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Easter 2B – April 11, 2021

Acts 4:32-35 – Now those who believed were of one heart and soul, and they held all possessions in common.

Psalm 133 – How good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.

1 John 1:1 –2:2 – If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves.

John 20:19-31 – When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Doubting Thomas: “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Direct download: 04.11.2021_Doubting_Thomas.m4a
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The Resurrection of our Lord – April 4, 2021

Acts 10:34-43  Peter’s sermon at Cornelius’ house: God shows no partiality. Anyone from any nation who fears God is accepted by God.


Isaiah 25:6-9 – On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make a feast for all people, swallow up death forever, wipe away the tears from all faces.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 – I shall not die but live and recount the deeds of the Lord.

I Corinthians 15:1-11 For I handed on to you what I received, Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised on the third day.


Acts 10:34-43  Peter’s sermon at Cornelius’ house: God shows no partiality. Anyone from any nation who fears God is accepted by God.

John 20:1-18  Resurrection appearance. Mary: “I have seen the Lord.”


Mark 16:1-8 – Empty tomb. Mark’s original ending: “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”

Direct download: 04.04.2021_The_Resurrected_Body_of_Christ.m4a
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Maundy Thursday – April 1, 2021
Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment: To love one another as he had loved them. By your Holy Spirit write this commandment in our hearts; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 – God establishes Passover as a day of remembrance.
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 – What shall I return to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows…
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that on the night in which he was betrayed our Lord took bread…
John 13:1-17, 31b-35 – Washing of the disciples’ feet.

Good Friday - April 2, 2021

Merciful God, your Son was lifted up on the cross to draw all people to himself. Grant that we who have been born out of his wounded side may at all times find mercy in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12  The Song of the Suffering Servant. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…

Psalm 22  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Hebrews 10:16-25  I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more. New covenant.
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 – Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, let us hold fast to our confession. 

John 18:1-19:42  John’s passion: arrest, trial, crucifixion. The passion for John’s gospel is appointed for Good Friday every year. John’s account is most problematic of the four gospels because of its many references to “the Jews.” In a post-holocaust world, we have to be acutely aware of how these passages get heard and interpreted. Crucifixion was a Roman form of execution. While there is little doubt that Jesus was also at odds with the Temple leaders, he and his disciples were Jewish. Passages about “the Jews” calling for Jesus’ death were used to stoke the flames of hatred and violence against Jewish people.

Direct download: 04.01.2021_Suffering_Love-Maundy_Thursday_and_Good_Friday.m4a
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Passion/Palm Sunday – March 28, 2021

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29– Open the gates of righteousness that I may enter.

Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16 – The Triumphal Entry.

Isaiah 50:4-9a – I gave my back to those who hit me; my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard. I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

Psalm 31:9-16 – Into your hands I commend my spirit…

Philippians 2:5-11 – Have this mind among that was in Christ, who emptied himself and became obedient to death on a cross.

Mark 14:1 – 15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47) – The Passion, though I prefer to focus on the Triumphal Entry, Mark 11:1-11.

Direct download: 03.28.2021_Joy_Amidst_Suffering.m4a
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LENT 5B – March 21, 2021

Jeremiah 31:31-34 – I will make a new covenant. I will write the law on their hearts. They will all know me. I will remember their sins no more.

Psalm 51:1-12 – Create in me a clean heart O God…


Psalm 119:9-16 – Happy are those whose way is blameless…

Hebrews 5:5-10 – High priest according to the order of Melchizedek. He learned obedience through suffering.

John 12:20-33 – Gospel: Greeks. Sir we wish to see Jesus. Grain of wheat dies. Love life lose it. Save me from this hour? When I am lifted up, I will draw all people unto myself. The light is with you a little while longer. While you are in the light, believe in the light so that you may become children of the light.

Direct download: 03.21.2021_A_New_Covenant.m4a
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LENT 4B – March 14, 2021

Numbers 21:4-9 – Moses lifts up the serpent in the wilderness. Murmuring. Fiery serpents.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 – They cried to the Lord in their trouble and he saved them from their distress…

Ephesians 2:1-10 – Dead in your trespasses, for by grace you have been saved by faith… for good works.

John 3:14-21 – Just as Moses “lifted up” the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him will have eternal life. Light has come into the world, but people preferred darkness. For God so loved the world…

Direct download: 03.14.2021_Lifted_Up.m4a
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