Jesus' Bridge Ministry On the Road

Eastertide is a season that includes the Ascension of Jesus (on the 40th day of Easter, this year Thursday, May 18th) and concludes with Pentecost (on the 50th day of Easter, May 28th). In the coming weeks, I hope to explore how this season leans heavily on the pre-existing Jewish Holy Days.  

In the season of Eastertide, we will explore together some encounters with Jesus in the time preceding his Ascension. As I considered my last weeks as your Bridge Pastor, I began seeing Jesus' ministry from Resurrection to Ascension as his "Bridge Ministry." We will look at our texts through this lens. How did Jesus want to prepare those who followed him for his leaving? How did he train them to receive the Spirit? What did he want them to remember? This week we will look at the Easter-evening story of Jesus' encounter with those "on the road" to Emmaus Luke 24:13-35. Please join us online or in person at 10 a.m.  


Everything Changes
In our sermon series we are exploring how our brains were designed to be suspicious of change, and for good reason–homeostasis in good measure helps us thrive, protecting us from danger. But if we look closely at what the Creator set in motion, we find that change is the most constant part of life and necessary for animating our spirits as we find renewed purpose throughout life. Jesus advocated for changes that would keep us moving toward greater goodness!  “Everything Changes” John 12:20-26 In our scripture this week Jesus asks us to let go of life “as it is” in order to create and multiply the love that is eternal. What feels like the chaos, or recklessness, of change is the breaking-open of possibility and the sprouting of new life. This is what it means to follow the change-maker Jesus and serve his purpose of more love in the world. -Pastor Courtney

Publish Date:

April 13, 2023

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