Central United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

Easter Sunday - Be a Fool for Christ
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
April 1, 2018

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"Crown Him with Many Crowns" Brass Ensemble: Lauren Obusek, Kevin Heald, Chris Bill & Kevin Bill 0:0.01
Greeting Pastor Michelle 4:43
Announcements Carl Northrup 5:45
We Are Called to Worship Carl Northrup 8:10
"Christ the Lord is Risen Today" Song # 302 10:01
"He is Not Here, He Has Risen" Chancel Choir 13:04
Mark 16, 1-11 Cyndi Tedeschi 16:40
"Hosanna" Joyful Noise 18:29
A Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 20:48
"Christ Arose" Cappella Ringers 26:44
"Christ Has Risen" Song # 2115 30:26
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 33:21
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Jill Weston 37:51
The Sermon Pastor Michelle 40:22
Celebrating Holy Communion Pastor Michelle 49:45
"Crown Him with Many Crowns" Bass Ensemble, arr. Dave Harvey 56:36
Blessing Pastor Michelle 59:18

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Mark 16:1-11 The Message (MSG)

The Resurrection

16 1-3 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?”

4-5 Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back—it was a huge stone—and walked right in. They saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished.

6-7 He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”

They got out as fast as they could, beside themselves, their heads swimming. Stunned, they said nothing to anyone.

9-11 [After rising from the dead, Jesus appeared early on Sunday morning to Mary Magdalene, whom he had delivered from seven demons. She went to his former companions, now weeping and carrying on, and told them. When they heard her report that she had seen him alive and well, they didn’t believe her.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 The Message (MSG)

18-21 The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,

I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.

So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.

22-25 While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”

The Message (MSG)

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