Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he shared some last words for his disciples. One thing he said was, “You are witnesses of these things.” That had special significance for his disciples, as it does for disciples today. Being a witness is not optional. We actually ARE witnesses – living witnesses. We have touched and seen the Risen Lord. HOW we bear witness to the resurrection is essential to our faith. Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of the service provided below. Note that when available, the video has a “Closed Caption” transcript, accessible byRead More →

In last week’s Easter story, things did not go as the disciples expected.  So in this week’s story, they hid and locked their doors – and found Jesus in their midst.  If in self-preservation, we hide from the overwhelming grace of God, and lock the doors of our mind, how is it that Jesus still comes in? Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of the service provided below. Note that when available, the video has a “Closed Caption” transcript, accessible by clicking the CC button at the bottom of the video window. The Opening HymnRead More →

Terror and Amazement. Person leaping from one rock to another with ocean in background.

At Easter, God called forth a radically new life, overturning the power of death, and proclaiming the triumph of love. This is deeper than spring flowers and baby chicks. This is the in-breaking of God’s affirmation that love is stronger than death, and that life will triumph over the powers of empire. There is mystery here. No one sees the moment of resurrection, yet we experience the results of that moment. We trust that God alone can transform the moment of despair into a life of joy. Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of theRead More →

Good Friday is a time for remembering the experience of Jesus’s last hours.  As you “walk” Jesus’s Via Dolorosa, we invite you to open yourself to what he may have been feeling at each step. In Isaiah 52:5, we can read: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.” (See the whole section of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 for context.) The Via Dolorosa (Latin for Way of Grief or Way of Suffering) is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem, held to be the path that JesusRead More →