Eastertide 2020

A Lectionary Series
April 19, 2020 – May 31, 2020

The season of Eastertide invites us to ponder what our life will be like in light of the resurrection. This year, in the midst of an unsettling pandemic and with the loss of many social outlets, we look to the Revised Common Lectionary to provide a regular, predictable rhythm for our engagement with the Bible.

Message line-up:

The Story Ends in Doubt
Pastor Scott Austin
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John’s Gospel concludes with a resonant story about Thomas, the disciple who refused to believe in the resurrection until he could physically touch Jesus. What an odd way to finish a story! John also adds a promise to those who will hear the story later.

John 20:19-31, 1 Peter 1:3-9
Preaching to the Converted
Pastor Scott Austin

After the arrival of the Holy Spirit, Peter delivered a powerful sermon that led to thousands of people being baptized. But although the miracle was that everyone received the Spirit, it was people who were already religious who repented and believed!

Acts 2:14, 36-41
Breaking Bread at Home
Pastor Scott Austin

From the beginning, the Christian faith has been practiced not just in public worship, but at home. What’s more, Christians have always been acquainted with suffering. Perhaps these ancient scriptures can offer us hope in our modern times.

Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25
Lord, Show Us the Father
Pastor Scott Austin

The disciples once asked Jesus, Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied. This combination of questioning and promising faith is one we are all familiar with. And Jesus’s answer is one we all need to hear.

John 14:1-14, Acts 7:55-60
Where Does God Not Live?
Pastor Scott Austin

In a famous sermon in Athens, Paul told the pre-Christian people that God does not live in shrines made by human hands. Yet he also used their own religious poetry to point them to Christ. Perhaps God is more omnipresent than we might think.

Acts 17:22-31, John 14:15-21
The In-between
Judy Howard Peterson

The place and time of living in-between requires a certain set of skills that most of us struggle to sustain. And yet, this is where most of life is lived. While I have not always felt triumphant in this space I have found a few helpful methods for living in the midst of the middle that I look forward to offering into the mix. Can't want to "be with you" on Sunday.

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11, Acts 1:6-14
Day of Pentecost

We celebrate the Day of Pentecost, remembering the multi-lingual and egalitarian way that the Holy Spirit broke through to the world through the gathered assembly of Christians.

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