A circle of friends on pilgrimage for the love of God

Ascension of Jesus Christ

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Ascension 2023Rev. Dr. Les MartinLuke 24:44–53 In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Amen. Isaiah is five weeks of age and I already don’t know my son. For the first two weeks right after his birth and then when we were back in the hospital, yes, I knew almost…

Abide in Christ

Easter 6 2023Rev. Doug FloydJohn 15:1-17 The air is filled with tension. Jesus has been talking with the disciples about going away. Judas left the meal abruptly and Jesus spoke of betrayal. Peter, their bold leader, was told he would deny Jesus. The disciples are confused and troubled. Jesus is saying things the disciples cannot fully grasp. Twice He tells the disciples…

The Good Shepherd

Rev. Doug Floyd Easter 4 2023Rev. Doug FloydPsalm 23, John 10:1-10 Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”[1]He fulfills the role of shepherd for His people. He fulfills this role by laying down His life for the sheep. As the good shepherd, the true leader, He sacrifices Himself to rescue His wandering…

Easter 3 – Meeting Jesus

Easter 3 2023Rev. Dr. Les MartinLuke 24:13–35 One of the interesting things about moving back to this region after all these years away, I’ve now spent more of my life outside of East Tennessee than I did here, even though I grew up here. And one of the particularly interesting things about moving to this side of town is I have occasion…

Easter 2 – Unfolding Faith

Rev. Doug Floyd Easter 2Rev. Doug FloydJohn 20 Our story begins in the dark. The characters, Mary Magdalene, Peter, John, Thomas, are in the dark. They understand what is happening. They struggle with fear and doubt and sadness. The light that overcomes the darkness has already begun to rise. Mary arrives at the tomb of Jesus in the dark. She sees the…

Easter

Rev. Doug Floyd Easter 2023Rev. Doug FloydMatthew 28:1-10 I read an Epiphany poem this week that spoke to me deeply about our Easter celebration. This is Epiphany poem by George Mackay Brown. Epiphany Poem The red kingCame to a great water. He said,Here the journey ends.No keel or skipper on this shore. The yellow kingHalted under a hill. He said,Turn the camels…

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday 2023Rev. Dr. Les MartinJohn 13:1-5 In the name of the living God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, amen. During the years that Kate and I lived in Nigeria, there was a story that often repeated itself. Sometimes at the market, sometimes at the bank, sometimes in a government queue. We’d be waiting patiently and a man, it was almost…

Annunciation

AnnunciationRev. Doug FloydIsaiah 7:10-14, Luke 1:46-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel suddenly appears to Mary with the word, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” [1] This moment is charged with glory and holy terror, and the angel immediately calms Mary with the words, “Do not fear for you have found favor with God.” Before Mary can say a word,…