John 20:19-31 (click to display NIV text)
April 15, 2012
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

I like the Sunday after Easter Sunday. It gives a different perspective on the resurrection of Jesus. Fewer people come to church, it is quieter, there are lower expectations about what the service will be, and there is less to prepare. We have no children’s chorus today, no sanctuary brass, no video, and the lilies are somewhat diminished. But we proclaim the same message:

The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed! Read more

Mark 16:1-8 (click to display NIV text)
April 8, 2012: Easter Sunday
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

The angel speaks to the women in the tomb: “Don’t be afraid, you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.” Read more