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"A New Body: Ghost Ships"

Sam Moqadam on Unsplash The First United Presbyterian Church of Loveland “A New Body: Ghost Ships” Rev. Amy Morgan April 18, 2021 Luke 24:36b-48 Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."   37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.   38 He said to them, "Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?   39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."   40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.   41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?"   42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.   44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-- that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the pro

"At Peace With Your Body"

  Patrick Hendry on Unsplash The First United Presbyterian Church of Loveland “At Peace With Your Body” Rev. Amy Morgan April 11, 2021 John 20:19-31 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were gathered together, with the doors shut for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you!"   20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.   21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."   22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.   23 If you forgive and set loose any sins, they are set loose and forgiven; if you retain them, they are retained."   24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.   25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks

"The Great Mystery"

  Aaron Burden on Unsplash The First United Presbyterian Church of Loveland “The Great Mystery” Rev. Amy Morgan April 4, 2021 John 20:1-18 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.   2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."   3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.   4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.   5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.   6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,   7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.   8 Then the ot


Photo by  Rumana S  on  Unsplash   The First United Presbyterian Church of Loveland “Cloaks” Rev. Amy Morgan March 21, 2021 Deuteronomy 16:1-3  Observe the month of Abib by keeping the passover for the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night.   2 You shall offer the passover sacrifice for the LORD your God, from the flock and the herd, at the place that the LORD will choose as a dwelling for his name.   3 You must not eat with it anything leavened. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it-- the bread of affliction-- because you came out of the land of Egypt in great haste, so that all the days of your life you may remember the day of your departure from the land of Egypt. "The Bread of Affliction, we call it. To remind us of our affliction when we were slaves in Egypt. Slaves in Egypt. The scriptures pound that phrase into our heads like the Romans pounding nails into crosses. Into bodies. We were slaves in Egypt. Bu