verses 41-42 Darkness has covered the land –…

Last lessons: Love

*Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42* And again another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 19:37 Saving love is costly. People humiliate us; they try to rob us of our dignity, to strip us bare; they make it their mission to alienate us, destroy us, outstrip us. Yet love forgives. Jesus prays for his…

Last lessons: Discomfort

*Tennebrae/Thursday in Holy Week: John 13:1-17,31b-35*   “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Verse 14 Oh Lord who honoured the sacred tradition of Passover, and, in your last days, planted seeds of an eternal legacy within your disciples, ~ searching hearts, ~ imparting truth , ~ reframing customs, the…

Last lessons: Betrayal

*Wednesday in Holy Week: John 13:21-32* After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” Verse 21 Oh Lord who washed his disciples feet, and, in your last days, reclined at the dinner table with followers and friends, ~ savouring the intimacy, ~ seeing into minds and hearts, ~…

Last lessons: Sacrifice

*Tuesday in Holy Week: John 12:20-36* “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Verse 24 Oh Lord who showed up at festivals and feasts, and, in your last days, spent time with those who wished to see…

Last lessons: Extravagance

*Monday of Holy Week: John 12:1-11*  Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” Verses 7-8 Oh Lord who raised Lazarus from the dead, and, in your last days, reclined at the dinner table…

Am I being unfair to you?

* a meditation for the Women’s World Day of Prayer based on Numbers 27:1-11* To be born woman within this world – has been and continues to be – a social and economic disadvantage. We bear the bulk of the household burdens. And, when we do go out to work, we earn less on average than our male counterparts. We…

Fasting by feasting

*** a sermon for Ash Wednesday based on Isaiah 58:1-9 and John 60:30-35, 41*** Today is the beginning of Lent – a 4o day period of repentance and fasting as we prepare for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection in which we focus on our relationship with God, often giving up something as a…

Lent: Feast or fast?

A Service for Ash Wednesday based on Isaiah 58:1-9 (1-14) and John 6:30-41 Call to worship (based on Isaiah 58:1-9 – The Message) Shout! A full-throated shout!     Hold nothing back—a trumpet-blast shout! Tell my people what’s wrong with their lives,     face my family Jacob with their sins! We’re busy, busy, busy at worship,     and love studying all about You. To…