The Garden: Risking Temptation Gethsemane is the moment when a chain of events begins that cannot be halted. Once Jesus is taken into custody, there is no going back. So we pause a moment with him in the garden just before his arrest, and we feel with him the temptations that arise when facing difficult […]
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The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends Jesus’ words at the Last Supper were shocking to those in attendance. His words can seem familiar, even comforting to us because we hear these words every time we have communion. But at the moment of their utterance, they were anything but “usual.” This week, we enter […]
The First Dinner: Risking Rejection Pastor Bonnie will continue with our Lenten series on Entering the Passion of Jesus. This week’s sermon, The First Dinner: Risking Rejection, uses Mark 14:3-7 (with references to Mark 14:3-9, Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-8). Here, Jesus and his followers gather for a meal, when a woman shows up unexpectedly to anoint Jesus in […]
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The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger Jesus’ response to a visit to the Temple in the midst of this busy, noisy, Passover “tourist season” is utter frustration turned to anger. With so much at stake, “business-as-usual” seems obscene. This can be true for us today. The banality of our everyday lives sometimes seems ludicrous in the […]