Sunday, April 30, 2017 Third Sunday of Easter Introduction
Today’s gospel begins with two disciples walking to Emmaus, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. They had hoped Jesus, who was crucified, would be the one to redeem Israel! Yet the risen Christ walks with them, and then opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts burn within us as the scriptures are proclaimed and Christ appears to us as bread is broken and wine is poured. The story of Emmaus becomes the pattern of our worship each Lord’s day.
Prayer of the Day
O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Today’s reading is the conclusion of Peter’s sermon preached following the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. The center of his preaching is the bold declaration that God has made the crucified Jesus both Lord and Christ.
Psalm: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
I will call on the name of the Lord. (Ps. 116:13)
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23
The imagery of exile is used to help the readers of this letter understand that they are strangers in a strange land. Christians no longer belong to this age. Through the death of Christ we belong to God, so that our focus, faith, and hope are no longer on such things as silver or gold.
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
The colorful story of Jesus’ appearance to two disciples on the road to Emmaus answers the question of how Jesus is to be recognized among us. Here, he is revealed through the scriptures and in the breaking of bread.
Jesus the Lamb –
endured persecution, suffering, and death on a cross, sacrificing himself for us all
Jesus the Savior –
was raised from the dead, forever breaking the chains of sin and death
Jesus the Shepherd –
calls us, finds us, and leads us back into the fold
God’s abundant love is revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice and triumphant resurrection shatters all chains, opens all doors, and reveals an endless realm of possibilities.
The gate is open!
There is hope in all things. There will always be a light shining in the darkness. No matter how far we stray, we will be led back. No matter how lost we are, the Shepherd will find us. Our fears and doubts and questions no longer have control. Regardless of any danger that surrounds us, we will be protected. We are not alone, and there is nothing we cannot do with Christ by our side.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
God’s love has opened the Gate!
Shared Ministry Update
The Together in Christ shared parish team has met with Pastor Paul Ostrem, Assistant to the Bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, in the past few weeks. Another candidate’s name has been received.
Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting
Sunday, May 7th we will hold our semi-annual congregational meeting. A potluck (please bring a dish(es) to share) will follow the worship service with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.
This meeting is primarily to hold elections for executive council, ministry teams, audit committee, nominating committee, and synod representatives for the annual synod assembly as well as celebrate all that All Saints Lutheran Church has accomplished in the past year.
We will also be voting on a revision to the Together in Christ Joint Parish Agreement.
Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
There are several opportunities to work in the food pantry and clothing closet each week. If we don’t have at least two (2) people to work the food pantry and one (1) person to work the clothing closet we are unable to open our doors for those in need that week.
Clothing Closet Workday
Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm there will be a clothing closet workday. The primary goal will be to trade out the winter clothing for the spring/summer clothing. Remember many hands truly do make light work! If you have any questions, please contact Sheryn Levings (563-370-0924).
Jane and Tolomeo are immigrants from Peru who have been attending All Saints for over a year on a regular basis. We first met them at our Food Pantry and have had the privilege of getting to know them and their story. They came to the U.S. because their daughter was attending college in Florida. They also have a son in Florida.
Their daughter graduated with an engineering degree and accepted an internship and later a position with John Deere here in Davenport. She married and had two sons. Tragically, their daughter died of a brain tumor about a year ago. Their grandsons are here in Davenport.
Jane is working part time at Lincoln School in Rock Island as a Spanish teacher and Tolomeo, who has two degrees (engineering and law), has been unable to find work. At this time, Tolomeo is willing to do odd jobs such as yard work, cleaning houses, or anything along that line.
Jane and Tolomeo are wonderful people who are more than willing to work. If you, or anyone you know could help them out by giving them work it would be greatly appreciated. They both are learning English but do not speak it well at this point.
If you could help them out, this is their telephone number (641) 781-1432.