Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 24, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35. Pastoral Candidate preaches and presides.
TThroughout this Easter season we are reading from Acts and Revelation each Sunday. So far in Acts we have heard about the Christians’ care for each other and how they dealt with threats from outside their group. Today’s reading concerns a disagreement about who can be considered part of this band of followers of Christ. It is the original attempt of the insiders to keep from enlarging the definition of disciple of Jesus.
Peter responds with the story of his vision and of the Spirit’s direction. But that was not quite enough to convince his listeners of the rightness of his actions. It was the report of the Spirit’s falling on these new believers it had on the earliest disciples that silenced Peter’s questioners. Discerning the Spirit at work made all the difference.
Psalm 148 is a hymn of praise by all of creation. On it St. Francis of Assisi based his hymn, “All Creatures, Worship God Most High” (ELW# 835).
The vision of the new heaven and new earth, and of the new Jerusalem coming down from God, provided hope for the persecuted Christians of John’s day, as it does for those who mourn today. It is a vision of God-with-us, destroying death and making all things new.
The gospel for today repeats the end of the gospel for Maundy Thursday and the new commandment that we love one another as Christ has loved us. His resurrection gives us eternal life, and that new life is to be reflected in the quality of our communal life and is reflected always by the church’s mere existence.
Please keep in your prayers: Ellen Benton, Charlotte Cage, Peg Faulkner, Harold Gray, Maria Jacobson, Susan Sterne McCann, Marie Mutz, Jytte Palumbo, Robert Radsch, Mike Rodriguez, Thorvald Slater, the family and friends of Steven Smith and Benjamin Weiner.
Music for Sunday
Prelude: ‘Adagio’ from Three Pieces for Organ – Frank Bridge
Offertory: And I Saw a New Heaven – Edgar Bainton
Communion: O Sacrum Convivium – Olivier Messiaen
Postlude: Festal Flourish – Gordon Jacob
#458 Praise and Thanksgiving Be to God
#526 God is Here!
#631 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
#546 To Be Your Presence
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.
April 19, 2016
Dear Members and Friends of Holy Trinity.
It has been more than a year since we began the process to call a new Pastor to serve our community on the corner of Central Park West and 65th Street. After months of introspection, interviews and prayer, the time has finally come to meet the pastoral nominee selected by the Call Committee and unanimously approved at a special meeting of the Congregation Council.
I would like to invite you to meet the pastoral nominee and his wife at a reception to be held in the Community Room of our church this Saturday, April 23rd, from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
I also ask you to attend Worship at 11am on Sunday, April 24, to hear the pastoral nominee preach. Following the service, a special congregation meeting will be held in the Nave where confirmed members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will vote on the nominee’s call as our next Pastor.
Lunch will be served following the meeting in our Community Room.
Please join us!
Grace and Peace to you,
President, Congregation Council
A “New” Piano
In 2004 Dee Schloz-Beyer generously donated her six foot Steinway piano to Holy Trinity. But over the years the dramatic changes in temperature in the church building have taken its toll on the instrument. When I arrived at Holy Trinity it would no longer hold a tuning — especially in the heat and humidity of the summer. Apparently, it needed to be rebuilt with new a new pinblock and strings, but there are no funds for this project.
About the same time, I became aware that a friend of Dee’s and Holy Trinity owned a seven foot Yamaha concert grand in fine condition and was looking for a smaller Steinway. An appraisal showed that the two pianos – in their present condition – were of the same value. The possibility of a permanent exchange was explored and agreed upon. His plan includes having the Steinway rebuilt.
Holy Trinity now has the seven foot Yamaha in the Nave. It has a big and rich sound, appropriate for such a large space, and is in tune even after a morning of being moved. We are grateful for Dee’s support for this project and her initial gift which has made it possible for us to acquire this piano!
AfterWords on May 8
What’s happening with our synod Tanzanian partnership? Bishop Bob and Lois Rimbo will lead an informal conversation during AfterWords on Sunday, May 8th to share stories of their October 2015 visit for the installation of Bishop Abednego Keshomshahara. You’ll also hear the latest info about KEMPS primary school and work being done with HIV/AIDS.
‘Karibu’ (welcome) to all!
Scripture Reading – Week after Easter 5
Sunday – Acts 11:1-3 – What is the reason for this question in verse 3?
Monday – Acts 11:1-10 – When have you had to defend your actions crossing boundaries for Christ?
Tuesday – Acts 11:11-18 – Where do you see the Holy Spirit at work today?
Wednesday – Revelation 21:1-2 – What is the gift given with these verses?
Thursday – Revelation 21:3-6 – How is this an image of baptism?
Friday – John 13:31 – How is Jesus “glorified” with Judas’ leaving the group?
Saturday – John 13:34-35 – How are we doing with this commandment?