This third week of Eastertide message of the Risen Christ is one of repentance and forgiveness.
God has a message for the doubter in our lectionary readings this week…and it’s one that deals with the real enemy of faith: fear. Find out how genuine community, Scripture, and honesty make it easier for faith to flourish.
Last night at St Bartholomew’s we looked into the OT lessons of Abraham, Moses, and Ezekiel and the Gospel as a framework for the meaning of the vigil and renewing our baptismal vows.
This morning at St Francis, with the baptism of Nolan Rose, we recalled how the messages proclaimed by Sts. Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene were fulfilled in Christ and in us in the sacrament of baptism.
Sharing Holy Week services this week with our friends at Calvary United Methodist is such a blessing! At their church on Good Friday, we considered what it means to be stray sheep and to have the Lamb of God take the sins of the world upon himself. Thank you, Savior, for your gracious sacrifice!
This the Palm Sunday the prophet Zechariah encourages us to be “prisoner’s of hope” secure in the blood of God’s covenant.
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Today our readings cover God’s covenant of rescue through Moses, particularly the Ten Commandments. May we all learn to love God and neighbor by obeying the moral commandments of God as an expression of gratitude for Christ’s saving work in our lives.