Blessings as April turns to May and, hopefully, the return of spring-like conditions. We have been celebrating the Eastertide and yet our climatology has been a little unsettled this last week. We saw low 40s and even a couple high 30s overnight in southside. Just a little brisk for my liking but it looks like most of the plants and flowers survived the cool snap. We are preparing for the change of season to spring and then summer and the possibility that lies ahead. Our prayers are with you and your loved ones on May Day 2022.
In worship we were reminded of the mystery of Jesus’ passion and how Jesus’ death leads to a new covenant of reconciliation with God. Our hope is born in the body of Christ as demonstrated in our faith that God’s promises are true and trustworthy. Our Psalmist sang a song that praised God for being the one who lifted the Psalmist in their time of trial. They also realize that God’s providence is always present, but sometimes our sin makes us not able to see God’s presence. Our first reading was from the Acts of the Apostles and the accounting of Paul’s meeting with Ananias after Paul had been struck blind. Ananias was rightfully afraid because of what Paul had done, but God reminded him that God had greater plans for both Paul and Ananias – they only needed Ananias’ faithful action. Our lesson from the Revelation to John was the story of the heavenly host singing and praising God and Jesus.
Our sermon was based on the reading from John’s gospel where Peter and 7 others have returned to fishing (with little success) following Jesus’ resurrection. After their failure, Jesus meets the disciples at breakfast and opens their eyes to the real calling they have – not fishing but fishing and calling people. If only they can remember their call and support.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/59WGFiH_b1I
Video of sermon: https://youtu.be/3b7XCorB1AE