Not in Some Heaven Lightyears Away: Revelation 21:1-6

  Sixth Sunday of Easter Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  2  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  3  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and be their God; 4  he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” 5  And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  6  Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. ”   (NRSVUE)             You

Calling All Nations: Revelation 7:9-17

  Fourth Sunday of Easter After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.  10  They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb!” 11  And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,  12  singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13  Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?”  14  I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the bl

While We Were Worshipping: Revelation 5:11-14

  Third Sunday of Easter Then I looked, and I heard the sound of many angels surrounding the throne, the living creatures, and the elders. They numbered in the millions—thousands upon thousands.  12  They said in a loud voice, “Worthy is the slaughtered Lamb         to receive power, wealth, wisdom, and might,         and honor, glory, and blessing.” 13  And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea —I heard everything everywhere say, “Blessing, honor, glory, and power belong to the one seated on the throne     and to the Lamb         forever and always.” 14  Then the four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshipped.   (CEB)             Christ is risen!   Christ is risen indeed!           We are firmly in the season of Easter—it’s more than a single day, after all.   It is the fifty days between the day we call Easter and the day we call Pentecost.   And last Sunday, our Orthodox siblings joined us

While They Were Perplexed: Luke 24:1-12

  Easter Sunday But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.  2  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  3  but when they went in, they did not find the body.  4  While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.  5  The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. [ a ]   6  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,  7  that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again .”  8  Then they remembered his words,  9  and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.  10  Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles.  11  But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not