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, April 21, 2019 is Easter.
This Sunday, April 21, 2019 is Easter Day (The Resurrection of Our Lord). the Gospel of John 20:1-18 began with confusion: the stone was moved and the tomb was empty. Disciples arrive, then angels,and finally Jesus himself. Out of the confusion, hope emerges, and a weeping woman becomes the first to confess her faith in the risen Lord. Here is part of the message: Mary returned with her sorrow. She was crying. She looked into the tomb and she heard someone asking, “Why are you weeping?” She explained that she still believed that someone must have stolen the body of Jesus. In her sorrow she turned away from the empty tomb and saw someone who again asked her why she was crying. Then, that Easter gardener asked Mary the same question that we heard thousands of years ago in the Garden of Eden and then in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Whom are you looking for?” – Mary answered by repeating her question, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” As if she was able to do this.
“Whom are you looking for?” is not only the question God had for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It is not only for Judas and the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. And it is not only for Mary Magdalene in the Easter Garden. It is God’s question for each of us in this church today. So, “Whom are YOU looking for?”
Acts 10:34-43: Peter’s sermon, delivered at the home of Cornelius, a Roman army officer, sums up the essential message of Christianity. Everyone who believes in Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the words of the prophets, receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)
1 Corinthians 15:19-26: Paul describes the consequences of the resurrection, including the promise of new life in Christ to a world that has been in bondage to death. He celebrates the destruction of evil and the establishment of God’s victorious rule over all.
John 20:1-18: This morning began with confusion: the stone was moved and the tomb was empty. Disciples arrive, then angels, and finally Jesus himself. Out of the confusion, hope emerges, and a weeping woman becomes the first to confess her faith in the risen Lord.
The Day, the Day
What is Easter anyway? Christians consider Easter to be the “first day.” From Easter comes the practice of worshiping on Sunday morning. It is the first day of the week. It is also the first day of new creation, sometimes called the “eighth day” of the week, for on it Christ restored the image of God in the human and in so doing also brought restoration and renewal to all of creation. The Easter season proceeds from and celebrates this first day. In the resurrected Christ, there is time after the end, life after death, restoration of what was broken, the brightening of what had gone dark. In the fifty days of Easter, Christian communities around the world strive to worship God in a way that illustrates that the body of Christ lives now in the heavenly places and also in the gathered body in the world. Worship is where heaven and earth meet.
Prayer of the Day
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through 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
Fellowship luncheon !!!!!!!!
The Church Commemorates
Day of the Creation (Día de la Creación) (LLC)
Monday, April 22, 2019
This observance invites us to notice and give God thanks for the wonders of the created universe. As stewards of that creation, we are also challenged to be careful in our use of it.
See You In Church This Sunday !!!!!! The Lord Be With You.