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Fourth Sunday of Easter: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
May 8, 2022 @ 10:00 am
The message for May 8 is called “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?” (Credit to Lin Manuel Miranda…) We’ll reflect on the 23rd Psalm in song form and we’ll hear a story of resurrection from the book of Acts. With the Psalm we are reminded of God’s presence in the shadows and even to death. With the story from Acts, we know the good news that God’s love is more powerful than death. As we find ourselves now in the Fourth Sunday of Easter this particular story of resurrection speaks to God’s concern for the most vulnerable, and even more, we’ll discover how God resurrects the stories of the vulnerable and the marginalized far beyond our physical lives. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) will also celebrate the coming ordination of Heather McDougal with the gift of a new stole to be worn in worship, and as this is a Coffeehouse Sunday, our Change the World offering will go towards the good work with vulnerable woman at our local YWCA.
Worship note: To give a visual for this morning’s reading from Acts about Tabitha (aka Dorcas), the Coffeehouse Planning Team opted to place handmade items that represent ways persons have been offered similar compassion in our midst. There is a prayer quilt, tied by members of a church to represent prayers being offered for someone with cancer, and there are prayer shawls, made by needleworkers in this congregation, to wrap persons in love going through difficult times. We also were offered shawls made and gifted “just because” to offer the message of love to friends and family. These tangible gifts are one of the many ways love and care may be offered to those in our midst. Just as Tabitha offered herself, consider all the ways that we may do this for one another and for our community. If you are interested in making prayer shawls for our Caring Committee, please contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Led by: Rev. Matt Weiler