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Easter Sunday — Sanctuary

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We are here on Easter morning to celebrate the miracle of the Resurrection – the Empty Tomb.  Do you believe in miracles?  Does the resurrection miracle mean anything to us today?  Is it only a story, or does the impact of this miracle still resonate for us even today?  Life for the disciples was bleak and scary […]

Good Friday Tenebrae Service — Sanctuary

Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.  The service of Tenebrae (the name means ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’) is a Holy Week devotion which traces its roots back to the seventh century.  It is characterized by the gradual darkening of the Sanctuary as candles are extinguished throughout the service.  […]

The Miracles of Jesus: Jesus Walks on Water – Sanctuary

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As we approach Holy Week, our miracle for this Sunday is ‘Jesus Walks on the Water,’ titled ‘Keep Your Eyes on Jesus.’  Rev. Schafer reminded us that water is one of God’s greatest gifts, although we don’t always think too much about it.  Water quenches our thirst, it cleanses us when we shower or bathe, […]

The Miracles of Jesus: Jesus Heals the Blind Man – Sanctuary

As we look at the third of the healing miracles shown in John’s gospel, we look at the healing of the man born blind.  This miracle was a creative miracle.  The mud – the dust of the earth – was used to create a new life for this man.  His sight had to literally be created before the […]

The Miracles of Jesus: Feeding the 5,000 – Sanctuary

This Sunday, we look at the only miracle to appear in all four gospels – the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000.  It is interesting that it begins with Jesus pressing his disciples to come up with a solution to feeding 5,000+ people.  The solution, 5 small, dinner-roll-sized loaves and 2 small sardine-sized fish, wasn’t a […]

The Miracles of Jesus: Healing the Man by the Pool – Sanctuary

As we continue with our look at the Miracles of Jesus, today we look at the story of the man whom Jesus healed beside the pool of Bethesda. This man had lain there for many years without being healed by the waters of the pool.  He had basically given up on being healed.  But actively […]

The Miracles of Jesus: Jesus Heals the Official’s Son – Sanctuary

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As we look at ‘Signs and Miracles‘ — the second of Jesus’ miracles as shown in the book of John, we look at the first of three healing miracles.  Even today, people hearing about the miracles are skeptical.  People don’t really believe in miracles.  Even this father, a high official, went to Jesus out of […]

The Miracles of Jesus: Water into Wine — Sanctuary

We are starting a new Lenten sermon series on the miracles of Jesus.  This first installment, Water into Wine, coincides with our annual Community Ash Wednesday Service that we share with the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth.  On this night, Rev. Linda Cochran shared with us that the Apostle John uses this first miracle to […]