April 7, 2016
John 21: 1-19
for Sunday, April 10
Revelation 5: 11-14
John 21: 1-19
Have you ever noticed how special conversation around the table can be? There is something about fellowship with food that relaxes us and causes us to let our guard down. As I read this passage from John, all I can think of is that it was all about food…the disciples couldn’t catch any fish to eat, after Jesus’ directions, they caught so many fish, that it was amazing the net didn’t break and finally, Jesus is already preparing a meal for the exhausted fisherman. Nothing like breakfast on the beach with Jesus. But that is not all, Jesus commanded Peter to feed his sheep.
When we encounter Jesus, we are changed and will never be the same. Jesus can be revealed in a blinding light on the road, in an abundance of fish, in breakfast on the beach. God uses all sorts of surprising things—bread, wine, water, words of forgiveness—to convert us. Like baptism, this conversion is both a once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing event and a daily process—a change that comes again and again, like Jesus’ question to Peter: “Do you love me?” Again and again, Jesus calls us to follow him. For Saul, the journey doesn’t end with the blinding light on the road. For Peter, the journey doesn’t end with breakfast on the beach. Conversion sets each of them, and each of us, on a path that continues for the rest of our life on earth—and leads into life eternal. (sundaysandseasons.com)
Life with Jesus is never dull. Let us continue to be fed by him so that we may feed others.
1After [he appeared to his followers in Jerusalem,] Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. 9When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. 15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”
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.
***A combined worship service will be held Sunday, April 17th, at First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler St., Jamestown, at 10:00 am with our Bishop, John Macholz, preaching. In lieu of worship at our respective churches, St. Timothy and our covenant church St. Mark, will be attending worship at First Lutheran - no service or Sunday school will be held at either of our churches that morning. Offerings should be put into the regular church offering envelopes and will be given to each church following the service. Loose offerings will be given to a charity to be determined.
Sylvia Lipsey is coordinating car-pooling to the worship service at First Lutheran. If you are interested, please see her after church this Sunday or contact her at 720-5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
***Also on Sunday, April 17th, at 3:00 pm, please plan to attend the Southwestern Conference Spring Assembly at Zion Lutheran, 45 Falconer St., Frewsburg. Upstate NY Synod Bishop John Macholz will be our guest for the assembly. All are invited!
***The annual Purse Auction Fundraiser by Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ of Southern Chautauqua County) will be held Friday, April 29th from 6:00-9:00 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 W. Fairmont Ave., Lakewood. $5.00 admission at the door. Men’s, Women’s and Children’s bags for all occasions filled with valuables will be auctioned.
***Spring 2016 Diakonia – presented by the Conference education team for all interested people:
Saturday, April 30 – 9:00-3:00 (sign in starts at 8:30 a.m.) $20/person at Trinity Lutheran Church, 8760 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY 14051 (688-9245)
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Worship and Spiritual Formation – Pr. Dan Hoffman; includes church year, worship, private devotions and spiritual formation. This is a core course for the Upstate NY Synod Deacon training.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Color Your Faith – half day AM – Mary Wolf; put some color in the words of Scripture that mean the most to you.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Theological Interpretation of Scripture – half day PM – Pr. Werner Weinreich
To register, call 835-0407 or email email@example.com by April 25.
***Join us for Bible Study, Fridays at 10:30 am at the home of MajBritt Traynor, 7 Sunnyside, Bemus Point. Everyone is invited!
***Healthy Bones exercise class is being held at St. Timothy on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. The current session runs through April 27.
Living and Telling the Story of Jesus
Thursday April 14 - 7:30 PM EDT
Why are we, who have experienced the grace of God in Christ, so unlikely to
[if !supportLists]· [endif]talk about Jesus?
[if !supportLists]· [endif]What holds us back?
[if !supportLists]· [endif]What sets us free?
[if !supportLists]· [endif]What practical practices might be put into place to offer testimony to others?
The Synods of Region 3 have come together to create a TED talk style event -- Live-streamed and open to all people -- to explore these questions and offer foundations and approaches to "Grace-based evangelizing".
To learn more or register for this event visit http://www.swmnelca.org/events.html
Saturday, April 23, 2016
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY
JumpStart! Registration ends on Monday, April 11
A one day workshop to help your church "jump start" your ministry with new approaches to using your buildings.
If maintaining your church buildings is causing anxiety and stress for your parish leaders, you'll want to be part of JumpStart! CNY/Upstate, an inspirational day with the Episcopal Church Building Fund.
You'll learn how to transform your buildings into an asset that will help you build ecumenical partnerships, generate income for ministry, and increase your relevance to your neighborhood.
The Diocese of Central New York and the Lutheran Upstate New York Synod are proud to partner with the Episcopal Church Building Fund to bring the JumpStart! conference to Central New York.
Clergy, wardens, parish administrators, and members of vestries and building committees are especially encouraged to attend.
▪ 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.
▪ Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Rochester due a fire on February 18th.
▪ for: Vernon Allport, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Rochester due a fire, 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, those serving in the military, 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.