April 17th, 2014
Date: April 17, 2014
Liturgical Day: Maundy Thursday (Year A)
love one another
essence of discipleship
a “new” commandment
Jesus’ description of discipleship: “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” In washing his disciples’ feet, and commending this to his followers, he shows us what discipleship looks like: humbling one’s self, and caring for each other. And by this, the world will know that we belong to him.
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April 13th, 2014
Date: April 13, 2014
Liturgical Day: Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday (Year A)
the holiest week
proclaiming God’s love and grace
a gift for us all
The liturgies of Holy Week proclaim to us that in the suffering and death of Jesus, God loves us enough to die for us. The surprise of the empty tomb proclaims to us that God is mighty enough to defeat the powers of death, and to promise us the gift of life. Come join us as we celebrate Holy Week at Saint Peter.
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April 6th, 2014
Date: April 6, 2014
Liturgical Day: The Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year A)
a gift of new life
unbind him and let him go
the work of the church
Jesus raises Lazarus from death, and then commands the gathered community to “unbind him and let him go.” Likewise, he commands the church of today to set God’s children free from all that binds them. What will that look like for us?
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April 2nd, 2014
Date: April 2, 2014
Liturgical Day: Wednesday before the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year A)
In the final of seven “signs” in St. John’s Gospel, Jesus raises his dear friend Lazarus from the dead, inspires Mary, Martha and their friends to faith, and invites us to believe in the power of the resurrection.
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April 1st, 2014
Pastor’s monthly newsletter article for April, 2014
On Ash Wednesday, two other Pastors and I headed to the King Soopers parking lot (the local grocery store in the neighborhood where Saint Peter is located), and set up a pair of awnings. We made ourselves available there for prayers, conversations, and the imposition of ashes with anyone who happened to stop by. It was a good day. A couple dozen Saint Peter members came by to pray with us and receive ashes. And perhaps more importantly, we met another dozen or so of our neighbors, most of whom stopped by to receive ashes. It seemed like a very good way to begin the season of Lent, and I hope we’ll be able to do it again next year.
This effort was born out of the understanding that times have changed for the Christian church in North America. There was a day when supporters or leaders in the church could expect that people would automatically come to us when they were looking for a sense of meaning or purpose or hope. This is no longer the case. If we want to reach our neighbors with the good news of Jesus Christ, in many cases we will have to reach out to them first – to go where they are. Read the rest of this entry »