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LCH Sermons—Easter 2013

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Pentecost—May 19, 2013

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 2:1–21 | Psalm 104:24–34, 35b | Romans 8:14–17 | John 14:8–27
Summary: The Holy Spirit is all around us. We may expect its manifestations to be flashy, but the real amazing thing is how the Spirit works in ways we don’t recognize. Jesus sent the Advocate to guide us in ways we cannot imagine. The work of the Spirit begins in prayer as we invite God into our lives, it continues in a posture of openness, and it works itself out in the actions of people gathered together in the church.

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Easter VII—May 12, 2013

Preacher: Pastor Angela Freeman
Lessons: Acts 16:16–34 | Psalm 112 | Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–21 | John 17:20–26
Summary: In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays that the disciples and all who hear the Good News may be one. This is a call not to be identical but to understand each other, work together, and be united in our diversity under our loving God. We are called to walk in the path of justice and mercy, that all creation may be reconciled.

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Easter VI—May 5, 2013

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 16:9–15 | Psalm 67 | Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5 | John 14:23–29
Summary: In today’s Gospel, Jesus says he will go away and send the Holy Spirit, and as a result everything changes In the first lesson, the Holy Spirit calls Paul to go to Macedonia. He never expected what happens to him there. At our recent Synod Assembly, we talked about the Holy Spirit leading us into a new understanding of creation. The Holy Spirit continues to work with us in ways we do not expect. The Holy Spirit fills our hands with God’s work for the healing of all creation.

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Easter V—April 28, 2013

Preacher: Pastor Angela Freeman
Lessons: Acts 11:1–18 | Psalm 148 | Revelation 21:1–6 | John 13:31–35
Summary: In the lesson from Acts, we see that there is no separations between people and that it is OK to change our position because the Spirit is alive and active in the world. The lesson from Revelation shows us that rather than us going up into heaven, the Holy City will come down to us and God will dwell with us. Transformation is the work of God, and we need open our hearts for the Spirit to transform our lives.

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Easter IV/eARTh Sunday (Earth Sunday and Faith & Arts Sunday)—April 21, 2013

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 9:36–43 | Psalm 23 | Revelation 7:9–17 | John 10:22–30
Summary: Pastor Jeff talks about Psalm 23 and how it applies to our lives in this modern world.

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Easter III—April 14, 2013

Preacher: Pastor Angela Freeman
Lessons: Acts 9:1–20 | Psalm 30 | Revelation 5:11–14 | John 21:1–19
Summary: Peter was a fisherman and probably came from a long line of fishermen. Then he met Jesus, and his life was changed. He saw miracles and witnessed the risen Christ. But in today’s Gospel he is back fishing. They catch nothing, a man appears on the beach, tells them to cast the net on the other side, and they catch lots of fish. Peter recognizes Jesus and goes to shore where Jesus asks if Peter loves him more than all these other things—even fishing. Jesus is telling Peter that his life has changed and that he has a life-long responsibility to proclaim the good news. It is not about how we fit Jesus into our lives but about how we fit our lives into Jesus’ call. Our challenge is to follow Jesus and show the love of God in Christ.

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Easter II—April 7, 2013

Lessons: Acts 5:27–32 | Psalm 118:14–29 | Revelation 1:4–8 | John 20:19–31

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Easter Sunday—March 31, 2013

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 10:34–43 | Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 | 1 Corinthians 15:19–26 | Luke 24:1–12
Summary: In all of the Gospel stories of the resurrection, the disciples never respond to the empty tomb with celebrations. Jesus had told them many times that he would die and rise, but they did not believe. Faith is not about the absence of doubt but about believing in what God is up to in the world. Even when they had seen the risen Christ, they were not completely certain, but they did understand that the resurrection had turned everything upside down. After all, if we cannot be certain of death, what is certain? We cannot explain the resurrection, but we see Jesus alive in our community and in each other. We see Jesus alive through the faith given to each of us.

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