20 Early on the first day of the week,
while it was still dark,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb
and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.
2 So she ran
and went to Simon Peter
and the other disciple,
the one whom Jesus loved,
and said to them,
“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,
and we do not know where they have laid him.”
3 Then Peter and the other disciple
set out and went toward the tomb.
4 The two were running together,
but the other disciple outran Peter
and reached the tomb first.
5 He bent down to look in
and saw the linen wrappings lying there,
but he did not go in.
6 Then Simon Peter came,
and went into the tomb.
He saw the linen wrappings lying there,
7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head,
not lying with the linen wrappings
but rolled up in a place by itself.
8 Then the other disciple,
who reached the tomb first,
also went in,
and he saw and believed; 9
for as yet they did not understand the scripture,
that he must rise from the dead.
10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb.
As she wept,
she bent over to look into the tomb;
12 and she saw two angels in white,
sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying,
one at the head
and the other at the feet.
13 They said to her,
“Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them,
“They have taken away my Lord,
and I do not know where they have laid him.”
14 When she had said this,
she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,
but she did not know that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus said to her,
“Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
Supposing him to be the gardener,
she said to him,
“Sir, if you have carried him away,
tell me where you have laid him,
and I will take him away.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!”
(which means Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her,
“Do not hold on to me,
because I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and say to them,
‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord”;
and she told them that he had said these things to her.
This story was filmed in the Gallagher Chapel in Grosvenor House, Belfast Central Mission’s headquarters in Belfast.
FILM CREDIT: Danny Meegan
A couple of years ago I wrote a piece called “The Advent Crack” exploring the images of a time when heaven and earth collided, humans had a glimpse into the “thin places”
and a baby was born in Bethlehem.
Yesterday, Easter Saturday, on a day of Easter waiting I wrote “The Easter Crack”.
I hope you find it helpful.
13-14 When the Passover Feast,
celebrated each spring by the Jews,
was about to take place,
Jesus travelled up to Jerusalem.
He found the Temple
teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves.
The money-changers were also there in full strength.
15-17 Jesus put together a whip
out of strips of leather
and chased them out of the Temple,
stampeding the sheep and cattle,
upending the tables of the money-changers,
spilling coins left and right.
He told the dove merchants,
“Get your things out of here!
Stop turning my Father’s house into a market place!”
That’s when his disciples remembered the Scripture,
“Zeal for your house consumes me.”
18-19 But the Jews were upset.
“What credentials can you present to justify this?”
“Tear down this Temple and in three days I’ll put it back together.”
20-22 They were indignant:
“It took forty-six years to build this Temple,
and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?”
But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple.
after he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered he had said this.
They then put two and two together
and believed both what was written in Scripture
and what Jesus had said.
23-25 During the time he was in Jerusalem,
those days of the Passover Feast,
many people noticed the signs he was displaying and,
seeing they pointed straight to God,
entrusted their lives to him.
But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them.
He knew them inside and out,
knew how untrustworthy they were.
He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them.
It starts with a tiny spark
And what does the spark look like?
Something – a word, a look, a slight
or maybe nothing anyone did to you but rather
something you did or didn’t do, yourself
that lights the dormant feelings
Bubbling to a simmer
You can feel it rising
But you can’t stop it!
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him,
and without him not one thing came into being.
What has come into being in him was life,
and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God,
whose name was John.
He came as a witness to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He himself was not the light,
but he came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone,
was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came into being through him;
yet the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
and his own people did not accept him.
But to all who received him,
who believed in his name,
he gave power to become children of God,
who were born,
not of blood
or of the will of the flesh
or of the will of man,
but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us,
and we have seen his glory,
the glory as of a father’s only son,
full of grace and truth.
I went to the beginning
And it was light.
No darkness anywhere.
I heard someone singing a message.
“Who are you?”, I asked.
“WORD”, was the reply.
I asked, “How long have you been here?”
“Always”, WORD said.
“Who is here with you?”
“Oh, God is here with me”, WORD smiled.
“What are you then?”
“I am God”, WORD replied.
So, I asked, “What are you here to do?”
“I AM”, WORD said.
WORD smiled again.
“The Message I sing, tells everyone who I AM.
God’s Love Song cannot be silent!
Singing Love and bringing Life.
I am Creator – through me all things were sung into being.
Nothing came into being without me.
I am Logos – God’s Message to humankind.
I am The Light – no darkness can overcome me.
If WORD was there in the beginning, then WORD was never created!
If WORD was there in the beginning, then WORD was the one who created.
If WORD was there in the beginning of all things, then WORD created ME!
“Come with me”, WORD said, “I’ll show you.”
We found ourselves in an animal shelter.
Cows, sheep and…. a newborn baby with his mother and father.
Shepherds with simple hearts and shining eyes, kneeling in the dirty hay
Praising and worshipping God the WORD in human form.
“My Creation have forgotten me,
so I am singing them my Logos;
my God Song.
Coming to my people in human form: WORD made flesh.
A life-changing WORD from God the Father.
Living among you.
Bringing the True Light.
To remind you… I LOVE YOU!
And if you believe in me, you are my child.
Full of grace and truth.”
I WONDER how the WORD can be with God and be God.
I WONDER what it is like in the beginning… and yes I mean ‘is’.
I WONDER all the time what it must be like to live outside time like God does.
Can your brain fathom it?
I WONDER how God’s heart must hurt when we forget God and think we know best.
WHAT words did you hear in this story that you’ve never heard before?
I always find it harder to learn a story like this one.
It is much easier to learn something that has a narrative.
A beginning, middle and end.
But the same rules apply.
Spend time with the story, reading different versions and commentaries.
Find the common threads and words, the patterns, the links.
Then write it out the way you would say it.
And then begin.
A great starting place for Biblical Storytelling is to read this book:
It was the first book I read on Biblical Storytelling and it changed the way I tell stories.
I’d love to hear how you get on with learning this story.
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A blog for big kids (adults)
to inspire imagination through God’s story
for sharing, devotion and worship
This little story blog is born out of two years of study in Biblical Storytelling and seventeen years of telling Biblical stories.
I’ve had a passion for story, both written and told, for my whole life. This is a new step on my journey: sharing God’s story in 4 steps and encouraging others to tell God’s story too.
I’ll be using readings from the Lectionary Year B in 4 different ways: READING the story; TELLING & HEARING the story; CREATIVELY WRITING the story: OUR RESPONSE to the story.
I’ll also be giving ideas, tips and challenges for you to start to learn and tell stories by heart as well.