“Easter’s Glory”

Luke 24:1-12 “Easter’s Glory” Introduction You would think that preaching to a full house on Easter Sunday would be a pastor’s dream.  But truth be told, most pastors are daunted, intimidated with it.  Easter morning is the championship game of preaching, and most preachers worry that on this day they will choke, they will fail to find words worthy of … Read More

“Just As He Told You”

Mark 16:1-8 “Just as He Told You” Introduction I always have a sleepless night when I know I have to get up early for something important the next morning. I can only imagine that Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome had a sleepless night too. They had not been able to prepare Jesus’ body for burial … Read More

“Every Tongue Confess Jesus Christ Is Lord”

Philippians 2:5-11 “Every Tongue Confess Jesus Christ Is Lord” Introduction At the baptism of Eli’s mother, Caroline, I talked about how that Sunday, Baptism of the Lord Sunday, was one of my favorite Sundays in the church year. Now here we are for Eli’s baptism on another favorite Sunday, Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday with the celebrating, people processing, children handing … Read More

“The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us”

Psalm 126 “The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us” Introduction This week at our Wednesday Lenten program, when we sang “Bringing in the Sheaves,” the old gospel hymn based on Psalm 126, I shared that growing up I never understood the meaning of bringing in sheaves. When I was young we did not have a clothes dryer, and we … Read More

“Our Sins Are Forgiven”

Psalm 32 “Our Sins Are Forgiven” If the Sundays in Lent had named themes like the Sundays in Advent, this fourth Sunday would be called a festival to celebrate forgiveness.(1)  Psalm 32 has elements of lament, penitence and wisdom, but most of all this psalm talks about forgiveness. Introduction As my husband and I worked on our tax information for … Read More