#Easter - Jesus the Good Shepherd

April 25, 2018

April 22, 2018
John 10:11-18

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

We are God's sheep and Jesus is the Good Shepherd, come to carry us home. He is the Good Shepherd who loves us his sheep enough to lay down his life, to leave the 99 sheep to find the one lost sheep - to find YOU - when YOU are lost and frightened, when YOU are feeling unloved and unwanted and will carry YOU home.

 
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#Easter - Jesus Story Living In You

April 17, 2018

April 15, 2018
Luke 24:36b-48

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

We recognize that our faith will always be wrapped in questions and ambiguity of how life, death, meaning, eternity, how other faiths relate to God so differently, the presence of evil in a world created in love, all somehow fit together in some divine plan.

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#Easter - The Miracle of Easter

April 11, 2018

April 8, 2018
John 20:19-31

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.

Jesus has risen to bring new and everlasting life to a broken yet beautiful, a hurting yet hopeful, sin stained yet grace saturated world that has been created in love. 

 

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Easter Sunday

April 10, 2018

April 1, 2018
Mark 16: 1-18

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

He is Risen!

This is YOUR resurrection moment! 

That’s because Christ is Risen! Christ is risen indeed. Amen! Alleluia! Now go and live your resurrection life!

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Good Friday

April 10, 2018

March 30, 2018

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

The symbol and sacrifice of the cross and how through his death on the cross Jesus showed God what it was like to be human and in pain and to die. 

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Maundy Thursday

April 10, 2018

March 29, 2018
John 13

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

Pastor Kevin Speaks about the amazing love, forgiveness and mercy of God shown to us through Holy Communion.

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Palms and the Passion

March 26, 2018

March 25, 2018
Psalm 39: 2-8a, 10-13 NRV                                                                                                                        Mark 14: 1- 15:47

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

On Palm Sunday, we remember a protest march, Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey. There’s some debate on whether Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was a celebration or a protest. Jesus arriving in the Holy City Jerusalem on a humble donkey, rather than a brilliant stallion the way that Caesar did. The donkey symbolized peace. The stallion symbolized war. And the crowds shouted “Hosanna". “Hosanna” literally meaning “Save us!”. From Palm Sunday to the Passion, Pastor Kevin ends his sermon reading the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark. The 14th and 15th chapters.

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Grief is nothing to be ashamed of

March 21, 2018

March 18, 2018
Psalm 77: 5-15

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

With the ongoing de-ritualization of our culture, people have less and less times and places to grieve but grieving is not weakness. Grieving is hard work. Grief is not a pathology. Grief is normal and healthy. And grief certainly does not mean you don’t have enough faith.

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God does not lead us to shame

March 12, 2018

March 11, 2018
Psalm 25 NRV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

If there’s one thing the church has done really well, it’s shame. Unfortunately, it isn't relieving shame from people. Rather it heaps shame on people. Pastor Kevin Powell speaks to how shame effects our relationship with each other and with God.

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Relieving the Epidemic of Loneliness

March 5, 2018

March 04, 2018
Psalm 13 NRV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

Identifying the loneliness epidemic is vital for our social well being as a community but it’s a topic of conversation that Christians have been uncomfortable having and need to have. As a church we are in a unique place to address the loneliness epidemic because the opposite of loneliness isn’t connection, the opposite of loneliness is belonging.

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