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.

Re-membering – A Sermon On John 13:1-17, 31-35 For Maundy Thursday

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons What comes to mind when you think about Maundy Thursday?  Most of us probably think about the foot washing and the last supper. That’s certainly part of what happens on this night, and that’s the focus of tonight’s gospel (John 13:1-17, 31-35). But this night is also the night of the betrayal.  After washing the disciples’ feet (including the feet of Judas) Jesus “returned…

Coming Clean About Ourselves – A Sermon On John 13:1-17, 31-35

Here’s my question. What in you needs to come clean tonight? And what is your fear about that? This is not about whether you will wash someone’s feet or take off your shoes and socks and let your feet be washed. This is about your own sense of worthiness and whether you are enough.  I wonder if the question of worthiness is why more people will come to church on Good Friday than tonight. Maybe it’s why more people glory in the cross than the basin. We’re okay with Jesus dying for our sins but not okay with him washing our feet. I think the same reason lies behind both of those things: we don’t feel worthy.

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.…

Let’s Never Stop Loving – A Maundy Thursday Sermon On John 13:1-7, 31-35

Maundy Thursday - John 13:1-17, 31-35 The last couple of days I’ve been thinking of previous Maundy Thursdays and previous foot washings. There are no feet to wash tonight but I think there’s something to be learned from that.   One of the things that struck me as I thought about this night and this liturgy is that Maundy Thursday just might be the original liturgy of social distancing. Even when we are able to…

This Is Our Night – A Sermon On John 13:1-17, 31-35 For Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday - John 13:1-17, 31-35 “You will never wash my feet,” Peter says to Jesus. What’s that about? What’s going on with Peter?  I don’t know but I have a guess. I think it’s about more than having his feet washed. In fact, I don’t think it’s even about his feet. I think it’s about feeling vulnerable, exposed, and uncertain about taking his share in a new life. My guess is that there are…

The Table and Remembrance – A Sermon for Maundy Thursday

Think about a time when you gathered around the table in remembrance. Where was the table? Who was there? Who wasn't there? What was the conversation about? What was your remembrance as you gathered around that table?

Taking our Share with Jesus – A Sermon for Maundy Thursday on John 13:1-17, 31-35

I’ve now been here at St. Philip’s long enough that you probably know one of the things I emphasize in my teaching, preaching, and our life together is the movement from thinking to experience, the practice of living out of our hearts rather than our heads. My focus on this is as much for me as it is for you. I teach that because I struggle to live that, and I suspect you do to.…

A New Position and Role as Lover, John 13:1-17, 31-35

It’s not hard to imagine that after the supper fiasco in Bethany - Mary anointing Jesus’ feet, Judas’ outburst, and Jesus talking about his death - the disciples might have been looking forward to a quiet evening, just a regular supper, just some food and conversation. That’s how tonight’s supper began but that’s not how it will end. This night would be different. It would not be like the supper at Bethany. This time it…

Christ is Risen, Christos Anesti – A Collection of Holy Week Postings

Christos anesti ek nekron, thanato thanaton patisas, kai tis en tis mnimasi zoin harisamenos. Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. The following is a collection of postings from Holy Week: Holy Week, Love Week Palm Sunday - Emptying and Embodying Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in Holy Week - The Fragrance of Holy Week Maundy Thursday - All Are Loved, All Are Washed Maundy Thursday Honor Good Friday - Crucfixion, a…

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