Believe – Br. David Vryhof

Eastertide Preaching Series: A World Turned Upside Down

Acts 2:29-42 (or 49)
Psalm 34
John 20:24-31

This is the final sermon in a five-part series we have offered here at the monastery during Eastertide.  Throughout this series, we have sought to offer hope by examining the experience of resurrection in the early Christian community, as recorded in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, and by applying its lessons to our own time.  Each sermon has focused on a key word.  Tonight the key word is “believe.”

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Moon Gazing – Br. James Koester

Eastertide Preaching Series: A World Turned Upside Down

We continue tonight our five part sermon series entitled “A World Turned Upside-down” in which each week a different brother looks at the mystery of the resurrection through the lens of a single word or image and how that word, like the preaching of the apostle Paul and his companion Silas in Thessalonica has the effect of turning our own world upside down. But before I get there I want to do something else.

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Tea, Cookies and Resurrection – Br. Mark Brown

Eastertide Preaching Series: A World Turned Upside Down

We continue this evening with our series “A World Turned Upside Down”—a series inspired by an uproar in the city of Thessalonica nearly 2000 years ago. The Book of Acts tells how Christians were accused of turning the world upside down with their witness to the resurrection.

The resurrection of Jesus was indeed the galvanizing experience of the first Christians. And it has been at the core of the Church’s proclamation down through the ages.  But, as Br. Geoffrey so eloquently pointed out last week, resurrection is not only for that great day when we awaken to life in heaven; resurrection life is here and now.

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The True Vine – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

This sermon is available only in audio format.

Life – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Eastertide Preaching Series: A World Turned Upside Down

Jesus said, “I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

During these weeks of Eastertide, on these Tuesday evenings, we are preaching on what it was which ‘turned the world upside down’ at Easter. For me, the good news of Easter can be summed up in one word, and that word is ‘Life. Jesus came that we may have life. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been given the gift of life – eternal life.

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The Good Shepherd – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jesus said, I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…”

A week ago, Br. David Vryhof and I had the pleasure of being guests of a friend of our community, a shepherd who lives on an island off the coast of Washington state.  It is now lambing season, and one night we watched a ewe give birth to a 13-pound lamb.  And then, in a matter of minutes – we counted 8 minutes – the newborn lamb was standing up on all fours and had begun to nurse.  Absolutely miraculous!

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The Feast of Saint John the Evangelist, the Beloved Disciple

Preached by the Rt. Rev. Arthur E. Walmsley

“God is what we have not yet understood, the sign of a strange and unpredictable future.”
– Rowan Williams

We begin in the ancient world. Go not to Jerusalem, but Athens. The 5th century BCE was the Golden Age of the Athenian democracy. The Athens city-state created a unique version of governance by the citizenry. Its high point was reached during the leadership of Pericles from 449-431, during which the great buildings on the Acropolis were constructed.

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