Apr 17 2014

Pastor Darian's Musings: In Between: A Poem for Holy Thursday

And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.”
Matthew 26:39 (New Revised Standard Version)

There’s a semi-colon
In the middle of your prayer.

How long did that pause last
In between
Your plea for mercy
And your sigh of acceptance?

Facedown,
Did the deep groan
Of your troubled breath
Rumble the ground,
Rattle the sleep
Of your slumbering friends?

Did your nails claw the ground?

Did your knees bleed?

How many shallow breaths
Did you draw
Before you could speak again?

Was there bloody mud on your forehead
When you rose from the ground?

Could you taste the earth
On your lips?

In between
The falling and the rising,
In between
The “if” and the “yet”
You strap struggle on your back
You load anguish on your shoulders
You gather sin in your hands
You clamp your feet in shackles.

Your weary voice stirs us,
Wrestles us,
Pauses us:
“Will you go with Me
Into the in-between
Of this dark night
And a distant dawn?”

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Apr 17 2014

One Mile Mosser: Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit

April 13, 2014 – Sanctuary from FUMC of Arlington on Vimeo.Dr. David N. Mosser’s sermon “Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit” from April 13, 2014.Sermon transcript available for download here.

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Apr 17 2014

David F. Watson: Preaching Atonement

“In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us” (2 Cor 5:19). This is one of the most well known passages of Christian scripture. It is also one of the most puzzled-over. Atonement is a particularly knotty theological matter. While the…

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Apr 17 2014

In The Neighborhood of Holy: Dinner Guests

The word “maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum which forms the basis of mandate. Maundy Thursday highlights the mandate given to us by Jesus to love one another as he has loved us (John 13:34). The events of that final evening Jesus had with his disciples before his death carry with them…

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Apr 17 2014

the unlikely orange: maundy thursday, 2014

today is maundy thursday. maundy is a derivation of the latin word, mandatum, which means commandment.  today is so called “commandment thursday” because we remember the final supper jesus had with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion, …

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Apr 17 2014

thoughtfulpastor: I Would Have Cut and Run As Well

I would have cut and run as well. I would have run into that darkness to save my body, not caring that I was leaving behind my soul. You see, before anyone saw the light and bright of Easter Sunday, darkness prevailed. Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem probably led many to hope, “Now, someone will…

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