Sermon: Shepherds of Compassion

April 22, 2018 John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24 For some years, the fourth Sunday of the Easter season has been known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” We read from the same chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus’ pronouncement, “I am the good shepherd.” You’re likely to read, hear, or sing the 23rd Psalm. The readings are so […]

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Pastor’s Corner: Be (Less) Busy and Know that I Am God

April 18, 2018 In the last Messenger, I wrote that with Easter Sunday past, this is no ordinary time. We do not go “back to normal.” The implication, of course, was that this is a time to be as active and busy as possible. This time, I’d like to if not contradict myself, then at […]

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What I’m Thinking: True Love

  In the First Letter of John, we hear this striking directive: “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” We have neighbors who will need our truth and action. Here’s a transcript: This coming Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday on the Church calendar. The Gospel reading is […]

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Sermon: Understanding and Testimony

April 15, 2018 Luke 24:36b-48 In 2011, some folks at the Centers for Disease Control were looking for a new way to get people engaged in preparing for some kind of a disaster: to help them look at the needs they might have, the things they might stockpile, the documents to keep safe. If they’d […]

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What I’m Thinking: Puzzled Witnesses

  Jesus asked his friends to be witnesses to his resurrection – but it must be said, they didn’t understand it. Frankly, I find that a comfort. Here’s a transcript: Thank you to all those of you who let me know this past week that you enjoyed the song I shared in last week’s show. […]

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Sermon: Forgiving Others for God

April 8, 2018: Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 The fact that Thomas had to be somewhere else on that first Easter evening, rather than in that locked room with his friends, ended up giving us a lot to talk about. There’s the matter of what is doubt and what is belief. There’s the question […]

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Pastor’s Corner: (Not) Back to Normal

April 4, 2018 From my perspective, with Lent over and Easter Sunday past, the Church can go “back to normal.” It’s the occasion to resume the routine, continue the customary, and sustain the status quo. Which is a very wrong perspective. Easter, I keep reminding myself (as I sigh with relief that the “extras” of […]

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2018 Bread for the World

Anpan Man returns to Church of the Holy Cross’ annual Bake Sale and Letter Writing to our Congressional Delegates on Sunday, April 22, 2018. For our annual bake sale, we are asking members to provide baked goods, pickled vegetables, sushi rice, and any other types of prepared food.  This event has always been well supported […]

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What I’m Thinking: Jesus Christ is Risen!

  I’m still thinking about Easter. Actually, I’m not thinking. I’m singing. Here’s the transcript (and the lyrics, which may not be the best part of the recording): Well, I’m still thinking about Easter. This coming Sunday’s gospel lesson is the story of Thomas. But I’m not really thinking about Easter. Truthfully, I’m singing about […]

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Sermon: Their Story Became Our Story

April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Mark 16:1-8 “…And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” That’s the end of Mark’s gospel in the oldest copies that have survived the nineteen hundred and forty years or so since he wrote it. It is widely viewed as, shall we say, a disappointing ending. The most […]

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