Guest Homilist, Lisa Pollard shares the story from John 11:35 where Jesus wept. Lisa unpacks what his tears might have been about as he experienced the loss of his friend Lazarus.. We see Jesus in all his humanity here. Perhaps it wasn’t the death of his friend that pained Jesus; rather it was the tears on Mary’s face that brought on His tears. He empathized with their pain. His heart must have been broken to see the sadness of those he loved. Jesus came into a situation where there was deep mourning and sorrow and he grieved as well, a situation he was invited into.
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women are equal
Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared the story of the samaritan woman from John 4. The story is from 2000 years ago and it was a male dominated culture. Men and women were not seen as equal. That was not the way Jesus saw the culture or women. Jesus held women at the same place as men. We see that in the way he lived out his life. The women he had around him were these power house women. Jesus shared his more intimate secret with the samaritan woman and by cultural standards did this in a dirty and unholy place. Jesus saw the saintly in this person when no one else could see.