Readings and Psalm for Sunday, May 10, 2020, Fifth Sunday of Easter

As we continue to celebrate the fifty days of Easter, Sunday’s gospel includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father’s house. Our baptism commissions us to share Jesus’ mission in the world. As 1 Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, called to proclaim the one who called us out of darkness into light. In words and deeds we bear witness to the risen Christ—our way, our truth, our life.

Prayer of the Day

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.

Readings and Psalm

Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

First Reading: Acts 7:55-60

55Filled with the Holy Spirit, [Stephen] gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

Psalm: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2Incline your ear to me;
make haste to deliver me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold;
for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
4Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,
for you are my tower of strength.
5Into your hands I commend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
15My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.”

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-10

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,”
8and
“A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

Gospel: John 14:1-14

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

Readings for Sunday, May 3, 2020, Fourth Sunday of Easter

This Sunday is sometimes called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Jesus is called the “gate” of the sheep in Sunday’s gospel. The risen Christ opens the way to abundant life. He anoints our heads with oil and guides us beside the still waters of our baptism. Each Sunday he spreads a feast before us amid the world’s violence and war. We go forth to be signs of the resurrection and extend God’s tender care to all creation.

Prayer of the Day

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.

Readings and Psalm

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

First Reading: Acts 2:42-47

42[The baptized] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Psalm: Psalm 23

1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff —
they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
my whole life long.

 

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25

19It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
22“He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Gospel: John 10:1-10

[Jesus said:] 1“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Cana Hall Renovations

Background Information

One of our “pending projects” for many years has been the renovation of Cana Hall. This space is used exclusively for the ministry needs of our community. It is an important space in our church building, as it is one of the primary spaces where we offer hospitality to many community groups. Weekly, we serve a community meal from this space in partnership with Hanover Community Kitchen (formally Students Fighting Hunger). Our incredible group of quilters from the community (most not OSLC members) use this space often to make quilts in partnership with Lutheran World Relief. The space often hosts OSHER at Dartmouth, local nonprofit meetings, or other gatherings for our community. We are fortunate to steward this space as an important part of our community presence. And, it is in need of some TLC. Most importantly, the original asbestos floor has started to crumble and needs to be addressed. The space will also be renovated and updated to better fit the needs of our ministry use. At our 2019 Annual Meeting (held on January 26, 2020) the congregation approved the renovation of Cana Hall and the associated expenditures from our designated/restricted Cana Hall Fund, as well as from a $15,000 grant that Pastor Kyle secured from a generous source that prefers to remain anonymous. During this time when our building is closed, we are taking important steps towards our goal to make this space viable for future ministry!

Step One – Prepare the Room

In preparation for asbestos abatement, Cana Hall was emptied of everything that wasn’t bolted down (and some things that were)! Appropriate professionals (electricians and heating/propane professionals) were called in to assure everything was done properly.

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Step Two – Remove the Carpet

In order to save on costs, the carpet was removed. It gave us a good fight, but we won in the end!

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Samantha came. Samantha saw. Samantha conquered!

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Step Three – Asbestos Abatement

We have contracted with a certified professional company to do the asbestos abatement for us. This is a very secure and sterile process that includes lots of special equipment and set-up. This step was completed on May 13, 2020.

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Step Four – Install a New Floor

Once all the old asbestos tile and mastic is gone, we can install a new flooring surface. Many, many, many hours of research went into our new flooring options, and we feel confident that we have found a great product for the floor that will be durable, safe, waterproof, and serve our needs well into the future. Check out our new floor! Installation was finished on May 21, 2020.

 

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Step 5 – Everything Else!

We know there is much more to do after the floor. Drywall, painting, technology, etc. Stay tuned for more details!

Bread for the World Sunday

We invite you to learn more about hunger and its impacts in the U.S. and globally at bread.org/write-congress, then please act by sending email messages to your elected officials.  Sample messages are provided in the links below to help get you started.   [Scroll down for the Temple Talk delivered by Paul Manganiello during our April 26, 2020 Virtual Worship Service.]

  1.  Click here to customize and send an email urging your elected officials to help end child malnutrition internationally. 
  2. Click here to customize and send an email urging your elected officials to end summer hunger.
  3. Click here to customize and send an email to urge your elected officials to respond to COVID-19 and support vulnerable populations. Learn more about COVID-19 and Hunger here.

Text delivered by Paul Manganiello during virtual worship service on Sunday, April 26, 2020, the Third Sunday of Easter:

Good morning. Hope you are all doing well. My name is Paul Manganiello, a member of OSLC’s Social Ministry Committee. This is our 2020 “virtual” annual Bread for the World, Offering of Letters.

Bread will focus on childhood nutrition. In addition to continuing our advocacy work to improve global nutrition, we will also be paying attention to those experiencing hunger in the United States.

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More than 820 million people in the world were food insecure in 2018, which causes many of the world’s children to suffer from malnutrition roughly 20 percent, or 150 million are not growing as they should, and malnutrition also threaten their very lives 7 percent—or roughly 50 million children under the age of 5.

The United Nation’s intervention strategy is aimed at the all-important 1,000 days, from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy through to her child’s second birthday. This time frame is critical for a child’s health and future well being. Malnutrition before the second birthday can be responsible for irreversible damage to their rapidly growing bodies and minds.

In the US, 1 in 7 children live in food-insecure homes. Children who suffer food insecurity have more headaches, stomachaches, anemia, ear infections, asthma, and colds than children from equally poor families who don’t experience food insecurity. Children with consistently nutritious diets are physically and emotionally healthier, and they do better in school and later in life overall.

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As an example, in Shaw, Mississippi, Kendra Whitehead, drops her four daughters off at Delta Hands for Hope summer camp. The nonprofit, housed in a storefront across from a scenic park, is a summer meals site for children facing hunger. Summer is the hungriest time of the year for children living in food-insecure households because they do not have access to school meals. Of the roughly 22 million children who receive meals during the school year, only about 4 million benefit from nutritious summer programs—this leaves millions of children without adequate nutrition. Food programs—such as summer meals and the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), are available.  They were piloted several years ago, and over time, the number of states participating and children served has increased. The program has proven effective and should be implemented nationwide.

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By investing in domestic and international nutrition programs, we can help children get off to a good start and make the future better not only for them, but for all of us.

This year, we are asking that you not handwrite the letter to be mailed, but to do it electronically by going to the websites that will be provided and personalizing the sample letter given. It is extremely easy and effective. Click on the links provided.

We are also asking that you urge your legislators to increase funding for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. More information, including the SNAP fact sheet and the online letter can be found at the link providered.

We ask you to educate yourselves about these issues with the Bread resources; pray about these issues; and act on these issues. Thank you for considering our request.

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Readings and Psalm for Sunday, April 26, Third Sunday of Easter

Sunday’s gospel begins with two disciples walking to Emmaus, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. They had hoped Jesus, who was crucified, would be the one to redeem Israel! Yet the risen Christ walks with them and then opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts burn within us as the scriptures are proclaimed and Christ appears to us as bread is broken and wine is poured. The story of Emmaus becomes the pattern of our worship each Lord’s day.

Prayer of the Day

O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Readings and Psalm

Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 36“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

Psalm: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

1I love the LORD, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
 2Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

3The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
 4Then I called on the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I pray, save my life!”
 12What shall I return to the LORD
for all his bounty to me?
 13I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD,
 14I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.
 15Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
 16O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
You have loosed my bonds.
 17I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the LORD.
 18I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people,
 19in the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.  Praise the LORD!

Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23

17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

13Now on that same day [when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene,] two [disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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