Be As Good As Your God!

god is good

The text for our meditation is the Gospel lesson from John 14: 15-21, focusing on verse 15: [Jesus said to the disciples:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

We hear these words from Jesus as a “must”…if you love me you must keep my commandments.  But that is not the sense of Jesus’ words. They are a declarative sentence!  Those who love Jesus simply do keep his commandments.  What may seem impossible, becomes routine for those who love God.

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There Be Treasure There Too!

treasure mapThe 23rd Psalm is probably one of the best known Scriptures in all the Bible.  Unfortunately its use is most often confined to funerals.  Today we will take a look at the 23rd Psalm again, using it to help us through these tough times of unemployment, illness, death, self-isolation and disease.  Though life is now tough, the promises of the Psalm will help us make it through this valley.

The meditation comes in two parts.  Please click on the links below.

Be Present

road to emmaus

This meditation is based on the story of The Road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35.  This is a story of how preoccupation with the past blinds us to the present and the opportunities for new life that each day present.  Paint yourself into this picture so that what it teaches us about how to sense the presence of the Risen Christ will become a portrait of your life.

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short

peaceThis meditation is based on 1 Peter 1:3-9 and John 20:19-31.

One cannot control the unknowns of the world, but one can control one’s response to them.  In this second week of Easter the still wounded Jesus makes an appearance to his fearful, isolated, confused disciples who are hiding out in a locked room, wondering what to do.

 

To these men and the circumstances of Jesus arrest, trial and execution which occupy them, Jesus brings a word of peace.  A peace that comes from knowing that in the end the course of history will end in salvation, redemption and resurrection.  Jesus is the model of navigating that way of living so that our preferred futures are not lost to short term gain or unnecessary anxiety.

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

cross in white

This Easter meditation speaks to the absence of things normally associated with Easter celebrations and how a “word” of hope moves us beyond our circumstances of fear and regret, into the joy of the Easter message.

 

Our soloist is Karen Kramer and the Cantor Edwin Kramer.

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The Passion of the Christ According to St. Matthew

the passion MatthewOn Passion Sunday (commonly known as Palm Sunday) the entire Passion of the Christ is read.  Each year a different version of that story is read from either Mark, Matthew or Luke.  This is the story from St. Matthew 26:14 -27:66 assigned to our 2020 celebration.  On Good Friday the church, each year, reads the Passion Story from the Gospel according to St. John which stands in stark contrast to the suffering portrayed by Mark, Matthew and Luke.

The Passion story comes in two parts. Please click on the links below for the videos.