Overwhelmed For the Overwhelmed

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | Matthew 28:1-10

To be overwhelmed is to be human, this is undeniable. Yet what do we do when we are overwhelmed? Where is God in our drowning? The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is pointed, very intimately, at our overwhelmed state. Join Peet Dickinson as takes us to the cross and empty tomb to see the Creator of all taking on the whelming flood for us.

Proclaim the Lord’s Death Until He Comes

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-15

Maundy Thursday presents itself with a wealth of evocative images, which can make preaching on it difficult. Nonetheless, the institution of the Lord’s Supper, where we are exhorted to “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes,” provides us with the centering motif. Join Peet Dickinson as he remembers the Lord who feeds his disciples, washes their feet, and gives himself to death for their sake and for ours. Love bids us welcome.

The Great Surprise

The Rev. Patrick Schlabs | Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Surprises are often a good thing, but when they run counter to expectations, they can quickly turn sour. The people of Israel were expecting a deliverer, and the surprise of Jesus presented a sudden solution to Roman oppression. This surprise reaches its climax at Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem, yet how does the following week turn sour, and what does this reveal about Israel’s broken expectations? Join Patrick Schlabs as he walks through Jerusalem’s gate and encounters the great surprise of history.

The Grace-Based Identity

The Rev. Rob Sturdy | Psalm 51

Our lives have two sides: our public performance and our private backstage. Whereas our outward life is a presentation of our best, our hidden life is the place of our shame. How do we deal with this hidden life? How do we keep it from consuming us entire? Psalm 51 is an external depiction of this internal struggle, one specific to King David in the aftermath of dire sin. Join Rob Sturdy as he pulls back the curtain on the hidden life, enters the struggle of the psalm, and finds within the promise of God’s grace.

The Nourished Identity

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | John 6:1-15

Bread is good, yet it cannot fully satisfy on its own. When Jesus feeds the 5,000 on the mountainside, the point of this miraculous sign is not the feeding itself, but the deeper reality of Jesus’ own identity: he is the Bread of Life. What does this mean, and how do we get it wrong? How does Jesus nourish the human soul? Join Peet Dickinson as he reviews this familiar image, ferrets out its strange resonances, and finds in Jesus the very source of life.

The Resurrected Identity

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | Romans 7:12-25

The difference between animation and live-action in film is infinitely wide, yet in our suspension of disbelief can be uncannily similar. Likewise, true life in God and a captive life in sin can seem similar, and yet are utterly different. In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul writes on the struggle between his godly desire and his sin. What resolution can come from this conflict? Is there any hope in his “body of death”? Join Peet Dickinson as he considers Paul’s thought, and finds hope in the God who gives us a resurrection identity.