Sacred or Scared?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, April 16, 2017, Easter Sunday.

Text: Matthew 28:1-10



Let’s talk about the position description for God’s angels, shall we?  What are the essential functions of this role?  I bring this up because it seems there is a pretty radical deviation in performance among the heavenly host.  Last year, we read the Easter story as it’s recorded in John.  I found myself aggravated by the two angels in that account who just sit there in the empty tomb, the only words out of their mouths to ask Mary Magdalene why she’s crying.  If, as I believe is correct, an angel is supposed to be a messenger, then I’m unclear just what message John’s envoys are trying to communicate.  But how about this angel in Matthew?!  This one is awesome.  First off, there’s no way you’re going to miss this messenger who arrives fashionably late—after the Marys are at the tomb— [...]