A rummage sale will be held Friday, May 19 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Proceeds will benefit having the church steeple re-painted. All are welcome.
(We read in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, that Stephen was one of the seven men chosen by the apostles to serve tables so that the apostles could be free to serve the word. Stephen does more than distribute food, however. For his preaching of God’s word, he becomes the first martyr of the faith.)
Read Acts 7: 55 – 60,
When have you forgiven someone whom others would have wished harm or vengeance?
(Jesus, as the one through whom God is known, promises to go before his followers and act on their behalf.)
Read John 14: 1 – 14,
Which words or actions of Jesus have had the greatest impact on your life and behavior?
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 7: 55 – 60
Psalm 31: 1 – 5
1 Peter 2: 2 – 10
John 14: 1 – 14
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
(Doing the right things does not guarantee that one will not experience difficulties, hardships, rejection, or even suffering. In the following reading Christ is presented as the model for our path of endurance and loyalty to God, particularly in the midst of adversity.)
Read 1 Peter 2 : 19 – 25,
What injustice stirs you so much that you would sacrifice just about anything to create change?
(The following reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles is a description of life in an early Christian community. This new community is founded on the teachings of the apostles and sustained in the breaking of the bread.)
Read Acts 2 : 42 – 47,
If you could develop any one faith practice in our congregation, what would it be?
(Jesus uses an image familiar to the people of his day to make a point about spiritual leadership. A good shepherd brings people to life through Jesus, but those who avoid Jesus are dangerous to the flock.)
Read John 10: 1 – 10,
How do you figure out whom to believe, whom to follow?
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:42 – 47
1 Peter 2: 19 – 25
John 10: 1 – 10
“O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”
(Christians no longer belong to this age. Through the death of Christ we belong to God, so that our focus, faith, and hope are no longer on such things as silver or gold.)
Read 1 Peter 1: 17 – 23,
What are you reluctant to trust God to do or be?
A talent show and dinner will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church starting at 12 noon, on Saturday, May 6th. Cost is $5. This event is a fund raiser for a new and exciting program: “Incredible Creations Kids’ Club” coming this summer. All are welcome!