Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Thank you to St John's Lutheran Church Wauwatosa
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
- Philippians 4:6
- Philippians 4:6
No one will care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Text: John 11:25-26
Theme: Easter = Contentment
For the people of God, the Festival of the Resurrection of our Lord needs little introduction. This morning we gather to hear the glorious news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. Because he lives, we will live…forever. And because our Lord has triumphed over the grave, “alleluia” makes a triumphant return to our worship today after a six-week absence during Lent and Holy Week. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
THE FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 12:1-6
Isaiah leads us in an Easter song of praise. We sing to the LORD
with joyful and contented hearts because of what he has done for us this day.
THE SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
St. Paul gives an excellent summary of our Christian faith. Christ Jesus lived, died, and rose again for us. He appeared to many people, proving that he had indeed risen from the dead and is our Savior.
THE GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 24:1-12
The first witnesses of the empty tomb were the women who went to anoint Jesus’ body with spices. The angels announced to them the great good news: “He is not here; he has risen!” They, in turn, told the disciples – who were not immediately convinced that Christ had indeed risen.
(numbered hymns are from "Christian Worship" unless otherwise noted)
156 - Awake, My Heart, With Gladness
341 (v. 3) - Crown Him with Many Crowns
160 - This Joyful Eastertide
158 - I Am Content! My Jesus Lives Again
152 (vs. 1,2,6,7,8) - I Know that My Redeemer Lives
Readings for the Week of Easter
M Acts 10:34-43
T Acts 13:16a, 26-33
W Acts 3:12-20
TH Acts 8:26-40
F 1 Peter 3:18-22
S 1 Peter 2:1-10
March 30, 2013
Write down your thoughts about the verses:
Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24_________________________________________
Psalm 31:1-4 ______________________________________________
1 Peter 4:1-8____________________________________________________
Holy Week invites us into a world full of betrayal, abandonment, mockery, violence, and ultimately death. Those three sacred days which constitute one unfolding liturgy, call us to experience communion, loss, and the border spaces of unknowing. In my opinion Holy Saturday is a personal invitation for the believer while at home to make a conscious passage through the liminal realm of in-between.
The wide space of Holy Saturday that lingers between the suffering and death of Jesus and His For me, Holy Saturday evokes much about the human condition—the ways we are called to let go of things or people, identities or securities and then wonder what will rise up out of the ashes of our lives.
The suffering that we experience because of pain or grief or great sorrow and we don't know if we will ever grasp joy again. Much of our lives rest in that space between loss, hope, and that awesome gift of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.