Sermons and Talks

Tuesday in Holy Week – April 7, 2020

Here we are, together in isolation on this Tuesday in Holy Week. Holy Week, in the Christian church, is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. It is a week that is to be observed with special solemnity as a time of devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ. In the Greek and Roman liturgical books, it is called the Great Week because great deeds were done by God during this week. In the McCausland’s Order of Divine Service for the Anglican Church of Canada, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Holy Week, are noted as “days of discipline and self-denial.” This is not to suggest that we ignore or neglect ourselves. Rather these days are set apart so that we may first and foremostgive ourselves to God fully – in all that we do, and in all that we are. Now, more than ever we need to see through eyes of faith, the great deeds that God is doing now, today. Today Jesus shows us that though we, as humans, suffer anguish, despair, fear, sickness and death, God works in and through such difficult times in order to redeem and reconcile us to God our Creator. The pandemic we are enduring now, is no exception. 

To help us along in this most unusual Holy Week, I will be offering Biblical passages and prayers that I hope will inspire us to focus intently on God, and all the great things that God is doing – especially in times of trouble. Recorded videos will be uploaded to the All Saints website for Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and possibly Holy Saturday.

Even in isolation, we journey together in Holy Week, as we grow ever closer to the new life that awaits us all in Christ Jesus.

With every Blessing,

Elizabeth+

 John 12:20-36

Some Foreigners Wish to See Jesus

 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.

Jesus Speaks about His Death

 ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, ‘We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains for ever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?’ Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

 Lord God,

The message of the cross is difficult to take.
How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?

Yet your word says that Jesus, being God,
Took on human flesh
And suffered the worst kind of death.
How can this be?

This message is indeed difficult to take.
But your foolishness is wiser than our wisdom.
Your weakness is greater than our strength.
Help us to know that none of us can boast before you.

It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast.
In his name, we ask you to help our unbelief.
That we may love you, and walk in the way Jesus taught us.
In his name,

Amen.