4th Sunday of Easter @ River of Hope – April 22, 2018

Bishop Jon Anderson preaches the Good News about a seemingly impossible situation.  Watch or listen below:

Watch the video by clicking HERE.

Well, Now What?

Sermon based on John 20:19-31 – click on the link to read it.

Here is audio of the sermon. Give it a listen.

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What’s An Easter?

John 20:1-18

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes. 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

David Sedaris is a writer who reflects on his life with such wit, my younger sister has more than one story about reading his books while riding public transportation and because she was laughing so hard, she missed her stop and got lots of stares from all the other riders.

The bit that always gets me rolling is the one where Sedaris has moved to France and is taking beginning French lessons. He’s the only American in the class, filled with people from around the world: Morocco, Poland, Russia, and Italy to name a few. The day’s lesson involves trying to describe major holidays and Easter has just been put on the table. A woman from Morocco raises her hand and asks, “What’s an Easter?”

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Hosanna! and Crucify Him! in the same breath

John 12:12-27; 19:16b-22

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When Push Comes to Shove…

John 19:1-16a

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Ya Gotta Serve Somebody


John 18:28-40 – March 11, 2017     Lent 4

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Our Denial Doesn’t Stand a Chance

John 18:12-27 – March 4, 2018

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Daily Bible Readings for the week of March 25, 2018

  • Sunday: John 19:16b-22, The Crucified Messiah
  • Monday: John 17:1-19, Jesus Prays for His Disciples
  • Tuesday: John 17:20-26, Jesus Prays for His Disciples
  • Wednesday: John 15:18-1-11, The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
  • Thursday: John 19:23-30, Jesus’ Last Words
  • Friday: John 19:31-37 Jesus the Passover Lamb
  • Saturday: John 19: 38-42, Passover Lamb

You gotta have heart…

John 9:1-41

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John 4:1-42 – #likeagirl

Before you listen to the sermon below… (seriously, give it a listen. I can’t tell you how different the sermon that is printed below from the preached sermon!)…ANYWAY, watch this before you listen below:

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