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.

May 13, 2018

And so, the odds were completely against them. There was no logical way they could possibly succeed. When you looked at their opponent – the opponent was smarter, stronger. The opponent had been in these kinds of contests before and had won every single time. They were the underdogs.

Can you picture them in the tunnel, getting ready to face the opponent? You always see videos of football teams running through a tunnel out onto a field, or a baseball or basketball team walking through a tunnel under the stadium right before the big game. But I’m not talking about sports. I’m talking about something way bigger.

I’m talking about the Christians, getting ready to face the Devil and face the world. In John chapter 17, the disciples were the underdogs. Today it’s you.

And so, the odds were completely against them. There was no logical way they could possibly succeed. When you looked at their opponent – the opponent was smarter, stronger. The opponent had been in these kinds of contests before and had won every single time. They were the underdogs.

Can you picture them in the tunnel, getting ready to face the opponent? You always see videos of football teams running through a tunnel out onto a field, or a baseball or basketball team walking through a tunnel under the stadium right before the big game. But I’m not talking about sports. I’m talking about something way bigger.

I’m talking about the Christians, getting ready to face the Devil and face the world. In John chapter 17, the disciples were the underdogs. Today it’s you.

Sunday May 13, 2018   –  7th Sunday of Easter

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

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26: In the days between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost, Peter oversees the process whereby one of the members of the community of believers is chosen to be the twelfth apostle, in order to fill the vacancy created by Judas’s treachery and death.

Psalm 1: The Lord knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6 )

1 John 5:9-13: God has borne witness to the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Whoever believes in the Son of God believes in the witness of God and has the promise of eternal life.

John 17:6-19: In this reading the church hears Jesus’ words on the night before his death. This gospel reports the words of Jesus’ prayer, a prayer for his disciples and for all who would believe in him through their words.

 

Move In Day

Each fall is the perennial move-in day on or near college campuses. Legions of parents descend with carloads that include tiny refrigerators, Ikea furniture, electronics, area rugs, and posters. They unload the one they have birthed, raised, nursed, instructed, and reproved for eighteen or so, to prepare him or her for independence. Then, just like that, the parents are gone, perhaps wiping away tears. Perhaps their final words were ones they hoped would stick. “Study well.” “Make good choices.” “Watch your time.” “Don’t stay up too late.” But in every parental heart is a simple prayer: “O God, be with them.” In the final portion of Jesus’ great prayer for the disciples (John 17:6-19), he entreats the Father to love and protect the disciples as a parent who knows their time for direct supervision is coming to an end. In this preparation we hear his pleading like a loving parent who wants the best for the ones he has sheltered, taught, loved, reproved, and sent. Jesus begs for God to hold them in the truth that is to do as they have been taught, to follow the model established for them. Jesus asked for the disciples to be protected and surrounded so that they may not be lost. He prays for the disciples to have their joy completed, and to live what they have seen and understood from their rabbi. May we, like the disciples, live in the truth of the gospel, love as we have been loved, have our joy complete, and, above all, know that God is with us.

Prayer of the Day

Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

What Happened In Church Last Week

  • We were able to “choose”
  • BUT…..we have been “CHOSEN”
  • All you need is…….L O V E

Coming Up

 New Members, by letter of Transfer, Kerry, Trisha, Marisa, Sadie Berger this Sunday May 13 2018, which happens to be Mother’s Day as well…….WELCOME BERGERS !!!!!!!

First Communion: Emilee Ann Barkley on Sunday May 20, which is also Confirmation Sunday (Pentecost)

Confirmation of  Andrew Frederick & Ryan McAteer on Pentecost Sunday, May 20……..wear RED !!!!!!

The Church Commemorates

Matthias, Apostle Monday, May 14, 2018

Matthias was the apostle added to the Twelve after Jesus’ resurrection, as a replacement for the dead Judas Iscariot. He had traveled among the followers of Jesus throughout the Lord’s ministry. Formerly commemorated on February 24, Matthias’s celebration is moved to May 14 in agreement with most Western calendars.

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

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