Blessings to you on a wonderful sunny Sunday in mid-April. The buttercups are blooming in the church yard and the milkweed is getting ready to bloom. The rhododendron are rapidly going from budding to dropping but there is a lot of color in the yard. We’ve also started getting a lot of different birds at the feeder – in fact a woodpecker just dropped in. The big news of the week, the water damage in the Parish Hall/temporary worship space has been repaired and the contractors are almost done – a few touch-ups remain. This is a lovely time of year for Suffolk and we pray God’s grace and blessings are on you.
In worship we asked that, just like Jesus made himself known to the disciples in the breaking of the bread, that we can have the eyes of our faith opened to see God’s presence and God’s redeeming work. Our Psalmist served the reminder that God answers when we call, if we are attuned to God’s answer. And God still answers, even when we look away the answer is still there. The Epistle of John reminds us that God has loved us because we are God’s children, and because God loves us we are supposed reveal God’s love to others. The gospel of Luke tells us that Jesus really came to the disciples in person after his death and that all he promised was in accordance with the scriptures, not just something that they contrived. Our reading from Acts was the principle reading for our sermon. In this reading Peter told his people (and us) that it isn’t what we do that makes things happen. It is the work of God, promised through the ages and attested by believers across time, that saves us. Our mission today is to help others believe the promises made by God and then see the hand of God in the world.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/VDrr9DleyI0