This week’s alternate psalm text, Psalm 34:1-8, encapsulates what might be called an attitude of gratitude: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.... I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.... This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.” But as team member Mary Austin points out in this installment of The Immediate Word, many of us take for granted the gifts we have been blessed with.
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Christopher Keating Thomas Willadsen Ron Love Mary Austin George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For April 28, 2019:
Finding Resurrection Among Smoldering Ruins by Chris Keating — The aftermath of the fiery destruction of Notre Dame of Paris, as well as the recent burnings of African American churches in the south, provides a contemporary connection to our search for resurrection hope in moments of fearful desperation.
This Sunday’s lessons proclaim that God and his resurrection have their way with us.
Historically the Sunday after Easter was the first Sunday when newly baptized members could be admitted into the fellowship as full members of the church. Consequently the theme of having life determined by something bigger than we are (the resurrection of Jesus) is most appropriate.
Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Bob Ove Frank Ramirez Ron Love Mark Ellingsen
Acts 5:27-32 This lesson is the story of what the Holy Spirit can do to change lives, the courage the Spirit gave Peter to witness to authorities, the courage given to the Church today to stand up to the powers that be. Regarding the Holy Spirit modern Latin Evangelical theologian Zaida Perez has written:
I shall never forget that moment on February 11, 1990 when Nelson Mandela was freed after nearly 30 years in captivity in South Africa. It was one of those magic moments shared, thanks to television, with the whole world.
There have been a number of occasions in my life where I have had the opportunity to make a complete fool of myself, and sad to say, I have generally taken full advantage of each one of those opportunities as they came along. I suppose I could prove the point by regaling you with dozens of pertinent stories, but for the sake of preserving your time and my dignity, I will tell you just one.