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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

God Longs for Us

Luke 13:31-35

2nd Sunday in Lent - Year C

March 04, 2007

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

I will never forget that moment, seeing the Holy City Jerusalem for the first time. You approach Jerusalem by going up a hill, full of anticipation, wondering what it will be like, if it will live up to your expectations. Even in our modern time, you don't simply drive your way in as a pilgrim. You get out of your motorized vehicle and walk uphill to the point where you can finally see it. You pray the prayer that has been prayed by pilgrims ascending to that place for thousands of years: "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord.' Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity with itself. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you." My heart was full of emotion, my eyes full of tears.

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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

Seeking, Searching, Seeing

John 12:20-33

Fifth Sunday in Lent - Year B

April 02, 2006

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

"And the Greeks came to Philip and said to him, 'Sir, we wish to see Jesus.'"

What an honest, straightforward request this is, found at the beginning of the reading from John's Gospel, which we hear today on this fifth and final Sunday of Lent. It comes from some Greeks who are in Jerusalem for the festival. They approach one of the disciples of Jesus with this very specific request.

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