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Witnesses to These Things

Luke 24:35-48 Rev. Alice Fleming Townley April 15, 2018 Rumors, yes, but what they knew for certain was Jesus crucified.  His friends huddled together, with dashed dreams, crushed hope, and their own lives crucified.  Uncertainty stretched endlessly before them. And then, Jesus stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  And as Luke wrote, ‘they were terrified.’ Jesus continued, “Look . . .touch . . . see . . .” and he opened his hands and his feet.  What would they have gazed upon?  Smooth, untouched skin?  I don’t think so.  They ...

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Uprising

John 20:1-2, 11-18 Rev. Dr. Robert T. Carlson, Jr. Easter, April 1, 2018 My father died this last September. His Memorial Service was an occasion for something of a family reunion. My brother and sister and I are scattered across the country and we had not been in the same place at the same time for more than ten years. In fact, my sister had never met any of my grandchildren, and all of them and their parents had made the trip to Iowa for the funeral. There was a pot-luck supper on Friday night. My sister and her husband were sitting at a table and in a short ...

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A Place of Prayer

John 2:13-22  Rev. Alice Fleming Townley March 4, 2018  All four gospels have the story of Jesus and the temple incident.  For Matthew, Mark, and Luke, it is at the end of their gospels.  In them, Jesus uses the phrase a ‘den of thieves,’ and he was arrested and killed.  And those are good texts to study and preach, on another day. The gospel of John opens, “In the beginning was the Word . . . and the Word became flesh and dwelt among them.” And then in chapter 2, instead of a manger scene, we have Jesus blessing the wedding in Cana and today’s ...

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The Glory of the Lord

Mark 9:2-10       Joel 2: 28-32 Rev. Dr. Robert T. Carlson, Jr. February 11, 2018 The comedian Mel Brooks has offered up a now infamous definition of the difference between comedy and tragedy. When something unexpectedly falls from the sky and lands on another person, that is funny; that’s comedy. And when something unexpectedly falls from the sky and lands on me? Well, that’s a tragedy. The contingency, the sheer unpredictability of life frustrates and maddens us. Sometimes it makes us laugh, and other times, it makes us cry. But we wish we had some ...

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