Reflection for Maundy Thursday

April 18, 2019Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17, 31b-35 by Eric Anderson The Gospel reading leaves out a couple of things. In the section we skipped, verses 18 through 30, Jesus predicted that one of his disciples would hand him over. He even identified Judas, though in a way only one or two could recognize in the […]

April 18, 2019 in Lent, Sermons by

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Pastor’s Corner: Lent Will End

April 17, 2019 Lent is drawing to a close. In the next few days we will join one another in the service of the shadows (Tenebrae in Latin), hearing the story of the Thursday of Holy Week in Chuukese, English, Pohnpeian, and Samoan. On Good Friday the sanctuary will be open for private prayer from […]

April 17, 2019 in Lent, Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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What I’m Thinking: Great Love

Jesus commanded his friends to love one another as much as he had loved them. Curiously, they didn’t ask how much he loved them. They seemed to know. Would that we could know as well! Here’s a transcript: It’s Holy Week at Church of the Holy Cross, and although I am thinking about Easter Sunday, […]

April 15, 2019 in Lent, What I'm Thinking by

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Reading of the Passion from Luke

On Palm Sunday, worship at Church of the Holy Cross began with an exultant march around the sanctuary, waving palms and singing. The children, of course, took the lead. Later in the service, four readers took on the task of sharing the story of Jesus’ last two days: his Passover dinner with his closest friends […]

April 14, 2019 in Sermons by

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What I’m Thinking: Passion Sunday

For the last few years at Church of the Holy Cross, we have observed Palm Sunday with a reading of the Passion narrative – the story of Jesus’ last day, beginning with the Last Supper and ending with his burial. This year we will read it from the Gospel of Luke. Here’s a transcript: The […]

April 7, 2019 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: God’s Not Done with Me

April 7, 2019Fifth Sunday in Lent Philippians 3:4b-14John 12:1-8 by Eric Anderson Preacher’s Note: The recording includes brief comment on a verse I essentially ignored in preparing the sermon: John 12:8, which reads, “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” We had just sung the first three verses […]

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Pastor’s Corner: The Work of the Church

April 3, 2019 I devote a lot of time in my week to worship. I prepare the prayers and responses we include in the Sunday bulletin, and select the hymns (so please blame me, not any of the music staff, when I’ve chosen an unsingable tune). I write the sermon and scan the headlines for […]

April 4, 2019 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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What I’m Thinking: Unfinished

Both Paul and Jesus, oddly enough, told people that God wasn’t finished with them. God isn’t finished with us, either. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about two Scriptures today. First, I’m thinking about the third chapter of Paul’s to the church in Philippi (Philippians 3:4b-14). In it, he describes some of his background: How important […]

March 31, 2019 in What I'm Thinking by

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Open My Eyes

Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me;Place in my hand the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free:Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready, my God, Thy will to see:Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine! Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth […]

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Being Grandma

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:15 God opened my heart to a new love when I became a grandma. I now look at babies and young children with greater love. I know how much joy they add […]

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