“Alleluia! Christ is Risen!”
“Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
Can you believe it is already the seventh Sunday of Easter? We’ve been raising our alleluia shouts about the resurrection for seven weeks now and are no less excited this week than we were on Easter Sunday! This week, Jesus leaves the disciples, and us, with a prayer that we would be one just as he and the Father are one. In our Gospel reading, Jesus also reminds us that though we are in this world, we are not of it. Sanctified by God and sent by the Spirit, we are called to share the shockingly all-encompassing love of the Triune God.
This week, we are also celebrating Commitment Sunday when we will be committing to the mission campaign at St. Peter’s. After prayerfully considering your pledge, you are encouraged commit to supporting the ministries at St. Peter’s with a commitment. Thank you for your careful planning and consideration!
Here are our appointed readings for this week for you to read and meditate on as you prepare your hearts for worship this weekend.
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Matthias added to the apostles
The Lord knows the way of the righteous
1 John 5:9-13
Life in the Son of God
Christ’s prayer for his disciples
During our worship this week we have a lot to celebrate. First we recall Jesus’ ascension to heaven (celebrated yesterday) and boldly sing our Alleluias for one more week with the hymn Alleluia! Sing to Jesus. In this hymn we also extol the person of Jesus as being one with the creator, author of our salvation, and the embodiment of love. This week, being commitment Sunday for the mission campaign, we will also sing At This Altar, the hymn that St. Peter’s commissioned from Mark Oldenburg as a part of the Mission and Vision Statement process. This hymn draws out the aspects of ministry at St. Peter’s that have been identified as central to the church’s mission and puts them in the context of the ministry of the church as a whole.
On this commitment Sunday and Sunday when Jesus is praying over the disciples before they are sent out into the world, where are you being sent? Where is St. Peter’s being sent? What is scary about being sent to these places? How can we as individuals and as a church be in the world, but not of it, spreading the good news of God’s love for all?