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The Rev. Mary Jane Cornell

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John 20:1-18

Easter - Year B

April 16, 2006

The Rev. Mary Jane Cornell (PCUSA)

This sermon was chosen as Day 1's Sermon of the Year in November 2005 on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.

When I was a child, our favorite playground was the cemetery. Our house was beside a church with graveyards next door and across the road. We spent hours playing hide and seek, walking the rock wall bordering the perimeter, making hideouts in the boxwoods. We did not intend any disrespect. As children we had not yet learned the hard rules of life and death, but through the years I've learned. This week is the 16th anniversary of the day I stood weeping in a cemetery as my mother was buried. Playing was the last thing on my mind.

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