7th Sunday of Easter
40 days after Easter, the church celebrates Jesus’ ascension into heaven. 50 days after Easter, the church celebrates Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit and the “birth” the church.Today we find ourselves between these 2 significant “events.”
Many pastors, this weekend, will preach on the texts assigned to the 7th Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:6-14; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11. After starting three different sermons (“Thank you” Holy Spirit?!), I decided to preach on the texts assigned to the Ascension of our Lord: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53
Dear friends, ”the church” is not a building. “The church” is (has been from the beginning) PEOPLE—disciples / followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before the risen Christ ascends into heaven, he gives his followers a mission, a promise and a blessing. That mission… that promise… that blessing… is still ours today! We are to be his witnesses. We are to be his “body” in the world. We are to be “the church.”
6th Sunday of Easter
Jesus does not abandon his followers. He abides with us through the Holy Spirit—the Advocate… the Helper… the Comforter—conferred upon us in the waters of baptism.
May the Spirit of truth work within us, pointing us always to Jesus…and transforming us to be the body of Christ in this world, obeying Christ’s commandments and leading others to God – the true source of life.
Scripture Readings: Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20; 1Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21
5th Sunday of Easter
As we continue to celebrate the 50 days of Easter, today’s gospel includes powerful words of promise and assurance—to Jesus’ disciples and to us! This reading is often heard at funerals because of Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for us in his Father’s house. But his promises here aren’t just for “life after death”… they are for us today, too!
As 1Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, called to proclaim the One who called us out of darkness into light. In our words and in our deeds, we bear witness to the risen and living Christ—who is “the Way… the Truth… and the Life”—for us and for everyone!
Scripture Readings: Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16, 1Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14