Monthly Archives: March 2013

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Jesus Christ is Risen Today Behold the joy of Easter morning! Hear the rousing hymns, trumpets and horns that awake the congregant’s ears. See the spiffed-up adults and children, all marking “our triumphant holy day.” Easter, the climax of our Lenten journey, commemorates the victory… Continue reading




Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain

Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain Hymn texts have a way of shaping the culture of our community and reminding us of the great narratives of our faith. Often sung during the Vigil of Easter, “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain” anticipates the joy of… Continue reading




John 18:1-19:42

John 18:1-19:42 The relationships portrayed in chapters 18 and 19 of John provoke some thought. There was Judas, of course, who betrayed his Rabbi and led the soldiers to him. There was Peter, normally a devoted and enthusiastic disciple, who denied his relationship to Jesus.… Continue reading




John 13:1-17, 31b-35

John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Maundy Thursday is a name that evolved from a Latin word for “commandment.” It is an allusion to Jesus’ words in the last verse of our text for today: “A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved… Continue reading




John 13:21-32

John 13:21-32 Surely Judas had expectations of Jesus that he considered unmet and, in that moment of disappointment, he was vulnerable to Satan. He betrayed Jesus, and in this tragic account, there is a warning for us. We must be very careful about harboring bitterness… Continue reading




John 12:20-36

John 12:20-36 Jesus’ comments about the value of death run counter to our culture. We are inclined to flee from death and fear its power. When somebody senses the nearness of death and wants to talk about it, we often urge them to have a… Continue reading




John 12:1-11

John 12:1-11 Quite a contrast, isn’t it? There is Mary, who pours a pound of expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet, an extravagant act of devotion. Her behavior, particularly when she used her hair to dry Jesus’ feet, probably embarrassed a few of Jesus’ followers. Her… Continue reading




O Christ, Thou Lamb of God

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God We hear our Lenten theme, “Clothed in God’s Grace,” in light of Jesus’ Passover meal with the disciples. We come to know once again the depth of God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God. Passover,… Continue reading




On My Heart Imprint Your Image

On My Heart Imprint Your Image “Clothed in God’s Grace” is the selected theme for our Lenten devotions this year. This theme carries through in a unique way with the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. God’s grace comes in the most contrary of signs, challenging… Continue reading




Luke 22:14-23

Luke 22:14-23 The hour of sundown begins the day of Passover as Jesus gathers the disciples to celebrate the fulfillment of the coming kingdom of God. Jesus transforms the Passover meal with the announcement of his suffering and that he will not eat of Passover… Continue reading