The Second Word – Luke 23:43
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Speaker – Rev. Debra Avery serves as pastor and head of staff at the United Presbyterian Church in Peoria. She has served as a second career pastor in four Presbyterian congregations in New York, Arizona, California, and Illinois. She has a skill set for vision and strategy work, and a passion for missional and justice endeavors. She previously served as the moderator of her presbytery in the San Francisco area.