Welcome happy morning and happy Easter! It is a joy to be together again on this Easter morning to hear the good news of the Gospel that Christ is risen and to hear it this morning in the version from the evangelist known as “Matthew.” Mathew’s version, unlike any of the other 3 Gospels in the Bible mentions an earthquake. The earth shakes as the angel of the Lord comes and rolls away the stone. The tomb is opened. Jesus is gone. Christ is risen. And that news has been shaking and quaking us ever since.
Our Book of Common Prayer calls this day by two names: The Sunday of the Passion and Palm Sunday. We begin with a Gospel reading about Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We begin with Gospel where the crowds shout Hosannah! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. We begin with palm […]
Sermon from the Rev. Joseph H. Hensley, Jr., rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church
Fredericksburg, VA | The Second Sunday in Lent, March 12, 2017
I’d like to begin by going back to that prayer we prayed at the beginning of the service, the collect; and we, sometimes I get asked, “Why is it called a collect?” It collects the themes of the day into one prayer and the theme today is love. Oh Lord, you have taught us that […]
Please sing with me: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” This is the Sunday to sing that song because Jesus says to his […]