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37On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink.

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I wonder how many preachers will elect on Pentecost this Sunday to preach on John 7:37-39.

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It comes up every three years, and every time I find myself puzzling over the Gospel reading offered in the Revised Common Lectionary as one of the options for Year A on Pentecost Sunday.

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Cynthia Bourgeault: Substitutionary atonement theology was there from the beginning in the Old Testament in the Temple theology with its sacrificial system and they just took the system and that was in place thirty years after Jesus’ death.

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Good Friday appears to be a complete dead-end.

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Today is the liminal day.

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It is not easy knowing how best to communicate to children something of the impact of the events we commemorate on Good Friday.

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I know it is frowned upon in many circles today. But, this evening, as we have for at least thirty years, the community in which I serve will observe a Seder Supper.

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ash-wednesdayTomorrow, if we choose to participate in an Ash Wednesday liturgy, we may receive a black smudge of ash on our forehead in the sign of a cross, as we hear the words,

Remember you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.

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When the “mä’-gos ” arrived in Jerusalem, they explained to King Herod that they were seeking “the child who has been born king of the Jews.”

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