Been preaching, but not posting, in order to assemble a collection of sermons that cover the icon vignettes in the Life of Christ Icon that span Holy Week – the Triumphal Entry, the Last Supper, and the Crucifixion. Listen and reflect along with the readings as you consider those mighty acts by which our Savior brought us from sin and death into holiness and life eternal.
On Good Friday, my good buddy Pastor Arnie McFarland brought the message, challenging us to reflect on what life without Jesus would be like for us so we might better appreciate his resurrection presence at work in our lives.
Every Holy Week, Episcopal clergy typical renew their vows from when they were ordained. In the Diocese of Pittsburgh, we share that service with our fellow clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This year, the Lutherans hosted and their bishop presided, while Bp. Dorsey McConnell preached. He preached on the texts from Isaiah 61, Revelation 1, and Luke 4. May we each come to appreciate the weighty call places upon all his baptized family to spread the Good News in word, deed, and sacrament.
On Good Friday, the folks of St Francis and I had the pleasure of joining my friend Rev. Arnie McFarland and his congregation at Calvary United Methodist. He led the service and I preached. The readings can be found here. My sermon and some special music from Arnie and I afterword can be heard below. How has the sacrifice of Christ and his initiation of the new covenant impacted your life?
My friend, Pastor Arnie McFarland, and I not only share our musical talents in the community, but have held combined worship at each other’s congregations for the past few years during Holy Week. Last night on Maundy Thursday, I led our service Holy Communion while he preached. The lessons can be read here. I invite you to reflect with Pastor Arnie on the unifying power of coming to Christ’s table.