Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29-35. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
Last Sunday’s first lesson included a vision that encouraged Peter in his missionary efforts; this week it is Paul who has a vision to expand his mission to Macedonia. In the next verse, the account switches to first person for just seven verses, two verses past the end of our reading. It is this call to Macedonia that initiates the mission to Philippi, to which Paul later wrote one of his letters. There he evangelized women, crossing the boundary that normally separated men and women in religious matters at the time. Among them was Lydia, “a dealer in purple cloth”, which probably meant that she was wealthy.
Psalm 67 is a psalm of blessing for the harvest, but we use it in the church as a psalm of praise for the resurrection. Continuing that theme, Revelation 21 & 22 presents John’s vision of the coming kingdom of God, which is inhabited by the saints and martyrs. There is no temple to enshrine the Lord’s presence, because the Lord God and the Lamb are present everywhere- the saints dwell in their light and worship day and night.
The gospel is a section of the long farewell address by Jesus that John reports in his gospel. This is an announcement of Jesus’ Ascension, which is celebrated 40 days after Easter. (It is always a Thursday.) In John’s gospel, Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension are all part of one event: Jesus’ glorification. Jesus’ ascension includes the giving of the Spirit to the disciples, and along with the Spirit, the gift of peace or shalom. The Spirit will be the continuing presence of Christ in his church. Where do we see the Spirit doing Jesus’ work in the church today?
Please keep in your prayers: Ellen Benton, Charlotte Cage, Peg Faulkner, 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: Chorale – Joseph Jongen
Offertory: O Blessed Spring– Robert Buckley Farlee
Communion: O Sacrum Convivium – Thomas Tallis
Postlude: Postlude – William Matthias
#377 Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!
#445 Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
#815 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
#543 Go, My Children, With My Blessing
Holy Trinity Calls Its Fourteenth Pastor!
I’m very pleased to report that The Reverend Wilbert “Wilk” Miller has formally accepted our call to be Holy Trinity’s next Pastor. The congregation, at a Special Meeting held April 24, 2016, voted unanimously to call Pastor Miller. He and his wife, Dagmar, will be relocating from First Lutheran in San Diego, California. Pastor Miller’s ministry at Holy Trinity will commence July 1, 2016.
President, Congregation Council
A “Thank You” Luncheon — and 4th Floor tour!
Please join us after Mass in the Community Room on Sunday, May 15, for a special Thank You luncheon. We’ll acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of all who have given so generously to support the renovation of the 4th floor apartment, and to create a “welcome home” for our next pastor and his family. After the lunch, sponsored by a Thrivent Action Team (Thanks, Thrivent!), you’ll be able to check out the 4th floor for a “No Place Like Home: Excitement Under Construction” look-see.
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!
Shelter Report for March
I pray all is well with everyone,
Marvelous March to all, We hosted 118 clients in 14 days. This was a busy month as the client count increased because we are now the only all female shelter open. We want to thank Florence Agnes for the gift of groceries this month. They were greatly appreciated.
Our oldest client, Ms Crawford, left this past weekend for South Carolina. She went home to her family. She was 70 yrs old.
I gave out the last sleeping bag to a young lady sleeping right outside the front door of the shelter. Her name is Rocky. Please keep her in your prayers, as well as our client, Ms. Fannie, as she undergoes radiation treatment. Our volunteers served 12 out of 14 days. A special thanks to Antonio, who always brings a friend to volunteer
See you in April,
Scripture Reading – Week after Easter 6
Sunday – Acts 16:9-10 – What would it take to get you to respond to a similar call?
Monday – Acts 19:13 – Why do you suppose there was a place of prayer outside the gate?
Tuesday – Acts 16:15 – What is the equivalent of Lydia’s hospitality today?
Wednesday – Revelation 21:22-25 – What does this imagery meant to you?
Thursday – Revelation 21:26-27 – Why do you think purity is so important in this image?
Friday – Revelation 22:1-2 – What is the connection to baptism of the water and tree?
Saturday – John 14:26 – What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives?
Sunday – John 14:27-29 – How are these verses preparation for the Ascension?