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!
Readings Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Matthias added to the apostles Psalm 1 The LORD knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6) 1 John 5:9-13 Life in the Son of God John 17:6-19 Christ's prayer for his disciples
Bible Study starts May 12
Jesus disguises himself as "bait" to "catch" the Devil on ahook??? Jesus is a triumphant victor, demolishing the gates of hell??? Jesus is a sacrifice, a lamb slain to atone for our sin? Jesus is a high priest, a mediator between the Christian community and God? The Bible and Christian tradition offer a variety of possibilities for how we might think and speak of Christ--and what Christ does.
Come. Learn about different ways different folks have thought about the wonderfully loaded word "salvation" and its relatives in the Bible and in the Christian tradition.
We'll focus mostly on the New Testament and then move into the Early Church Patriarchs. As always, we'll read right from the Bible or from other ancient texts as we explore this topic (a.k.a "Soteriology"). And we'll chat. And pray. It'll be nice.
Full list of what-we're-gonna-read COMING SOON!
As part of the fundraising efforts for the kid's trip to Lutherdale, we are assembling prizes for a basket raffle. The prizes that we have so far can be seen here. We could use a couple more prizes. If you would like to donate or purchase tickets($3 each or 4 for $10) contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-842-7390 Winners will be drawn at random at The Art Bowl on June 11.
Tri-Sox I have the tickets! If you have paid for a ticket you may pick it up from Rene in the office at any time. If you have not paid for a ticket, but signed up, you may pay for it and pick it up at any time. If you have not signed up, or paid for a ticket but want one, talk to Rene in the office... there may be a couple of extras! Thanks!