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Easter 7

Rev. Doug Floyd Easter 7Rev. Doug FloydJohn 17 Today’s Gospel marks the end of the last supper. Jesus has been preparing his disciples to live as lovers and follow in the call upon them. Today he prays for them after his departure. We’re reading this after the Ascension, which was last Thursday evening. That event sets a context for our reflection. Ascension…

Easter 6

Peter Van Peborgh Peter Van PeborghEaster 6 2024Philippians 4:4-9 I’ve known Doug for a few years. And I foolishly contacted him and said, “Hey, I’m going to be in Knoxville and am coming to your church.” Next thing I know, he sent me a message saying, “Hey, can you preach?” So you’ve already got him to blame for what happens this morning.…

Easter 5

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Easter 5 2024Rev. Dr. Les MartinActs 8:26–40, John 14:15-21 This Easter, we have been looking at the transformed understanding of the disciples brought about by the encounter with presence of and teaching of the risen Jesus in their midst. This transformation turns frightened followers into apostles, witnesses of Jesus who are sent out on mission and turn simple…

Easter 4 – Barnabas

Easter 4 2024Rev. Doug FloydActs 4:23-37 Peter and John have been released by the Sanhedrin. They return to the community of believers in Jerusalem. The whole community joins together in prayer, asking God for boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and God’s blessing to stretch out His hand to heal and reveal signs and wonders that glorify His name. As they are praying,…

Easter 3

Easter 3Rev. Doug Floyd1 John 1:1-2:2 During this Eastertide, I am reflecting on how the Apostles were changed after the Resurrection and after Pentecost in particular. The story begins on the day Jesus rises from the dead. We find the disciples behind a locked door, hiding in fear of the Jews. Last week, our readings pointed to Peter. Jesus suddenly stands amid…

Easter 2

Easter 2, 2024Rev. Doug FloydActs 3:12, 13-15,17-26; John 20:19-31 The disciples are huddled behind a locked door for fear of the Jews. Suddenly Jesus stands in their midst, saying “Peace be with you.” He tells these frail and fearful disciples that He is sending them out. They are His witnesses. Jump ahead seven weeks and these same frail and fearful disciples are…

Easter – Resurrection Day

Easter 2024Rev. Dr. Les MartinMark 16:1-8 In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. They were afraid. It doesn’t sound like much of an Easter message. The Gospel we have today is the traditional reading for Easter in the old western lectionary. But honestly, it just doesn’t seem to have much of an Easter…

Ascending and Descending in Christ

Maundy Thursday – Descending and Ascending in Christ Doug FloydJohn 13 God is kneeling.before a man who will betray him to his enemies.before men who will deny him and forsake him. The High and Holy One descends to the misery of broken people with broken hearts and broken lives, who keep on breaking His glorious creation. Jesus descends into the mess and…

Palm Sunday

Rev. Doug Floyd Palm SundayRev. Doug FloydMark 15:1-39 Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. The Gospel today is sort of an overture for the whole week. The lectionary gives us the option of reading a shorter reading that includes Mark 15:1-39. If we choose the longer reading, we begin in Mark 14 and continue through vs 47 of 15. This reading…