April 28, 2016
for Sunday, May 1
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
A brief synopsis of this passage is given in sundaysandseasons.com. “As Jesus talks of returning to the Father, he promises to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will teach Jesus’ followers and remind them of all that Jesus taught. Even more, those in whom God makes a home will experience a peace that overcomes fear.”
Have you ever put yourself in the disciples’ places when you have read how they have continually messed up and misunderstood Jesus? Do we sometimes think we would do better than they had? I’m not so sure.
Here, Jesus tries to reassure his disciples before he is taken to the cross. And how did they respond while Jesus is taken before the authorities? Peter denies Jesus three times. Most of the other disciples remain outside and don’t accompany their Lord during his trial.
The disciples did not fully understand Jesus’ words until he was risen and even then they were afraid and uncertain. In this passage, Jesus promises his peace and that he will send the Holy Spirit who “…will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you” (v. 26).
Yesterday, I met with my spiritual director. As we talked, all I could say was that I’m in a good place. I have peace in spite of the physical issues I am experiencing. God’s peace is not like that of the world. God’s peace can reign in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Jesus’ promises are not just some words spoken in the past. They are accompanied by his presence with his people through the Holy Spirit. God accompanies his word and empowers us to share that word with others.
23Jesus answered [Judas (not Iscariot),] “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***MajBritt Traynor had hip replacement surgery Monday, April 25th. She is being transferred today, April 28th, to Heritage Green for rehabilitation. Please feel free to visit or send a card to her at Heritage Green Health Care Center, 3023 Route 430, Greenhurst, NY 14742. Sarah Goebel just notified the church that MajBritt is in the Woodside section, room number 613.
***There will be no Bible Study this Friday, April 29th. While MajBritt Traynor recuperates from surgery, the Bible Study will be held at St. Timothy’s on Fridays at 10:30 am. As always, everyone is invited and welcome to attend!
***Healthy Bones exercise class held at St. Timothy on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am will begin a new session on May 2nd running through July 13th. The bone strengthening exercises are low impact and meant for any level of fitness. Men and women are both invited to participate. To register, contact RSVP coordinator Debbie Basile at 665-8039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
***Don’t forget to save your aluminum can tabs to be taken to Synod Assembly the first weekend of June. Place them in the container on the table in the narthex.
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***ELCA Youth Gathering applications
The ELCA Youth Gathering is primarily planned and led by amazing volunteers who serve on 15 planning teams. The Gathering is now accepting applications from individuals who would like to participate in the planning. Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2016. Encourage members to apply today. Questions about the application process can be sent to email@example.com. Learn more at ELCA.org/gathering.
***The ELCA’s first comprehensive campaign, Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, is celebrating the completion of its second year with $80 million in current gifts and pledges, representing 40 percent of the five-year, $198 million goal by Jan. 31, 2019.
A $100,000 match for International Women’s Day was met and surpassed with a total of $123,313 raised! The funds will support scholarships for the International Women Leaders Initiative through ELCA Global Church Sponsorship. Meeting this goal was a huge victory for the Campaign for the ELCA and the women from our global companion churches who receive scholarships as part of this initiative. We give thanks to the generous donor who made the matching gift, all of the donors across the church (more than 650 individuals and congregations) and for everyone’s effort in making this a success. Together, we doubled our impact in women’s education.
▪ for our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
▪ for those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
▪ for victims of violence and their families in all places.
▪ for: Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Phillip Dove, Matt Isaacson, Scott Stearns, JoLynn Stearns, Helen Cogliano, Esther, Zacharary Frazier, Debra Kohl, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Kay Magneson, Ryan Samuelson
▪ People serving in the military and their families, those caught up in violence and war who have no safe home in which to live.
▪ For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.