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"A New Body: Abundance"

Enrique Guzmán Egas on Unsplash   The First United Presbyterian Church of Loveland “A New Body:” Rev. Amy Morgan April 25, 2021 John 21:1-17 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.   2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.   3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.   4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.   5 Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" They answered him, "No."   6 He said to them, "Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many

"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