Pentecost 22 Preview

This Sunday is a special day. We gather for worship with one combined Traditional service at 9am in the sanctuary and one combined New Day service at 9am in the Family Life center. The Annual Meeting begins at 10:30 am. Sunday School for children and youth begins at 10:30am

“Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”   

-Luke 20:36, 38

The Gospel text for this week focuses on the resurrection. For tens of thousands of years, humans have speculated about an afterlife. What will it be like?

We may not know the details. We believe in “the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” (Apostles’ Creed) We believe in the promise of new life in Christ. This promise rests in our faith that after death Jesus Christ was transformed into new life and that God will do the same for God’s children.

As God’s children, what would it mean if we became “like the angels” right now? How do we share the message about God’s good news for life in “the now and the not yet?”

Sunday’s Worship Music

Sunday’s Traditional Worship Hymn of the Day was commissioned in celebration of the ministry study we completed in 2018. We sing this hymn today as we gather for another annual meeting at St. Peter’s. We remind each other in this hymn who we are as the body of Christ in Lancaster, PA, USA, North America, Earth.

New Day Worship Song is a love song to God’s awesome presence. Our God creates, redeems, and sustains life. We are a part of the beauty of God’s handiwork. Sometimes God’s goodness is too much for words to describe. 

For Further Reflection

Our theme for this Sunday focuses on our God of the living—including eternal life and life lived right now. 

If God is a “God of the living,” then followers of Jesus are about things that bring life. 

In what ways can you, as a messenger of God,  bring life to people around you?

Rev. Sarah Teichmann

Pastor of Christian Formation

Pastor Sarah served as Pastor of Christian Formation at St. Peter’s from 2014 – 2021. She now serves the wider church as a partner at Kirby-Smith Associates.

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