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Where is Jesus Sending us Now? - April 12, 2015

John 20:19-25

Some of you knew Malcolm R, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Idaho who died about a year ago. Malcolm and his wife Carol were long time members of First Presbyterian Church here in Moscow. It might have been otherwise. Malcolm used to tell me how as a young, married couple, in another state (New Jersey, I think) they set out to find a church. The first one they tried was a Methodist Church, but when they got there the doors were locked. So they went down the street to the Presbyterian Church. They remained Presbyterian for the rest of their lives.
In our reading this morning from the Gospel of John, the risen Jesus appears to the disciples. They were meeting behind locked doors for fear of the religious leaders who had crucified Jesus.

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God Will Complete the Story - April 5, 2015

Mark 16:1-8

Many years ago when I served the Toppenish United Methodist Church, we had a youth group come in from another church to lead our Vacation Bible School. Toppenish is in the Yakima Valley. It gets quite hot in the summer. The only place in the church that had cooling was the sanctuary which had a swamp cooler. That was where the group slept.
That swamp cooler had a very powerful fan – so powerful that it could suck open the double doors to the sanctuary.
One morning I came in to find the youth trembling in fear. Nobody had slept well. They were convinced there had been a ghost in the sanctuary that night. I explained they had most likely heard the fan pulling the doors open, but they insisted there had been a ghost. Some of them were too scared to even eat breakfast.
Fear is a dominant theme in the Gospel of Mark's telling of Jesus' resurrection. In just eight verses Mark uses three different words for fear. When the women go into the tomb and see a young man in white, they are alarmed. The Greek word is ekthambeo, and that is the same word the young man uses when he tells them not to be alarmed. His words were no more effective than my telling the youth they had heard the swamp cooler.
The women run out of the tomb, "for terror and amazement had seized them." This time the Greek word is tromos which means a trembling or quaking with fear. That's what those youth were doing in the middle of the night.

Read more: God Will Complete the Story - April 5, 2015

Crying Out To God - April 3, 2015 (Good Friday Meditation 1)

Mark 15:34

You may have noted that to come up with seven last words of Christ we have to pull from three different gospels. By the end of this service we will have read three texts from Luke, three from John, and one from Mark. The Mark text could also have come from Matthew. Pulling them all together is kind of like making a patchwork quilt. The script does not naturally flow from one to the other on its own. Taken together, however, the Gospels give us a rich look at Jesus' experience on the cross.

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Bed Time Prayers and Death Bed Prayers - April 3, 2015 (Good Friday Meditation 2)

Luke 23: 44-47

Have you ever thought about the words to lullabies and bed time prayers?
Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Then there's,
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

I did not grow up with bed time prayers, though I'm sure my mother sang lullabies to me, probably including Rock-a-bye baby. I've sung it to young children myself, but honestly, what was I thinking? These words are terrifying. It's a wonder children get any sleep at all.

Read more: Bed Time Prayers and Death Bed Prayers - April 3, 2015 (Good Friday Meditation 2)

Life Comes From Death - March 22, 2015

John 12:20-33

Death often seems to dominate the news. We hear about the gruesome executions of people which are conducted by terrorists like the Islamic State, about dozens killed by suicide bombers, of mass shootings here in our own country, and the suicide rate among veterans. Such deaths are tragic and hard for us to understand. We are revolted and horrified.
It is hard to get away from news about these awful deaths because their stories are played over and over on TV. They become fodder for endless discussions on social media. When we hosted the Community Vigil the day after the January 10th shootings, I lost track of the number of news crews who came, some from Boise or beyond. I welcomed them to the Vigil and I was glad to hear they were asked not to be present at the memorial services. There was a time and a place for publicity and a time and place for privacy.

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    Starting August 18th, 2019 Sunday Worship go back to our regular worship time at 10:30 am Sunday mornings.

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