Good Friday: The Seven Last Words of Christ

Pain is a holy angel who shows us treasures that would otherwise remain forever hidden...But it needs to be overcome every time, and thus there is an even holier angel than the one of pain; that is, the one of joy in God.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

On Good Friday, we asked seven people from our community to reflect on one phrase from Jesus' death -- words uttered from the cross.  The experiences were personal and deeply considered.  It was a night in which we stayed present not just to the suffering of Christ, but to the suffering of Christ within each of us.  And they are a testament to resilience.  Each of these compelling devotional responses were a blessing to all of us who heard them.  

May they bless you in your hearing.

Sermon for 4/30/17: Emmaus - A Pattern for our Lives

Luke 24:13-35

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
— Luke 24:31
Another Templeton Morning  2017

Another Templeton Morning  2017

Sermon Notes: I don't really have any -- I'm sure there are many Bible scholars out there who have written about the liturgical connections in this story.  I don't think I'm saying anything new, but still worth saying nonetheless.  Seeing here the clear sign pointing to Word and Sacrament is a beautiful thing.

I did have some helpers though -- some visual aids and you hear my pointing to them throughout the sermon so thank you for the patience in this second-hand listening experience.

Two Sermons: Easter Sunday and Doubting Thomas

Colossians 3:1-4 and Matthew 28:1-10 for Easter

1 Peter 1:3-9, Psalm 16, John 20:19-31 for April 23

Templeton Sunrise     Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge

Templeton Sunrise     Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge

Sermon Notes

The poem I read by Iain Cowie on Easter comes from the book Eggs and Ashes by Ruth Burgess published by Wild Goose Publications, part of the Iona family.  HERE is the reference and link to order.