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Reverend  Dr. Jody Moore

Sermon Series for April 2017

Rev. Dr. Jody Moore


April 2: Lamentations 1:1-6 and 3:19-26.  Lamentations contains prayers of lament for the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians.  These texts offer some of the most honest and poignant laments in the entire Bible.  There are times in life that we have heavy hearts and Lamentations helps express those spiritual longings.  As people of faith, we cry out to the Lord for healing and reconciliation.  


April 9: (Palm Sunday).  Philippians 2:5-11.  On this Palm Sunday, we will hear Paul’s teachings about what makes Jesus Christ so great, which is Christ’s willingness to humble himself, take the form of a slave, and serve humanity through his life and ministry.  We see Jesus’ greatness most clearly in his choice to suffer and die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.  As we look toward Holy Week and Easter, we will give thanks for Jesus’ greatness, his sacrificial love, and his humility.  


April 13: (Maundy Thursday). John 13:1-17, 31-35. We will hear the story of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.  Jesus knows that he is preparing to hang on a cross and die for our sake and yet in that moment he serves, not himself, but his disciples.  Jesus humbly gets on his knees and washes his disciples’ feet and he commands us to do the same.  For Maundy Thursday, our church family will gather in the fellowship hall for dinner, a worship service, and the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  


April 16: (Easter Sunday). Matthew 28:1-10: Through the witness of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, Matthew tells us about the event that changed the course of human history: not even the grave can keep Jesus captive.  The resurrected Christ appears to his amazed followers on the third day after his crucifixion.  Jesus’ victory shows us that God is stronger than even death!


April 23: John 20:19-31: Thomas has doubts about whether Jesus has been resurrected because he was initially not able to see Jesus and feel his wounds. Doubts are part of the life of faith. Jesus has compassion for Thomas and invites him to feel the nail marks in his hands. Jesus also longs for us to bring our doubts to him so he can assist us.


April 30: Matthew 28:16-20: As Jesus is preparing to leave his disciples, he offers them the Great Commission, their charge to make disciples of all nations.  We as Christians are sent to share the Good News, but unfortunately there are many examples of Christians who have tried to gain new converts in thoughtless and insensitive ways.  How can we share our faith with confidence, kindness, and sensitivity?   




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