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April 10, 2022 – In and Out – Palm/Passion Sunday

John 19:16b-22 Sign above the cross proclaims the crucified king. John 12:12-27 Triumphal Entry Jesus comes in and goes out of Jerusalem in today’s two lessons. They happen about a week apart, and they show a dramatic shift in the attitudes of the people of Jerusalem about Jesus. What stays the same is the title that Jesus is given. As he comes…

April 3, 2022 – Denial, part 3 – 5th Sunday in Lent

John 19:1-16a Jesus is condemned, they have no king but Caesar. Pilate does odd things to start this passage. Jesus is brought out with no grounds for a charge, but after being whipped and dressed in a purple robe, crowned by thorns. That doesn’t feel right for how we should dismiss someone who has no charges against them, who is innocent. Pilate…

March 20, 2022 – Denial, part 1 – 3rd Sunday in Lent

John 18:12-27 Jesus’ trial before Annas, Peter’s denial. There is a contrast between Peter and Jesus here, or between disciples and the Messiah. Both are questioned about who they are and what they have been doing. Jesus essentially answers the charges by telling the chief priest to listen to what is being said about him. Jesus has been in ministry in public,…

March 13, 2022 – By Example – 2nd Sunday in Lent

John 13:1-17 Footwashing as a sign of Jesus’ love and example. John again centers us on Passover as we begin this passage. Jesus and the disciples are preparing for the celebration. In chapter 12, they have come into Jerusalem, and Hosannas have been shouted, welcoming Jesus. John tells this story looking back in time, describing…

March 6, 2022 – Where Life and Death Meet – The 1st Sunday in Lent

John 11:1-44 Raising Lazarus, Jesus as the resurrection and life. This passage is all about life and death. John is the only one who tells this story. As we hear this story, we may hear tales of another death and resurrection. This story does some things out of order – Mary is identified as the one who washes Jesus’s feet, but that…

Lenten Community Services 2022

Lent is upon us and we are gathering once more for the Lenten Community Services. We will gather at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays as noted below, and then noon on Good Friday. We will be observing the gathering guidelines of each host congregation, and streaming will be via the host congregation’s usual practice. Join us…

Community Lenten Services 2021

We gather again this year for Lent, and to gather as the community of God gathered in mission, service, and worship together in Marion. This year, our worship will be online, and shared with our community in a prerecorded format. Videos will be posted to premiere at 6 pm on Tuesday evenings in Lent, as woudl be our time if we were…

April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday – Make the Next Move

Mark 11:1-11 – Triumphal entryMark 14:3-9 – Woman anoints Jesus at Bethany Something interesting happens in these passages. There’s acombination of audacity and direction that occurs. Before Jesus entersJerusalem, he sends the disciples in to get the donkey. The arrangementshave already been made. They are just to go and pick up the rental donkeyfor Jesus…

What is Lent?

Lent is a season of the church year that lasts 40 days. It begins on Ash Wednesday, and concludes on Easter. The Sundays in Lent are not counted, as they are all little Easters – celebrations of the resurrection of Christ. This season is considered to be penitential, contemplative, and preparatory. Often people will fast,…