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May 16, 2021

 

John 17: 11b – 19

 

“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.  While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me.  I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just I am not of the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

 

 

 

 

 

Seventh Sunday Of Easter: “My Joy” (link with be active Sunday / May 16 in the afternoon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 9, 2021

 

John 15: 9 – 17

 

  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, and that your joy may be full.

 

  This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”

 

Sixth Sunday Of Easter: "Love One Another"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2, 2021

 

John 15: 1 – 8

 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.  Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday Of Sunday Sermon: "Abide"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 25, 2021

John 10: 11 – 18

 

“I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep that are not of this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.  So there will be one flock, one shepherd.  For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again.  This charge I have received from my Father.”

 

 

 

Fourth Sunday After Easter Sermon:  “Our Good Shepherd”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 18, 2021

Luke 24:  36 – 49

 

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

 

  As they were talking about these things, Jesus Himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. “Why are you troubled and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  See my hands and feed, that it is I myself.  Touch me, and see.  For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”    And when He had said this He showed them His hands and feet. 

 

  And while they were disbelieving for joy and were marveling, He said to them, “Have you anything to eat?”  They gave Him a piece of broiled fish and He took it and ate before them.

 

  Then He said to them, “These are the words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 

 

  Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

 

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday After Easter Sermon: “Flesh And Blood”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2021

John 20: 19 – 31

 

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

 

  On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews.  Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them.  “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

 

Jesus and Thomas

 

  Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.  But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.

 

  Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.  Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side.  Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me?”  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

The Purpose of This Book

 

  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday After Easter: "Peace Be With You"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 4, 2021

Mark 16: 1 – 8

 

The Resurrection

 

  When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back – it was very large.  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified.  He has risen; He is not here.  See the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee.  There you will see Him, just as He told you.”

 

  And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

 

 

Resurrection Sunday 2021 Sermon: "Keep Your Eyes On The Resurrection"