The Vicar’s Sermon “Teasers”

Pastoral Care Provider:  Vicar Jeremiah T. Heydt

Each week a compilation of the upcoming weeks’ readings is completed as a reference and review.  I hope that you find this information helpful in deepening your spiritual understanding and growth.

A synopsis of the readings for the coming Sunday, what happened in church last week, any other notable events and a Commemoration of the Church

This Sunday, June 2, 2019 is the 7th Sunday of Easter.

In John 17:20-26, Jesus prays that the life of his followers will be characterized by an intimate unity of identity with God. To be identified with God means also to share in God’s mission: to proclaim the word that will bring others into this same unity. Here is part of the message: Jesus prays for the Church that we may all be one, not only for our own well being, but also to witness to the world. God desires all to have life now and forever. He works through the Church to show his glory, that is, his love to the whole world. The Church when united in Jesus is holy, set apart from the world so that all people may see a clear difference between how Christians and others live in the world.
God has chosen Christians everywhere to demonstrate God’s love to the whole world. People need to see how unity in Jesus has affected the life of a Christian. They need to see that the God of the Christian is loving, forgiving, offers peace and hope for the future.

Acts 16:16-34: The owners of a slave-girl who used her powers to tell fortunes threw Paul and Silas into jail for “healing” her and, consequently, ruining their business. In prison, Paul and Silas bring the good news of the gospel to the jailer and his family.

Psalm 97: Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous. (Ps. 97:12) 

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21: The ascended Christ, hidden from our sight, promises to come again. We eagerly pray, “Come, Lord Jesus,” with all who respond to this invitation.

John 17:20-26: Jesus prays that the life of his followers will be characterized by an intimate unity of identity with God. To be so identified with God means also to share in God’s mission: to proclaim the word that will bring others into this same unity.

 

Praying for You

Today’s gospel reading is first and foremost a prayer. It is Jesus’ prayer, and we are given the privilege of listening in as he prays on behalf of his disciples and people of all times and places. Listeners are given a glimpse of Jesus’ mission for the world—that all may be drawn into the life of the triune God. On the eve of his death, Jesus entrusts this particular community of disciples—but also our communities, our lives, and our world—into the care of God.

What is it Jesus is doing when he prays? What is it the church does when it prays on behalf of the world and other people? To be prayed for by another is to know one’s life is cared for and has value to the one praying on your behalf. It is to know that much of the future is out of one’s own control but rests instead in the care of the Triune God. To be prayed for is to be vulnerable, dependent, and deeply loved.

Here is the astoundingly good news: Jesus prays for you, and for the communities in which we find ourselves. Whether your cup is empty or full, whether your community is in crisis or experiencing joy, whether your future is foggy or clear, Jesus loves you deeply and your life is bound to the God who loved you before the foundations of the world. On the eve of his death, Jesus entrusted your life and the church’s life and its entire future to the Father. What glorious good news that the future rests in the care of the Triune God, and that we, the church, are set free to make God known to the world.

Prayer of the Day

O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

What Happened In Church Last Week

 Remembrance of fallen Veterans

How many times have you moved?

What is the world really bad at?

Coming Up:

Pentecost Sunday, Confirmation, Sunday June 9

The Church Commemorates

The Martyrs of Uganda, died 1886

Monday, June 3, 2019

On June 3, 1886, thirty-two young men were burned to death for refusing to renounce Christianity. The confident manner in which these Christians went to their deaths contributed to a much stronger Christian presence in Uganda.

See You In Church This Sunday !!!!!! The Lord Be With You.

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