The Second Sunday of Easter – Meredith Kadet

Meredith Kadet


The Second Sunday of Easter – April 7, 2013

Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

Preacher: Meredith Kadet, Seminarian at St. Michael’s Church and M.Div. senior at Union Theological Seminary. 

Easter is a time of celebration, right? A time of joy! But today’s gospel reading starts with an emotion we don’t usually associate with easter: Fear. It’s evening, and the apostles are huddled together in a locked room. They’re afraid of the authorities. Reasonable: their leader has just been brutally executed – perhaps they’ll be next. (more…)

The Great Vigil of Easter – the Rev. Susan E. Hill


The Rev. Susan E. Hill


The Great Vigil of Easter – March 30, 2013

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26; Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21; Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Psalms 42 and 43; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Psalm 98:1-4, 6-9; Romans 6:3-11; Luke 24:1-12


Welcome to the Great Vigil of Easter! All of us here tonight, whether you know it or not, are participating in one of the most ancient rituals of Christianity. This service had fallen a bit by the wayside – and many of you may not particularly remember it growing up – but it was recovered in our 1979 Book of Common Prayer. It’s a good thing too, because as liturgical scholar Marion Hatchett has written, this ancient Vigil is “the keystone about which the rest of the church year is built.”