What’s The Story Of Your Easter? – A Sermon On John 21:1-19

Photo by Fredrik Öhlander on Unsplash I want to begin by asking a couple of questions about the Easter story. Here’s my first question. It’s pretty simple. If I asked you tell the Easter story, what would you say? How would you tell…

Sermons For Easter Sunday And Holy Week 2022

I often follow a thread or theme through Holy Week to Easter. This year I focused on self-betrayal, the ways in which we turn away from ourselves and our lives, and live less than who we truly are. It will be easier to see and follow that theme through these sermons if you begin with the Palm Sunday sermon. Thank you for reading and supporting Interrupting the Silence. Alleluia. Christ is risen.

Stop Believing In Easter And Start Eastering – An Easter Sermon On Luke 24:1-12

"Empty Tomb" by bobosh_t is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0. Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. Do you really believe that? Who believes today’s gospel (Luke 24:1-12) is true?  So let me ask you this, what makes this story true? I don’t think it’s true because the women “found the stone rolled away from the tomb.” And I don’t think it’s true because “they did not find the body.” And I don’t think it’s true…

Epiphany Proclamation Of Easter 2022

The ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter as well as other feasts and fasts that do not have a fixed date. Since the Epiphany is a fixed date feast (January 6) and also the last major fixed date feast before we enter the Easter cycle which is characterized by moveable dates, it was a convenient time to proclaim the date of Easter and other moveable feasts and fasts. The Proclamation,…

Here’s My Question – An Easter Sermon On Mark 16:1-18

Alleluia. Christ is risen. I wonder what that means for you today and why it matters. I don’t think we can understand what today really means apart from this past week. Without Holy Week we risk coming to this day and asking, “Risen from what?” We risk coming to this day believing it is only about Jesus’ resurrection and not our own. And what good is it to us if Jesus has been raised but we have not?

Epiphany Proclamation Of Easter 2021

The ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter as well as other feasts and fasts that do not have a fixed date. Since the Epiphany is a fixed date feast (January 6) and also the last major fixed date feast before we enter the Easter cycle which is characterized by moveable dates, it was a convenient time to proclaim the date of Easter and other moveable feasts and fasts. The Proclamation,…

Recentering Life – A Sermon On John 14:1-14

Spoken or unspoken, I think there’s a question every troubled heart is asking. Will the center hold or is everything collapsing around us? That’s my question and maybe it’s your question too. I think it’s one many are asking. And today Jesus answers, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

The Question of Reopening – A Sermon on Psalm 23 and John 10:1-10

Jesus says that he is the gate. Gates open and close. Gates keep sheep in, and thieves and bandits out. Gates close to death and open to life. I’m attracted to the gate metaphor because it fits what is happening in our country, our state, our town, your life and my life. I’m talking about reopening.

Easter Unlocked And Opened – A Sermon On John 20:19-31

The Second Sunday of Easter - John 20:19-31 By 22Kartika - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons Every year I come to this day - the Second Sunday of Easter - and I wonder what difference last Sunday - Easter Sunday - has made. Are our lives and world different because of Easter and, if so, how and in what ways? Look around. What do you see? Has your life changed? Are you living…

Holy Week And Easter In The Season Of COVID-19

Whether it is the four seasons of the year or the seven seasons of the liturgical year, each season is a lens through which we see and experience life. Each season offers a unique perspective on life, highlights certain events, and emphasizes particular activities. This year, in addition to the usual and familiar seasons, there has been another season, the Season of COVID-19. It has changed the way we see the world, others, and ourselves.…

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