Jarrod Johnston

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Name: Jarrod Johnston
Date registered: March 16, 2013
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  1. The Liturgy Nerd: Holy Wednesday 2014 — April 16, 2014
  2. The Liturgy Nerd: Holy Tuesday 2014 — April 15, 2014
  3. The Liturgy Nerd: Holy Monday 2014 — April 14, 2014
  4. The Liturgy Nerd: 7 Last Words – "My God, my God …" — March 28, 2014
  5. The Liturgy Nerd: 7 Last Words – "Woman, here is your son …" — March 20, 2014

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Apr 16 2014

The Liturgy Nerd: Holy Wednesday 2014

Original post at http://www.liturgynerd.com/2014/04/holy-wednesday-2014.html

Today's Gospel Reading - John 13:21-32

Announcement of the betrayal

After he said these things, Jesus was deeply disturbed and testified, “I assure you, one of you will betray me.”

His disciples looked at each other, confused about which of them he was talking about. One of the disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was at Jesus’ side. Simon Peter nodded at him to get him to ask Jesus who he was talking about. Leaning back toward Jesus, this disciple asked, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It’s the one to whom I will give this piece of bread once I have dipped into the bowl.” Then he dipped the piece of bread and gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son. After Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” No one sitting at the table understood why Jesus said this to him. Some thought that, since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus told him, “Go, buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. So when Judas took the bread, he left immediately. And it was night.

Love commandment

When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Human One has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify the Human One in himself and will glorify him immediately.

Let us pray:
Is it I?  Am I the one who betrays you?
Am I the one who doesn't notice the poor in our midst?  Or am I the one that does notice ... and does nothing.
Who sees starving children and does nothing.
Who sees those who are vulnerable around me and keeps going on my way.
How can I live a life that glorifies you, God? 
I need your help.

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Apr 15 2014

The Liturgy Nerd: Holy Tuesday 2014

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Today's Gospel Reading - John 12:20-36 - Jesus Teaches About His Death

Some Greeks were among those who had come up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and made a request: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” Philip told Andrew, and Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 
Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Human One to be glorified. I assure you that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their lives will lose them, and those who hate their lives in this world will keep them forever. Whoever serves me must follow me. Wherever I am, there my servant will also be. My Father will honor whoever serves me. 
“Now I am deeply troubled. What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. Father, glorify your name!” 
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 
The crowd standing there heard and said, “It’s thunder.” Others said, “An angel spoke to him.”
Jesus replied, “This voice wasn't for my benefit but for yours. Now is the time for judgment of this world. Now this world’s ruler will be thrown out. When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.” (He said this to show how he was going to die.) 
The crowd responded, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Human One must be lifted up? Who is this Human One?” 
Jesus replied, “The light is with you for only a little while. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn't overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness don’t know where they are going. As long as you have the light, believe in the light so that you might become people whose lives are determined by the light.” After Jesus said these things, he went away and hid from them.
Let us pray:
Majestic Jesus, shine a light in our hearts today as we walk with you towards the cross.  Can we give our lives over to you?  Can we walk the path that you've set before us?  Speak into our lives today, strengthen us to overcome the ways of this world that we might magnify your light for those around us.  Amen.

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Apr 14 2014

The Liturgy Nerd: Holy Monday 2014

Original post at http://www.liturgynerd.com/2014/04/holy-monday-2014.html

Today's Gospel reading - John 12:1-11 - Mary anoints Jesus’ feet

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, home of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  Lazarus and his sisters hosted a dinner for him. Martha served and Lazarus was among those who joined him at the table.  Then Mary took an extraordinary amount, almost three-quarters of a pound, of very expensive perfume made of pure nard. She anointed Jesus’ feet with it, then wiped his feet dry with her hair. The house was filled with the aroma of the perfume.  Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), complained,  “This perfume was worth a year’s wages! Why wasn't it sold and the money given to the poor?” ( He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would take what was in it.)
Then Jesus said, “Leave her alone. This perfume was to be used in preparation for my burial, and this is how she has used it.  You will always have the poor among you, but you won’t always have me.”
Many Jews learned that he was there. They came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  The chief priests decided that they would kill Lazarus too.  It was because of Lazarus that many of the Jews had deserted them and come to believe in Jesus. [CEB]

Let us pray:
Almighty God, the world tells us not to believe in miracles, that they can't be, that you can't be.  The world also tells us to look out for number one, to focus on our own gain.  God, help us to show the world that the miracles of Your Son were just a foreshadowing of glory divine.  Help us to show the world that the extravagant generosity of the life of Jesus, not an extravagant life focused on self, is the true call of Christ.  We seek a holy life, closer to you this week especially, as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the good of the world.  Amen.

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Mar 28 2014

The Liturgy Nerd: 7 Last Words – "My God, my God …"

Original post at http://www.liturgynerd.com/2014/03/7-last-words-my-god-my-god.html

Last week we continued our journey through the Passion Narratives of the four gospels with the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross.

We pick things up with Christ shouting to God, in pain.

It brings up questions of what the atonement of Christ means ... What does it mean that he died for us on the cross?  What is actually happening?  Which of course means we have to talk about the Chronicles of Narnia.

March 23, 2014 - Celebration from FUMC of Arlington on Vimeo.

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Mar 20 2014

The Liturgy Nerd: 7 Last Words – "Woman, here is your son …"

Original post at http://www.liturgynerd.com/2014/03/7-last-words-woman-here-is-your-son.html

For our 2014 season of Lent, our faith family is following the prescribed order for the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross, a special way of observing this season by drawing out the final words of Christ from across the Gospels.

I picked up the series with the third word, from the Gospel of John, "Woman, here is your son ... Son, here is your mother."

Who was Mary to Jon the Evangelist?  Who is the beloved disciple?  Why do they matter to John?

March 16, 2014 - Celebration from FUMC of Arlington on Vimeo.

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Mar 18 2014

The Liturgy Nerd: Millennials and the "Age of Individualism"

Original post at http://www.liturgynerd.com/2014/03/milliennials-and-age-of-individualism.html

As a young adult pastor (and as an an official YA by UMC standards for the next 3 years), I tend to soak up writing and research on millennial issues.  As we all probably should.  I find it fun to drop a little bit of new knowledge when I have the opportunity to go to one of our older adult Sunday School classes - and they eat it up.  Most of our classes have a real desire to figure a way forward for the church, seeing tangibly the way that young families, college students, and youth have drifted away from the church over time.

I drop in with the latest material from Barna, Pew Research, Relevant Magazine ... And they listen.  They want to know most of all how they can fix things as I'm the age of their children and grandchildren in some cases.  It's always a ton of fun to chat.

But where do I often meet resistance?  When I put the onus on the previous generation for the problems of the current one.

Case in point - this article The Age of Individualism, by NYTimes columnist Ross Douthat.  It's pretty cynical stuff, based on a fascinating report from the Pew Research Center that I dare everyone to read.

Douthat discusses the Millennial generation's penchant for going out on its own.  Becoming more and more individualistic.  No political party is good enough.  Being left wing and right wing at the same time.  Limited trust of leadership.  Not so much the marrying types.  Less patriotic.

It's all kind true, I guess.

But in a way it's super not.  We didn't just enter into an age of individualism - it's been here for a very long time.

Speaking as a Christian, the church is my chosen wheelhouse.  I'm not an expert at much, really.  But I do know this - the individualistic nature of the millennial generation (the 'me' generation as I hear it lovingly called in the church) is a learned behavior.

My faith is my faith.  I don't want you in my business.  Don't hold me accountable.  Tradition is trash.

Some millennials say these things.  Truly however, I can't speak for all millennials, we have no time for a faith that doesn't want to build community.  We have no time that's going to help us do anything that isn't going to help build a better community, better lives for others.  Among the young adults I'm in ministry with on a daily basis the term accountability is something that is longed for.

It's happening in spite of what our parents taught us.  I admit, however, that my parents have gone against the boomer grain - they didn't just go to church when I was a kid, they sought to be the church.  I am who I am very much because they are who they are.

If people want millennials to grow to be less individualistic, less about 'me', it starts with people not just saying this things, offering these bits of analysis.  It starts with conversation.  Conversation, communion, is a tradition that's being trashed.  Time to recycle.  

I'm not saying that the current crop of young adults is totally absolved of the sin of thinking that they can go it alone.  However, ministry happens in community, and community happens in outreach.


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