Words for the Week – April 25, 2019

Tonight, a local Muslim Community called Make Space is hosting an interfaith prayer vigil for Sri Lanka and for peace between religions.  All are welcome. 

Last Sunday, Easter, my sermon focused on the phrase “while it was still dark.”

While it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb.  Christians are called to muster hope even when the world seems dark.  As the quote goes, “hope means believing despite the evidence and then watching the evidence change.”*

But sometimes hope is impossible, even for the most faithful people.  The most important thing about Easter isn’t that we can find hope in the darkness, but that even when we have no hope left, God is at work.

While it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb expecting sorrow and grief.  Instead she found Jesus because while it was still dark, God raised Jesus from the dead.

Listen to the sermon here.

This week, we will hear the story of the disciple Thomas who didn’t believe in Jesus’ resurrection until he’d seen him in person.  For a week, the disciples lived together with this basic conflict: some believed in the resurrection and at least one didn’t.  For me, this raises a great possibility: we can live together with variety of beliefs, trusting that somehow, eventually, the mysteries of our faith will be resolved.

Be at Peace,

Pastor Sarah

*I don’t know who first said those wise words but I first heard them from Jim Wallis.