“Good News” Newsletter – June 2015

The June 2015 edition of your Abiding Presence Lutheran Church “Good News” newsletter is now available:

Abiding Presence Good News – June 2015

In this issue:

  • Faith Milestones at APLC
  • The Eagle has Landed!
  • BBQ Fun
  • A Note from your Editor

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at http://www.doveandcross.org/newsletter/.

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, May 24th

Day of Pentecost
On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism. Ezekiel’s vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos; yet the Spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal way, praying in us “with sighs too deep for words” when we do not know how to pray.

First Reading: Acts 2:1-21
Filled with the Spirit to tell God’s deeds
Psalm: Psalm 104:25-35, 37 (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b NRSV)
Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. (Ps. 104:31)
Second Reading: Romans 8:22-27
Praying with the Spirit
Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Christ sends the Spirit of truth
Liturgical Color: Red

 

Pentecost at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

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This Week in Worship – for Sunday, May 17th

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The gospel for Easter’s seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in John’s gospel on the night before his death, and always includes Jesus’ desire that his followers will be one as he and the Father are one. This oneness is not mere doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, but mutual abiding, interpenetrating life, mutual love and joy. This oneness is the work of the Spirit whom we have received but also await. Come, Holy Spirit!

First Reading: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Matthias added to the apostles
Psalm: Psalm 1 (Psalm 1 NRSV)
The LORD knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6)
Second Reading: 1 John 5:9-13
Life in the Son of God
Gospel: John 17:6-19
Christ’s prayer for his disciples
Liturgical Color: White

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, May 10th

Sixth Sunday of Easterimage051015

This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

First Reading: Acts 10:44-48
The Spirit poured out on the Gentiles
Psalm: Psalm 98
Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands. (Ps. 98:5)
Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-6
The victory of faith
Gospel: John 15:9-17
Christ the friend and lover
Liturgical Color: White

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, May 3rd

Fifth Sunday of Easter image050315

This Sunday’s image of how the risen Christ shares his life with us is the image of the vine. Christ the vine and we the branches are alive in each other, in the mystery of mutual abiding that we read of in the gospel and the first letter of John. Baptism makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. As the vine brings food to the branches, Christ feeds us at his table. We are sent out to bear fruit for the life of the world.

First Reading: Acts 8:26-40
Philip teaches and baptizes an Ethiopian
Psalm: Psalm 22:24-30 (Psalm 22:25-31 NRSV)
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD. (Ps. 22:26)
Second Reading: 1 John 4:7-21
God’s love perfected in love for one another
Gospel: John 15:1-8
Christ the vine
Liturgical Color: White

“Good News” Newsletter – May 2015

The May 2015 edition of your Abiding Presence Lutheran Church “Good News” newsletter is now available:

Abiding Presence Good News – May 2015

In this issue:

  • Celebrating our Sticky Notes
  • APPLE Seeds News
  • APLC Financial Support
  • Agapé Ganza

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at http://www.doveandcross.org/newsletter/.

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, April 26th

Fourth Sunday of Easter image042615

The image of the Good Shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sister or brother in need.

First Reading: Acts 4:5-12
Salvation in the name of Jesus
Psalm: Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1)
Second Reading: 1 John 3:16-24
Love in truth and action
Gospel: John 10:11-18
Christ the shepherd
Liturgical Color: White

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, April 19th

Third Sunday of Easterimage041915

 On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen!

First Reading: Acts 3:12-19
Health and forgiveness through the risen Jesus
Psalm: Psalm 4
The LORD does wonders for the faithful. (Ps. 4:3)
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-7
The revealing of the children of God
Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48
Eating with the risen Christ
Liturgical Color: White

 

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, April 12th

Second Sunday of Easter image041215

The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self in the broken bread. From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need.

First Reading: Acts 4:32-35
The believers’ common life
Psalm: Psalm 133
How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)
Second Reading: 1 John 1:1–2:2
Walking in the light
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ
Liturgical Color: White