When Mary and Mary find the tomb empty, they hear and spread the good news that Jesus is risen and everything has changed! Warning – we had this year’s Easter service at Fault Line Park, and it was quite windy, which you can hear in our low-budget recording. Apologies! But wind doesn’t change the good news…
After walking through the Passion Narrative in Matthew as a congregation, we look at Psalm 31, which the lectionary pairs with this story. What is the significance of hearing such a hopeful Psalm in the context of crucifixion?
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. We talk about the questions that this sign raise and what it means to follow the one who has the power to give life to the dead.
Jesus opens the eyes of a man who was blind since birth, and controversy ensues. We talk about what it means to be truly blind, and how the Lord can give us sight.
We take a look at the passage that gives us the name “Living Water” this week! Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at a well, bridging gaps and entering into scandal in order to offer her life. We look at how our mission in East Village parallels what Christ did with the woman at this well.
John 3 contains some of the most powerful and beloved verses in all of scripture. We look at what it means to be “born again” or “born from above.” What does it mean to believe in Jesus, not just admire him?
We look at Jesus’ fasting and temptations out in the wilderness, and the significance of him resisting these particular temptations. Dostoevsky’s “The Grand Inquisitor” chapter of The Brothers Karamazov helps us out a bit.
On this Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday of Epiphany, we see Jesus glorified and come to see that it is only in recognizing and trusting in the identity of Jesus that we are enabled to live out our calling as his disciples.
We continue in the Sermon on the Mount, where we find that to be salt and light in this world means to turn the other cheek and love even our enemies.
We enter into the heart of the sermon on the mount, hearing Jesus’ instruction on anger, lust, and truth-telling. We look at how these instructions, which seem too difficult to live out, are actually realistic for communities of faith to pursue together.