Second Sunday of Easter – April 12, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31. Pastor George Detweiler will preside and preach.
The first lesson presents an idealized picture of the early Christian community on which most monastic communities have based their life. That it is an idealized picture becomes clear a few verses later, at the beginning of Acts 5. There we have the story of Ananias and Sapphira, who sell property and withhold the proceeds. They drop dead when confronted by Peter.
Using the imagery of light and darkness, the author of the Johannine letters writes about discipleship–following Jesus. If we walk in the light and stay away from the darkness of sin, we have fellowship with God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. That, in turn, connects us to–gives us fellowship with–other believers in Christ. If we do sin, in Christ we have an advocate with the Father.
The gospel is the story of two of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances, both on Sundays when the disciples gathered. Thomas, one of the disciples, was absent from the first appearance, so he wanted to see for himself and has that opportunity a week later. The point of the story is verse 29: “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.'”
That is us, the readers of the gospel. We are blessed because we have come to believe on the basis of the gospels, and will have eternal life in Christ’s name.
At 5:00 PM, The Bach Choir and Players will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4.
Music for Sunday, April 12, 2015
Prelude: Festal Flourish, Gordan Jacob
Offertory: Rise Up My Love, Healey Willan
Communion: O Sacred Feast, Healey Willan
Postlude: Fanfare for Organ, Craig Phillips
#361 The Day of Resurrection!
#386 O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
#372 Christ Is Arisen
#390 The Risen Christ
#815 I Want to Walk as a Child o the Light
#548 Rise, O Church, Like Christ Arisen
Dr. David G, Burke will offer a two-part Afterwords presentation on April 19 & 26 following the coffee hour downstairs in the Community Room. This will be a multimedia event with audio and visual enhancements. The focus of study/discussion will be on Judges 13-16, “Samson and Delilah: The Real Story.”
The Holy Trinity Transition Team needs your input and insight!
Please plan to attend two “Dialogue Circles” following two Sunday Masses in May. In groups of 8, or so, seated around tables as we eat some lunch (one of which will be pot-luck), you’ll be asked, by Transition Team facilitators, a series of open-ended questions about Holy Trinity’s heritage, identity, community, mission — and our future. Your perspective and insights on these questions are key to completing the Strategic Plan that the Transition Team is developing, and crucial to our eventual process to seek pastoral candidates and extend a call to our next pastor. You participation is necessary to capture your view.
Dialogue Circle/Luncheon (in the community room):
Sunday, May 3, about 12:45pm – 2:00pm, following Mass and coffee. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Sunday, May 17, about 12:45pm – 2:00pm, following Mass and coffee. POT-LUCK LUNCHEON–please bring something to share!