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Cleophas and Elizabeth Visit Easter Sunrise Service

We have a tradition in our church of having Biblical characters visit our Easter sunrise service in the park. This year Cleophas and his wife, Elizabeth, from Emmaus told us about their encounter with the resurrected Christ. First Person Drama, written by Pastor Bob DeGray and performed by John Bauer and Zion Early. Based on […]

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Christ the Lord is Risen Today by Charles Wesley

Posted by Sherry on 3/27/2016 in Celebrations, Easter, Music and Hymns |

Lyrics: Charles Wesley, 1739. Written in celebration of the first service of London’s first Wesleyan Chapel. This chapel was known as the Foundry Meeting House because Charles Wesley purchased an old foundry building to house his growing number of converts. Music: EASTER HYMN, unknown author, first published in 1708. Theme: For I delivered to you […]

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Resurrection Sunday 2016

Posted by Sherry on 3/27/2016 in Celebrations, Easter, General |

Over the past few days, I’ve been republishing some edited posts from Resurrection celebrations of the past twelve years that I’ve been writing this blog. And I’ve written a few new posts to intersperse between and among. Last year on Resurrection Sunday I wrote about the most important and significant thing in my life—and about […]

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Eucatastrophic Resurrection

Posted by Sherry on 3/27/2016 in Celebrations, Easter, General |

Edited and reposted from Resurrection Sunday, 2013. You know when you’re reading a story, especially a thriller or a mystery and there’s a lovely little (or big) twist at the end that is completely unexpected? It’s not where you thought the story was headed, not how you thought it would end, but it works. The […]

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Funny Eggs

Posted by Sherry on 3/26/2016 in Celebrations, Easter |

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. I John 3:2 If Easter Eggs Would Hatch by Douglas Malloch I wish that Easter eggs […]

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Hymn to Christ

Posted by Sherry on 3/26/2016 in Celebrations, Easter, General |

Edited and reposted from Easter, 2013. “Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death […]

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Easter Eggs

Posted by Sherry on 3/26/2016 in Celebrations, Easter, General |

What about Easter eggs? Do you have an Easter egg hunt at your house? What do you tell your urchins about Easter eggs? Who hides the eggs? What do you put inside? Or do they come already basketed to your front door? What do Easter eggs have to do with the celebration of Easter? Have […]

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Posted by Sherry on 3/25/2016 in Celebrations, Easter |

I first read Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities when I was in ninth grade. Three of us—Christina, Teresa, and I— wrote a chapter-by-chapter summary of the entire book, making our own little study guide to the novel as a school project. We did this before the age of personal computers and before any […]

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Lenten Blog Break

Posted by Sherry on 2/18/2015 in Celebrations, Easter |

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. For several years I’ve taken a break from Semicolon and from blogging for the forty days of Lent. I’ve been blogging since October 2003, almost twelve years, and I plan to continue blogging. I just feel that this break is a good time of rest and reevaluation […]

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On the Resurrection

Posted by Sherry on 4/1/2013 in Celebrations, Easter, General |

I’m still celebrating, still stuck on the resurrection of Jesus because that one event makes every day a celebration. “A Jewish revolutionary whose leader had been executed by the authorities, and who managed to escape arrest himself, had two options: give up the revolution, or find another leader. We have evidence of people doing both. […]

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