The gospel for Easter’s seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in John’s gospel on the night before his death, and always includes Jesus’ desire that his followers will be one as he and the Father are one. This oneness is not mere doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

In today’s gospel, Jesus calls his followers “friends.” Friendship captures the love, joy, and mutuality of our lives with Christ and one another. Jesus laid down his life for his friends, and appointed them to go and bear the fruit of his love for others. As friends of Christ, we share his love and friendship […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

1 John teaches that God is love and we love because God first loved us. Abiding in love, God abides in us. In today’s gospel Jesus calls himself the true vine and those who abide in him bear much fruit. He is the vine and we are the branches reaching out to bear the fruit […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

In today’s gospel Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” Jesus leads us to still waters and washes us in baptism. He leads us through life’s darkest valleys, prepares a table for us, and feeds us with his body and blood. Jesus lays down his life for the sheep, and he lives raised, gathering all […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

The gospel for the third Sunday of Easter is always one in which the risen Christ shares food with the disciples, meals that are the Easter template for the meal Christ sets before us in the Eucharist. In today’s gospel, Jesus opens the minds of his followers that they might become his witnesses to all […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we encounter the mystery of Christ’s presence as told in the gospels. Today we gather around the disciples on the first Easter, as Jesus breathes the Spirit on them and upon us. As with Thomas we also ask for the light of faith to […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

This is the day the Lord has made! Christ is risen, and through him we live in the promise of his resurrection! As the Book of Acts proclaims, “God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34) and Christ opens the way to resurrection for everyone who believes in him. Today we sing hymns of praise, hear God’s […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

Life and death stand side by side as we enter into Good Friday. In John’s passion account, Jesus reveals the power and glory of God, even as he is put on trial and sentenced to death. Standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross, we pray for the whole world in the ancient […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

This evening our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Tonight we remember Christ’s last meal with his disciples, and the new covenant of forgiveness he establishes through this meal. As Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, he also […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)

Today, we encounter the paradox that defines our faith: Jesus Christ the glorified king and humiliated servant. We too are full of paradox: we desire to follow Christ, but find ourselves often afraid, even denying Jesus. We wave palms in celebration as Christ comes to lead the world in humble service, yet we hesitate to […]

Read more

View the Sermon (PDF)