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Sundays in May 2018

Worship at 11:00 and 13:30 in the Luther Church

Sunday, May 6, 2018-Sixth Sunday of Easter: Acts 10:44-48 ,Psalm 98 ,1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

Sunday, May 13, 2018-Seventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 ,Psalm 1 ,1 John 5:9-13 ,John 17:6-19 The gospel for Easter’s seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in John’s gospel on the night before his death, and always includes Jesus’ desire that his followers will be one as he and the Father are one. This oneness is not mere doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, but mutual abiding, interpenetrating life, mutual love and joy. This oneness is the work of the Spirit whom we have received but also await. Come, Holy Spirit!

Sunday,May20,2018-Day of Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21 ,Ezekiel 37:1-14 ,Psalm 104:24-34, 35b ,Romans 8:22-27 ,Acts 2:1-21 ,John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism. Ezekiel’s vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos; yet the Spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal way, praying in us “with sighs too deep for words” when we do not know how to pray.

Sunday,May27,2018-The Holy Trinity: Isaiah 6:1-8 ,Psalm 29 ,Romans 8:12-17 ,John 3:1-17 When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there iscommunitywithin God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.

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Sunday Fellowship

All are welcome to stay following our Sunday worship to enjoy a beverage and refreshments. We can only offer this, however, when

  1. we have coffee, tea, or other beverages to serve, and
  2. when someone signs up to host

Please consider helping with supplying coffee, tea or other beverages. Just bring it to church with you or make a donation to that purpose. The host for that Sunday will gladly accept your donation.

Thank you for your generosity as we live lives of service to our neighbor.

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