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Sunday on the Commons

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Weekly podcast of sermons from the United Congregational Church of Little Compton, Rhode Island. Most weeks will feature our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Rebecca Floyd Marshall, in the pulpit, but guest preachers step in from time to time as well. Support this podcast:… read more

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"The Gardner" | Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry 

It's Easter, and we are celebrating! Today we remember the extraordinary claim of our faith: that God’s love is more powerful than the darkest darkness, more powerful than the worst we can do, more powerful even than death!

We begin with our children’s moment, discussing with our youngest members how God has never given up on humanity and how God transforms all the things we do, good and bad, into a new way to express God’s love for us.

Gospel Reading: 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.  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.”  Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.  The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,  and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;  for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;  and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.  They  said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have  taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”  When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus  said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”  Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have  carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him  away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).  Jesus  said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to  the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my  Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Mary  Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”;  and she told them that he had said these things to her.

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