Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 17, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
Throughout the season of Easter, our first lessons are from the Acts of the Apostles instead of the Hebrew Bible. It was the resurrection of Jesus that created the church, and in these readings we learn about the church’s early growth. Most of the stories in Acts revolve around the activities of Peter and Paul. This week we read about Peter raising from death one of the early female followers of the Way, Tabitha or Dorcas, demonstrating the power of Christ at work in his disciples.
The second lessons for this season are all from the Revelation to John. This week’s lesson paints a scene of the saints and martyrs standing before the throne of God and the Lamb, bowing and praising God. An elder describes these as those who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, who will now be their shepherd and guide them to springs of the water of life. Christ as shepherd is invoked here also.
The fourth Sunday of Easter is celebrated every year as Good Shepherd Sunday. The psalm is always Psalm 23 and the gospel is always a portion of John 10. In the this the third year of the lectionary cycle, we read from the latter part of chapter 10. In this section he does not explicitly refer to himself as the Good Shepherd, but says that “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Please keep in your prayers: Ellen Benton, Charlotte Cage, Peg Faulkner, Harold Gray, Maria Jacobson, Susan Sterne McCann, Jytte Palumbo, Robert Radsch, Mike Rodriguez, Thorvald Slater, the family and friends of Steven Smith, Rosie Weaver and Benjamin Weiner.
Bach Vespers on Sunday at 5:00PM
The Bach Choir and Players conclude the Vespers season with one of Bach’s most beloved cantatas, Christ lag in Todesbanden. They are joined by the nation’s finest cornetto and sackbut ensemble, The Dark Horse Consort!
Music for Sunday
Prelude: Chorale Prelude on Llanfair – McNeil Robinson
Offertory: The King of Love My Shepherd Is – Edward Bairstow
Communion: O Sweet and Sacred Feast – Michael McCabe
Postlude: Fanfare for Organ – Richard Proulx
#389 Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing
#782 My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
#778 The Lord’s My Shepherd
#369 Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Alleluia
NOTICE OF SPECIAL CONGREGATION MEETING
Date: April 24, 2016
Time: Immediately following the 11:00 AM worship service.
Pastoral candidate to preach and preside.
Purpose: To hold election for the next pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Vote by written ballot to be presided over by representative of the Bishop; two-thirds majority vote required for election; vote on candidate and compensation package only.
AfterWords in April: “THE GREAT PSALMS OF EASTER”
Sundays, April 17: Discussion led by Pr David G. Burke, Ph.D.
The Jewish biblical scholar, Nahum Sarna, has written perceptively in his Introduction to the Psalms: “In the Law and the Prophets God reaches out to humans. The initiative is God’s. God communicates, we receive. In our God-given freedom we can accept or reject. In the Psalms we reach out to God. We try to communicate. God receives. God chooses to respond or not, according to the inscrutable divine wisdom.”
In these discussions we will dig into the 6 psalms that we will sing/pray in our Sunday worship during the Easter season this year (lectionary year C). We will particularly be looking for Easter connections in these ancient psalms and exploring why these were chosen for Easter use and how they can enrich our worship, our prayers, our faith, and our lives.
Scripture Reading – Week after Easter 4
Sunday – Acts 9:37 – How do their death practices compare to ours?
Monday – Acts 9:39-40 – Do you believe in the power of prayer like this? From where does this power come?
Tuesday – Acts 9:41-43 – What is the result of this miracle?
Wednesday – Psalm 23 – What is your earliest memory of this psalm?
Thursday – Revelation 7:9-12 – How many hymns do you know that contain some of these words?
Friday – Revelation 7:14 – What is the “great ordeal” and the meaning of washing their robes?
Saturday – John 10:25-26 – How does this fit (or not) with our image of the Good Shepherd?
Sunday – John 10:27- What do you think it means to follow the shepherd?