Words for the Week ~ June 4

Psalm 68:1-22  •  Acts 1:6-14  •  I Peter 4:12-5:11  •  John 17:1-11 This Thursday is Ascension Day. This is the day that we commemorate Christ’s return to the Father after his resurrection. Some may wonder why the ascension is important. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Jesus promises his Spirit, the Holy…

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Words for the Week ~ May 28

Psalm 66:7-18 ~ Acts 17:22-28 ~ I Peter 3:13-22 ~ John 14:15-21 Every season is a time to celebrate resurrection. However, the early church showed a special kind of wisdom continuing their celebration of Christ’s resurrection from spring (Easter) through to summer (Pentecost). The burst of new life that we see in the flowers, blossoming…

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Words for the Week ~ May 21

Psalm 31:1-16 • Acts 7:55-60 • I Peter 2:2-10 • John 14:1-14 This past weekend we examined four passages of Scripture that describe the church. Psalm 23 described the church as the one pursued by the “goodness and mercy” of God. Acts 2 described what the earliest, Jewish Christians did. I Peter 2 told the…

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Words for the Week – May 7

Psalm 116 • Acts 2:14a, 36-41 • I Peter 1:17-23 • Luke 24:13-36 Remember that we have moved from the season of repentance and reflection into a season of rejoicing! Together we proclaim the mystery of faith:  Christ has died – Christ is risen – Christ will come again! The season of Easter is a…

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Words for the Week – April 30

Psalm 111 • Acts 2:14-22 • I Peter 1:3-9 • John 20:19-31  Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! – Khristós Anésti! Alithós Anésti! – Christ est ressuscité! Il est vraiment ressuscité!  – Cristo è risorto! È veramente risorto! – Christos voskres! Voistinu voskres! – Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe! – Ua ala aʻe nei…

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St. John of Chrysostom’s Easter Homily

The Paschal Homily of St. John of Chrysostom

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.

If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.

If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.

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Good Friday

The name “Good Friday” is a strange phrase used to commemorate the day that Christ was killed. “Dark Friday”, “Agony Day”, “Sad Friday”, any of these might better capture our thoughts and feelings about this day. But, none of them were chosen. Instead, Christians have learned to call this “Good Friday” because something good, indeed…

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Maundy Thursday: Scripture and Prayer

Psalm 7:14-25 • Exodus 12:1-14 • I Corinthians 11:23-26 • John 13:1-15 Maundy Thursday, so called because of the Latin word for commandment. “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos”. On this day Christians often celebrate the Lord’s Supper and some groups have foot washing ceremonies. As a part of Holy week…

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Holy Week: Wednesday Prayer and Scripture

Psalm 69:7-23 • Isaiah 50:4-9 • Hebrews 9:11-28 • John 13:21-35 “Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body ot be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your…

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