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This Is the Night: A Sermon for Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

The Rev. Peter Wallace

A Sermon for Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

TEXTS:

Genesis 1:1-2, 4a

Exodus 14:10-31, 15: 20-21

Isaiah 55:1-11

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Zephaniah 3:14-20

 

Have you ever found yourself in complete, total darkness? The kind where you can't see your hand in front of your face? It can be a terrifying place.

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The Rev. Frederick Buechner

Good Friday

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD," John writes, "that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." That is to say that God so loved the world that he gave his only son even to this obscene horror; so loved the world that in some ultimately indescribable way and at some ultimately immeasurable cost he gave the world himself. Out of this terrible death, John says, came eternal life not just in the sense of resurrection to life after death but in the sense of life so precious even this side of death that to live it is to stand with one foot already in eternity. To participate in the sacrificial life and death of Jesus Christ is to live already in his kingdom. This is the essence of the Christian message, the heart of the Good News, and it is why the cross has become the chief Christian symbol. A cross of all things-a guillotine, a gallows-but the cross at the same time as the crossroads of eternity and time, as the place where such a mighty heart was broken that the healing power of God himself could flow through it into a sick and broken world. It was for this reason that of all the possible words they could have used to describe the day of his death, the word they settled on was "good." Good Friday.

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Palm Sunday reminds us of the conundrum of the human experience and the beauty of Jesus' sacrifice, the decision to love us to death. Even in the midst of betrayal, tribulation, and anxiety, Jesus chose to move forward with the fulfillment of Scripture that testifies of himself. Friends are important on this side of heaven, but Jesus is the most important, most faithful friend any of us will ever have.
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April 14, 2014

Weekly Sermon Illustration: They Tell It In Whispers

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 20, 2014 we will celebrate Easter Sunday.
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April 11, 2014

Even Though We Don't Recognize Him

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In this dark world where you and I see so little because of our unrecognizing eyes, he, whose eye is on the sparrow, sees each one of us as the child in red.
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April 07, 2014

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Judas

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 13, 2014 we will celebrate Palm Sunday.
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April 04, 2014

Buechner on Preaching - An Audio Recording

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In this audio interview Frederick Buechner discusses preaching and delivers the sermon "What Are We Going To Be?"
The Rev. Dr. Tripp Martin Article

April 02, 2014

A New Name

The Rev. Dr. Tripp Martin (CBF)

Listening for the Spirit of God, as we are given a new name and sent out on our journeys, is life-giving, but also overwhelming.
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Weekly Sermon Illustration: Lazarus

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 6, 2014 we will celebrate The Fifth Sunday in Lent.
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March 31, 2014

A Letter from Ukraine

United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (UMC)

Read a letter from missionary John Calhoun, who offers an update on the political crisis in the Ukraine. Calhoun serves in Kiev (Kyiv)in ministry with the United Methodist Church in Ukraine.