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20 Point Easter Sermon

23 March, 2005 11:09 PM

I know this will freak some of my readers out - 3 posts in a day!

Tonight at LivingRoom we did the Easter thing - yes, in one night we did Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday - all in one.

I was tempted to just choose one aspect of Easter but in the end decided to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

I printed off the last few chapters of each of the Gospels from (basically the stories from the Last Supper onwards) from Bible Gateway and then basically cut them up into short bite sized mini stories/passages. By 'cut them up' I literally mean I cut them with scissors.

So tonight after our meal together we all sat around in a circle (it was squashy tonight cause we had 6 new people with us) and in the middle of the room I placed all the bite sized segments from the four gospels - there must have been about 40 of them.

I invited people to choose one or two of the stories to contemplate for the next 10-15 minutes. The invitation I gave was as follows:

Take the next few minutes to quietly read over the story/ies that you've selected.

Read them over a few times and ponder what you hear. Allow your mind to go in whatever direction the passage takes it. You might like to use some of the following questions as starting points.

What words or statements ring in your ears after reading this passage?
What does it leave your wondering?
What does it leave your feeling?
Does it call you to some sort of response?
Where do you see yourself in the story?
What hadn't you noticed before?
What does it teach you about God?
What does it tell you about yourself and humanity?

At the end of the time of contemplation I invited people to read out one of their passages and if they'd like to share where their contemplations led them.

So as people shared we pretty much heard the full account of the last day of Jesus life through to the resurrection accounts (although we did them in a kind of random order - which was quite interesting in itself) along with people's impressions, ponderings, challenges. It was like a 20 point sermon (as there were 20 of us there).

I found the whole exercise quite interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly the reflection on a short passage was an interesting exercise as it really focused me in on one story quite intensely (I looked at the Garden of Gethsemane). But then to step back and hear such a variety of interconnected stories and reflections was quite powerful for me. I was struck by the amazing array of emotions that were expressed by different people featured in the stories - the rollercoaster ride that these few days must have been for Jesus, his disciples and those around them.



wow - 20 people - you might need to renovate soon. Or get everyone to diet so more people can fit in.
You guys are so creative in your worship. I would love to be in community like that. Enjoy the blessings you now have for all the hard yakka you've put into nurturing Living Room.

kel » 24 March, 2005 7:32 AM

Does it have any special meaning that you left out a couple of letters from a word in almost every question in your post?

Swan » 24 March, 2005 11:36 AM

Yes that is the key Swan! Leaves room for the Holy Spirit....

OR it could be that in copying and pasting it over from my word document that my computer decided to chop out some letters.....

one or the other - will fix it

Darren » 24 March, 2005 12:05 PM

Mate, I'm freaked out. Praying that you and "V" have a wonderful Easter.

Paul » 25 March, 2005 5:25 AM

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