Third Sunday of Easter – April 19, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4;1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48. Pastor George Detweiler will preside and preach.
Today’s scriptures revolve around the theme of the difference that Christ’s resurrection makes. In the first lesson, it is the reaction to Peter healing a lame man. The healing is the foretaste or hors d’oeuvres of salvation that is available through the power of Christ’s resurrection.
The second lesson offers us hope as God’s children. But we are looking forward to being transformed into the image of God and made righteous as God in Christ is righteous. That will happen when we see God and he is, a longing expressed also in Psalm 4.
The gospel is another of the post resurrection appearances of Christ. As in John’s gospel, the Risen Lord addresses his disciples with “Peace be with you.” He addresses their shock by pointing out his physical reality, proved by his asking for something to eat.
Luke’s real interest in this story, though, is the instruction to the disciples that everything written about the Messiah in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled. We are given the same charge by the Risen Lord that they were given: in response to his resurrection, to proclaim repentance and forgiveness in Christ’s name to all nations.
Bach Vespers at 5:00 on Sunday
with João Kouyoumdjian. The Bach Choir and Players will present J. S. Bach’s Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12. There will be a Pre-Vespers Talk with Michael Marissen at 3:45 PM downstairs in the Community Room.
Music for Sunday, April 19, 2015
Prelude: Christ lag in Todesbanden, Georg Böhm
Offertory: If Ye Be Risen Again With Christ, Orlando Gibbons
Communion: Eternal Source of Light Divine, G. F. Handel
Postlude: Christ lag in Todesbanden, J. S. Bach
#368 With High Delight Let Us Unite!
#382 Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!
#372 Christ Is Arisen
#635 We Walk by Faith
#485 I Am the Bread of Life
#382 Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
Dr. David G, Burke will offer a two-part Afterwords presentation this Sunday April 19 and next Sunday April 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 restoration of our 65th St fence is nearly complete! We expect Spirit Ironworks to begin installation by the end of the month.
Thanks to the many of you who have given to the Building Fund so far, we are now just $9,000 away from covering the costs of this work. If you have not yet given – or even if you have – please consider making a gift to help close this gap.
Daily Scripture Reading
A few people have asked me about daily scripture readings. The best resource for these are the Moravian Daily Texts. The Moravian Church has been producing these for many years (Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s nanny introduced him to them and he read them the rest of his life).
A thank you…
It takes many people to make Passion Sunday and the Triduum and Easter happen in a congregation like Holy Trinity. Some of you thanked me about it, but I feel like I was more greatly blessed by this celebration of the central events of our faith in Jesus Christ!
Special thanks are due to Susan Hannah and the many worship assistants she recruited and to Donald Meineke and the many musicians who worked hard to make the services a powerful expression of our belief in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Everyone did their part, and we were all blessed by it.
Thanks are due also to the Suttells for hosting the open brunch following the Easter morning Mass. Not everyone is willing to host a brunch to which all the participants at worship are invited, and then to go out of their way to make sure that visitors who show up feel welcome.
Thanks to all of you!
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!
With many thanks from your Transition Team: Steve Aurand, Anna Bolz, Tim Cage, Suzanne Hoglund, Joshua Leveque, Patty McGreevey, Jean Silliman, and Jonathan Stewart.