This Godforsaken Place

New Hope UMC pastor Abby Norman delivers our Good Friday sermon for 2018. Abby draws from David’s lament in Psalm 22 (repeated by Christ on the cross), to remind us that in our lowest points, God is already with us. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?     Why are you so far from […]

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The Humble, Peaceable, Ironic Entry

Eastside Church’s Revered Timothy Lloyd preaches from the Lectionary’s Palm Passion Sunday reading today – the story of Jesus’s so-called triumphal entry into Jerusalem. If we look closely at the story, it’s not triumph but humility that we find. “When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent […]

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Disciples Under Construction

Eastside member George Howard delivers this Sunday’s sermon on our Lectionary reading in John 12:20-33. Here John relates one of Jesus’s powerful teachings about transformation, and George ties it back to the disciples’ life of imperfect (but ongoing) growth and rebirth. “Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They […]

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Eastside Church’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd preaches from John 3:1-21, Jesus’s famous meeting with the Pharisee Nicodemus and the source of the phrase “born again.” Jesus uses Scripture in this passage to suggest a new, “born again” way of understanding God. What ideas of God should we revisit, revise, or even leave behind so we can […]

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Jesus and the Temple

Eastside Church’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd preaches today’s Lent sermon on Jesus’ cleansing of corruption from the Temple in John 2:13-25. We look at the history of the Temple and how Jesus brought about a change: the “tabernacling” of God with man through Christ and the Church. “The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus […]

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Take Up Your Cross

Eastside Church’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd delivers today’s Lent sermon on Jesus’s call to disciples: take up your cross and follow. What does it mean for 21st century Christians to do that? What does a sacrificial Christianity look like for us? “Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the […]

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In the Wilderness

Eastside Church’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd preaches a Lent sermon on today’s scripture reading from Mark 1:9-15. We are surrounded by reminders of the corruption of the original goodness of creation. But we aren’t without hope. We are called during Lent and beyond to  face a wilderness world with the Gospel. Like Jesus, we can reject […]

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Eastside Church’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd teaches from our last Epiphany lectionary reading of the year, the story of Jesus’s Transfiguration as told in Mark 9:2-13. How did this “mountaintop experience” impact the disciples on the road to Jesus’s suffering? Our own experiences of God require us to leave our routine existence for the journey up […]

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Serve, Heal, Pray

What did Jesus’s ministry look like? Today’s lectionary reading form Mark 1:29-39 gives us a glimpse of how Jesus (and later, his disciples) incorporated service, healing, and prayer into the work of God’s kingdom. “As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was […]

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