April 17, 2016
Readings for this Sunday:
Acts 9: 36 - 43:• Psalm 23 • Revelation 7: 9 - 17 • John 10: 22 - 30
We have entered into Easter, which is a season, not just a day. To be precise, it is a week of weeks--seven weeks, including Sundays, plus a great 50th day--Pentecost. Keep an eye on the artwork in the sanctuary as the Sundays build and a vision of God's salvation unfolds.
This coming Sunday we will hear the familiar words of the 23rd psalm: The Lord is my Shepherd, I Shall Not Want. So familiar that it's words are beautifully sung in the beloved theme song for a popular BBC show The Vicar of Dibley. Does this psalm contain a memory or a hope that is important to you? We will talk about this and other themes, questions, and thoughts that may be stirred in worship.
Voltaire, 18th century
"It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection."
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop, 20th century
"Miracles... seem to me to rest not so much upon... healing power coming suddenly near us from afar but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that, for a moment, our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there around us always."
E. B. White, 20th century
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for [us] if [we] spent less time proving that [we] can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."