Blessings to all as the middle of May approaches and our thoughts beginning to move from spring and new life to summer and the growth that lies in wait for the right conditions. We have had an interesting week in Chuckatuck and have spent time looking at the coming of Pentecost, all the while listening for God’s challenge for new growth and new life. This coming week we will host a blood drive on Thursday and some of our members will help celebrate the reburial of remains from the Bridger family at St. Luke’s church in Smithfield. There is definitely no resting on our laurels as we continue to do God’s work in our community.
In worship, we were encouraged to remember that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and that Jesus’ mission is to equip us for a radically new life of faith. Our first reading was from the Acts of the Apostles and related Peter’s defense of eating with and converting Gentiles to Christianity. Peter explained the radical change he had in his understanding of ministry after the revelation of Cornelius’ preparation for conversion. Our Psalmist sang to remind us that we need to praise God. And not simply because we should, but we need to follow suit with all creation in its praise of God. The gospel reading from John related Jesus’ command to the Disciples – to love one another and that in that love others will see God. Our sermon was based on the reading from the Revelation to John where John relates seeing a new heaven and new earth descending from heaven and God coming to reside with humans. John reminds us of the radical nature of life as God’s followers on earth. We are reminded that God doesn’t bring an end to what is present without having something new in its place.
I invite your comments and likes,
Readings: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 20:1-6; John 13:31-35
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/NtDrf_4PGAE
Video of sermon: https://youtu.be/9-MR3scP_bU