Happy Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday – not a day just for our birth mothers but a Sunday to celebrate those women who were formative in our lives. We offer greetings to those who awoke to a rather brisk Sunday morning and those who might be digging out from yesterday’s snowfall. What’s one more crazy thing in our 2020 – snow in May in the low-lands (not the mountain region of the nation). We are welcoming the turn of the season and wonder what the next weeks will bring as most of the country considers how to relax some restrictions while maintaining public safety. One hope for us is finding a way to worship on Pentecost at the pond altar – but how to make that happen is still unknown.

On the fifth Sunday of Easter our lectionary begins the transition from Easter toward life after Pentecost. The psalmist sings a story of God’s saving presence, restating the words of commendation, “Into your hands I commend my spirit” to help us remember that God is always present to those who trust. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles told the story of Stephen’s stoning and sacrifice at the hands of those who didn’t trust the promise found in Jesus. The first letter of Peter reminds us that if we trust in God’s grace we will see God ‘s grace and if we don’t trust in God’s grace we won’t realize God’s grace. The focus of today’s sermon was a reflection on John’s gospel and the promise that Jesus was going to prepare a place for us in God’s house. This place wasn’t just something to hope for but an assurance that Jesus will be with us along the way. How is God’s promise made clear to you today?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14

Worship video: https://youtu.be/2sW_R8fTpZA

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