Resources for the 5th
Sunday of Easter
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Prayer of Confession
Giver of all life, you call us into a relationship of love with you and
with our fellow human beings. We confess that we have not loved you with our
whole heart, that we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. Forgive us,
we pray, and empower us so we may love you more than everything else, you
who have loved us first. Let us seek to love you in receiving and serving,
in our going out and our going in. Free us for a life in joyful obedience
and commitment to you, our neighbor, and our world. May your love inspire
and infuse our everyday lives. In Jesus name. Amen.
Catching Up With God,
by Frank Schaefer
I'd like to begin by sharing a
little humorous notice: about The Perfect Pastor.
....The Perfect Pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes, condemns sin
roundly, but never hurts anyone's feelings. S/he works from 8 a.m. until
midnight, and is also the church janitor.
....The Perfect Pastor makes
$40 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car, buys good books,
and donates $30 a week to the parish, is 29 years old and has 40
years' worth of experience. Above all, s/he is handsome ...
This humorous letter has something to do with todayís message. It is
just human nature that we have our certain expectations: a congregation
has certain expectations of their new pastor, and more often than not,
there are a few surprises. Even if a church would hire the re-incarnated
Jesus, Iím sure some people would be complaining about something. Often
in the gospels, not even the disciples could catch up with what Jesus
was doing. Often they were dumbfounded as Jesus did something they did
not expect. It was almost like Jesus was saying: "surprise" at every
corner of the way.
Well, after Jesus had ascended to heaven and the church began to
thrive following Pentecost, God had more surprises in store. This
morning we read about a major crisis in the young church of Christ--one
that required the meeting of the apostolic church board in Jerusalem.
Peter must have been sweating bullets when he was called before the
apostolic board in Jerusalem.
I know very well how Peter must have felt. Iíve been before the board
of the ordained ministry. That really put the fear of God in me. Can you
imagine what it is like to be asked theological questions by a panel of
6 board members, trying to determine if my knowledge, my background, my
calling, etc. is good enough to be an ordained minister.
Perhaps that's how Peter felt
as he was charged with serious charges before the council at Jerusalem:
he was accused of having watered down the gospel of Christ. . .
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