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Meeting Mystery: an Easter sermon

by Richard on March 30, 2013

Kim’s Easter sermon
The resurrection of Jesus, however, puts an end to all such self-serving manipulation of God. For note well: the resurrection of Jesus is fundamentally a message about God. “Jesus is alive!” doesn’t quite capture this significance. “Christ is risen!”, because God raised him, does. The subject of the resurrection is God. Indeed Karl [...]

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Cheesus saves?

by Richard on March 23, 2013

Source: dudelol.com via Richard on Pinterest

 
 
There’s been a bit of a stir in my twitter feed about Giles Fraser’s latest Guardian column which appears under the headline “I bang my head against the wall when evangelicals turn Jesus into Cheesus”
Once again, the evangelicals are in the ascendency in the Church of England. Rowan Williams never [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 8, 2012

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, [...]

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An Easter meditation

by Richard on April 25, 2011

Will Willimon : God comes to us
The Resurrection is a sign that Jesus is determined to give back the whole world to God, including you. He will stoop at nothing, even a cross, even allowing you to make a crude poke in his side, to get to you. So, if you’re having trouble believing in [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 24, 2011

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, [...]

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“The resurrection is in part about the sheer toughness and persistence of God’s love. When we have done our worst, God remains God - and remains committed to being our God. God was God even while God in human flesh was dying in anguish on the cross; God is God now in the [...]

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Alive to God

by Richard on April 4, 2010

The Kneeler
Christ is alive!
In spite of pain, in spite of suffering, in spite of the violence hatred and fear that tried to kill the love he wanted to share with us – Christ is alive. The empty tomb stands as silent witness to the failure of death to keep the truth of life buried.
Christ is [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 4, 2010

Our Lord is risen from the dead!
Our Jesus is gone up on high!
The powers of hell are captive led,
Dragged to the portals of the sky.
There his triumphal chariot waits,
And angels chant the solemn lay:
Lift up your heads, you heavenly gates;
You everlasting doors, give way!
Loose all your bars of massy light,
And wide unfold the ethereal scene;
He [...]

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The real meaning of Easter

by Richard on April 1, 2010

As a marketing opportunity of course. So says Rick Warren : Use Easter to Break a Growth Barrier
Leverage the day. Make sure you’re putting your best foot forward that weekend. Promote Easter as much as possible and then make sure you’re ready for the people when they come.
Also, give people something for their heart, for [...]

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A Resurrection sermon

by Richard on April 14, 2009

by Kim Fabricius
Sceptics who argue that the tomb was empty because Jesus hadn’t actually died, or because the disciples had stolen the body, but also liberal Christians who argue that there probably was no tomb, that the body of Jesus was dumped in a common grave, and that even if there were a tomb it [...]

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Stop trivialising Easter

by Richard on April 12, 2009

Tom Wright :: Times Online:
Easter was the pilot project. What God did for Jesus that explosive morning is what He intends to do for the whole creation. We who live in the interval between Jesus’s Resurrection and the final rescue and transformation of the whole world are called to be new-creation people here and now. [...]

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Easter sunrise

by Richard on April 12, 2009

I’ve been in the habit for the last several years of leading a sunrise service on Easter Sunday morning. Gathering with friends on the beach in Swansea Bay has become very special to me and I knew I’d miss it this year.
I still got to conduct Easter sunrise, though - but in a very [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 12, 2009

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, [...]

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“Easter” by George Herbert

by Kim on April 12, 2009

I got me flowers to straw Thy way,
I got me boughs off many a tree;
But Thou was up by break of day,
And brought’st Thy sweets along with Thee.
The sunne arising in the East,
Though he gave light, and th’ East perfume,
If they should offer to contest
With Thy arising, they presume.
Can there be any day but this,
Though [...]

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In his Easter message the Revd Stephen Poxon, President of the Methodist Conference, speaks of the emotions of Easter and a hope that never dies.
Easter Emotions
“Life is full of thrills…..some come unexpectedly whilst others we go looking for, perhaps on the latest ride at the theme park or fun fair….the thrill of being thrown around, [...]

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Rowan Williams’ Reflections on Easter

by Richard on April 8, 2009

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Easter Vigil: the missing service

by Richard on March 25, 2008

I had to change my plans at our overnight vigil when I discovered that I hadn’t burned the right file onto the CD. We had the Proclamation of the Cross at 10:30, Sarah led us into the night at midnight, and I’d intended to lead a re-telling of the Passion at 2am. I still could’ve, [...]

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Believing in resurrection

by Richard on March 24, 2008

A little gem from Will Willimon
Since Jesus Christ is raised, let loose, invading a world, returning to the very people who betrayed him, then we work not alone. The risen Christ goes before us. We serve a God who lives to raise the dead–even us. Therefore, we work with hope–not hope in ourselves and our [...]

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Easter vigil :: walking into the night

by Richard on March 23, 2008

The Easter vigil was punctuated by specific acts of gathering for prayer. We began with a liturgy at 10:30pm, then gathered again at midnight, 2am and 4am. Sarah wrote this for our midnight gathering, and she has agreed for me to share it.

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Easter Vigil

by Richard on March 23, 2008

I’ve had a blessed start to Easter this year. As has become traditional in Sketty, a small group of us kept vigil in church during the night sharing in prayer and fellowship. We began at 10.30pm and met with others on the beach for a short sunrise service around a roaring fire. The sun didn’t [...]

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