|A REFLECTION FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER|
This week, we continue a series of sermons that focus on the Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life. All of the seven practices—Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest—invite us to use two other practices, also essential for a church seeking a new rector, and for Christians trying to determine how to live in a time of unprecedented change. With Reflection and Discernment, we can look at our lives as individuals and in community, to see how they can lead us to further understanding of who Jesus Christ is, and what he asks of us.
Last week, in considering Turn, we looked at the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and how they turned from fear and doubt as they realized that it was Jesus who was explicating the scriptures to them, and breaking bread with them. They saw that the old ways weren’t going to work any longer. They turned in a new direction.
This week, through the prism of looking at Jesus as the Good Shepherd, we Learn about Jesus as both a care-giver and a leader. A child in Sunday School once said that she thought Jesus the Good Shepherd was like Mr. Kennedy, the policeman that helped kids to cross a busy street near their school. Asked if he also led the kids down the street, she said that was more like the Drum Major leading the band down the field with his big baton keeping time.
Like the little girl, we can have a hard time understanding exactly who Jesus is for us. There are familiar words like “Lord” and “Savior” but it is worth reflecting on how Jesus has appeared in our lives, and what he means for each of us. Who keeps you safe from traffic? Who marks the time to keep you marching, and playing with the rest of the band?
Consider whether prayer life with more rhythm and regularity, a time of Bible Study that involves both the disciplines of reading and prayer, and the sharing of fellowship, might make the music of your life sweeter.
God’s bright blessings on you in the week to come. He is risen! Practice Resurrection!
We will be hosting a Live Virtual Coffee hour on-line via Zoom this Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. You may join at anytime and stay for as long as you like during the session. This is a live meeting, therefore we are taking safety precautions and will be using the “waiting room.” Please contact Laura Harrigan for information on how to join.
You can view the Virtual Worship Service at anytime and follow along using the bulletin. You can also do Morning Prayer on your own using the bulletin or you can use other electronic sites (URL follows at bottom of page).
ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE You can join us for our Virtual Worship Service by clicking HERE. Once the video comes up, just click play (the little arrow at the bottom left).
THE PRINTABLE BULLETIN
The bulletin contains the entire service including the lessons, minus the sermon so that you can follow the service easier. It is designed to be printed on regular 8½ x 11 paper. To view/print a copy, please click HERE.
To view/print a copy of the sermon, please click HERE.
USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, May 3rd.