Lent and Holy Week Sermons (2012)

Date: April 5, 2012Liturgical Day: Maundy Thursday Sermon Title: Now that I Have Loved You

Jesus' love for us it changes us, sends us out sacrificial love 

Summary: We worship on Maundy Thursday to experience the love of Jesus: his self-emptying, servant minded, humble, obedient love that loves, even when there is nothing to gain from loving. This is the love that changes us. This is the love that takes hold of our hearts. This is the love that causes us to love others as he first loved us. In that, is evidence of discipleship.

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Date: April 1, 2012 Liturgical Day: Passion / Palm Sunday Sermon Title: The Mystery of Atonement

Palm / Passion Sunday the last week of our Lord's life mystery of faith 

Summary: The suffering and death of Jesus dominates our experience during Holy Week. In a movement that is as puzzling as it is powerful, God's love is made known. Ultimately, it is a chapter in our faith history that is something more to be experienced than explained; something more to be received than believed. In this death is the life that God wants for us.

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Date: March 25, 2012 Liturgical Day: The Fifth Sunday in Lent Sermon Title: Practices of Lent

practices of Lent discovering sin and grace God touches our hearts 

Summary: We're two thirds of the way through Lent, but there is still a third left. It's not too late to become involved. The faith practices we adopt during the season of Lent are not an end in themselves (as if more practice is what God wants...). Instead, their intent is to break open our hearts, so that we might more clearly see our sin, and more powerfully experience Gad's grace.

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Date: March 18, 2012 Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday in Lent Sermon Title: Look Up and Be Saved

snakes and salvation Jesus, crucified for us look up and be saved

Summary: In both the first lesson and the Gospel, God lifts up for those who believe a sign: a sign of love and forgiveness and deliverance. The people of Ancient Israel took comfort form the image of a serpent on a pole that was lifted up in their midst. We take comfort from the image of Christ lifted up on the cross of Calvary.

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Date: March 11, 2012
Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday in Lent
Sermon Title: Religious? or Faithful?

religion or faith marketplace or “Father’s House” God touches our hearts

Summary: In the Temple, Jesus finds people who have become consumed by religious ritual, but distracted from the presence of God. May we find that our religious traditions direct us toward God, and when they don't, have the courage to reform them.

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Date: March 4, 2012

Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday in Lent Sermon Title: Pick Up Your Cross

suffering and death his death, the source of our life called to die with him 

Summary: In this week's Gospel, Jesus calls us to (1) deny ourselves, (2) pick up our crosses, and (3) follow him. In a world that is increasingly self-centered, this is a counter-cultural way to live. But, as Jesus reminds us in this text, it is the only way to true life — the Life God wants us to know.

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Date: February 26, 2012
Liturgical Day: The First Sunday in Lent
Sermon Title: Good News... Real Good News

repent and believe thinking, completely transformed the good news of God 

Summary: Jesus calls his followers to μετάνοια — a transformation in the way they think. This new way of thinking is not so much about what we do, as it is about what we believe. Contrary to contemporary practice (in his time and in ours ours), there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. That has already been accomplished on the cross of Calvary. This is a new way of thinking about salvation, and very good news!

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Date: February 22, 2012 Liturgical Day: Ash Wednesday Sermon Title: New Beginnings

private discipline the hidden grace of God new faith beginnings 

Summary: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the beginning of a new direction in the church year, and the beginning of the rest of our lives. On this evening we are marked with the sign of the cross (in remembrance of our baptism) with ashes (in remembrance of our brokenness). May this Lenten journey bring us to a deeper awareness of our need for Christ, and a deeper longing for the power of the Gospel.

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