The Great Fifty Days of Easter: Becoming Series
Becoming One in Ministry — It takes all of us, the entire body of Christ becoming one in ministry to see the world and God’s people with the eyes of Jesus. And so, as we complete our time around the table with our Lord and Savior, his prayer for his disciples is his prayer for us too.
- Acts 1:6-14
- Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 (UMH 790)
- 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
- John 17:1-11
Flowing Into All the World — During the season of Lent, we focused on preparing the community of the faithful to receive (or refresh with) the waters of the baptismal covenant on Easter morning. Over these last Great Fifty Days of Easter we have been talking about living into that covenant made by water and the Spirit. And now, today, we hear God speaking to us strongly in these texts through the words about water.
- Acts 2:1-21
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (UMH 826)
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 7:37-39
From Chaos to Community: Creation
Trinity Sunday // Peace with Justice Sunday
- Genesis 1:1-2:4a
- Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
- 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
- Matthew 28:16-20
From Chaos to Community: Birth
God is with us in our moments of greatest joy, and God is with us though the inevitable chaos and sorrow that life brings. God us with us in our friends and family, and God is with us in strangers who suddenly show up and bring us a word of hope and clarity in the midst of the jumbled, chaotic messes of life. God is with us in the familiar and God is with us in the unexpected.
The good news is, no matter what we must face, we don’t face it alone. We face life together, in community with Christ, and in community with one another, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
God is with us.
- Genesis 18:1-15
- Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 (UMH 837)
- Romans 5:1-8
- Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)
From Choas to Community: Weaning
God is with us, even when we do not act in Christlike ways towards our sisters and brothers. God is with us, sending messages through “angels” to encourage us to engage the really hard questions, to admit to our sins, own up to our mistakes, turn our lives around and head in a new direction.
- Genesis 21:8-21
- Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
- Romans 6:1b-11
- Matthew 10:24-39
From Chaos to Community: Rites of Passage
In the times of horrific rites of passage, God has provided, and Goes does provide. That is part of our family legacy.
- Genesis 22:1-14
- Psalm 13 (UMH 746)
- Romans 6:12-23
- Matthew 10:40-42