Preachers, if you are still working on Holy Week sermons and reflections, you’re in good company — we’re 11th hour pros here at RevGalBlogPals! Here’s our Holy Week lectionary post that you can check out and comment on as you prep for worship.
For Easter preachers working with the Revised Common Lectionary, you have a plethora of scripture available to you this Sunday for telling the resurrection news. Here’s an overview of the texts:
+ I might dub Matthew 28:1-10, “Do not be afraid of the metaphor.” An angel was like lightening, its clothes were white as snow, the guards were like dead men. The good news: do not fear that our understanding of resurrection is imperfect and indirect, but with awe and joy, go and tell that Jesus is with us!
+ John 20:1-18 tells a “Lost and Found” story: Mary and the other disciples run back and forth to the tomb with the distress of disrupted mourning because of Jesus’ lost body. Mary hopes she might find the body when talking to the gardener/Jesus, but she is the one who is found (so to speak) when Jesus says her name.
+ Acts 10:34-43 offers a timely word of hope in this violent and othering world of ours: “No Partiality.” The good news crosses all boundaries and divisions. In every nation there are those who do what is right, in every generation there are witnesses to life, in every season there are prophets and healers, and we are called to & by this same good news.
+ If you use Acts 10, you might incorporate the admonition of Colossians 3:1-4, “Set your mind on things that are above,” that is, on the work and wisdom of God in Christ, on the pursuit of peace, and on the proclamation of grace.
+ Jeremiah 31:1-6 is the swaddling blanket of this Easter’s RCL texts, the Soft Kitty to comfort early morning fears at the tomb, “The Relief of Resurrection”: There will be rest for those fleeing violence, home for those in the wilderness, joy for those who are mourning, harvest where land was once devastated, and God will be God to all the people together.
+ Should you be struggling this year for your own resurrection or frustrated in your search for “new” good news to preach this Easter, consider simply reading Psalm 118:1-2 & 14-24 for your homily — each verse is practically its own sermon! “The LORD did not give me over to death” and “This is the day that the LORD has made” and “God’s steadfast love endures forever.” If nothing else, say that last one over & over & over again: “God’s steadfast love endures forever.”
Share your sermonizing ideas, your scriptural wonderings, your liturgical context, and more in the comments! And don’t miss the 11th Hour Preacher Party on Saturday where you can find colleagues sharing and discussing their last-minute Easter sermon prep.
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