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Rehab — RECOVERY

Today we celebrate what it means to continue into the stage of Rehab where we start to see some real recovery taking place. We’re not all the way there, any more than we’re at Easter in just the fourth Sunday in Lent. And indeed, the degree to which we may start to experience recovery during rehab is often mirrored by a nearly equal sense of how far we still have to go, what is still not working as it really should, or, in this case, how we are still living out sinful, destructive patterns of behavior that still need to be addressed. But we still have some reason to rejoice.


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    References:

  • Numbers 21:4-9
  • Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (UMH 830)
  • Ephesians 2:1-10
  • John 3:14-21

Rehab — PROMISE

Above all, this season is intended to move us from uncertainty and a confused way of living toward a living hope that orders our steps in Christ’s ways. The hope in us has become real, palpable, and we confess that today. And we do so precisely in the face of the circumstances in which we find ourselves that may cause us to lose hope. That is the core dynamic of today’s service: Hope that can move us through and beyond despair. 


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    References:

  • Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • Psalm 51:1-12 (UMH 785)
  • Hebrews 5:5-10
  • John 12:20-33

Love Leads the Way Series

Palm/Passion Sunday recapitulates the beginning and the end of Christ’s final week in Jerusalem. We move from a triumphal procession and its stirring of hope as our entrance rite to hearing of a very different kind of procession, a forced march with a crucifix, to conclude it.


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    References:

  • Liturgy of the Palms
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (UMH 839)
  • Mark 11:1-11
  • John 12:12-16
  • (more...)

Love Leads the Way Series

Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday, marks the last conversation Jesus has with his disciples, a conversation grounded in what he calls a new commandment (mandatum in Latin, hence our English word “Maundy”). He illustrates and underscores the new commandment by washing their feet: “Love one another as I have loved you.” 


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    References:

  • Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
  • Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 (UMH 837)
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
  • John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Love Leads the Way Series

Good Friday, or Holy Friday as it is known in nearly every non-English-speaking culture, we witness the execution of Jesus, recognize our ongoing complicity with the powers of death, and are called to enter the Great Silence of all creation in response to the death of its God and Maker. 


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    References:

  • Isaiah 52:13-53:12
  • Psalm 22 (UMH 752)
  • Hebrews 10:16-25
  • John 18:1-19:42

Love Leads the Way Series

Easter Sunrise is an early morning service built on the framework of the Great Vigil of Easter. It moves from contemplation to celebration. 


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    References:

  • Acts 10:34-42
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
  • John 20:1-18
  • (more...)