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June 6, 2021 Second Sunday after Pentecost “A coming-of-age story for the ages”

FIRST READING                 Genesis 3:8-15 Immediately after Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, they hide from God. Neither takes responsibility for their sin, instead blaming each other, the snake, and even God. The curse on the snake was understood as a messianic prophecy by the early church, who associated Eve’s “offspring” with Christ. 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God…

May 23, 2021 Day of Pentecost “Beginnings”

FIRST READING        Acts 2:1-21 Originally Pentecost was a Jewish thanksgiving-type festival celebrated seven weeks after Passover. On this particular Pentecost, however, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the entire community of believers just as Jesus had promised and the scriptures had prophesied. Empowered by the Spirit, the entire community bears witness to God’s activity in multiple languages. 1When the…

May 16, 2021 Seventh Sunday of Easter “Testify!”

FIRST READING            Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 In the days between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost, Peter oversees the process whereby one of the members of the community of believers is chosen to be the twelfth apostle, in order to fill the vacancy created by Judas’ treachery and death. 15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one…

May 9, 2021 Sixth Sunday of Easter “Surprised by the Spirit”

FIRST READING          Acts 10:44-48 While Peter shares the good news of Jesus with a Gentile soldier and his family, the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Recognizing that the Spirit works inclusively in the lives of both Jews and Gentiles, Peter commands that these Gentiles also be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. 44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell…

April 25, 2021 Fourth Sunday of Easter “Mercy Follows”

FIRST READING              Acts 4:5-12 Peter and John had been arrested the previous day because they were proclaiming the news of the resurrection to the people. In today’s reading, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he can proclaim salvation in Jesus’ name to the religious authorities. 5The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6with…

April 18, 2021 Third Sunday of Easter “The Upside of Uncertainty”

FIRST READING               Acts 3:12-19 After healing a man unable to walk, Peter preaches to the people, describing how God’s promises to Israel have been fulfilled in Jesus. Through the proclamation of Christ’s death and resurrection, God is offering them forgiveness and restoration in Jesus’ name. 12When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder…

April 11, 2021 Second Sunday of Easter “Lutheran Campus Ministry”

Today we welcomed guest preacher, Lydia Weisenburger, a Lutheran Campus Ministry student! FIRST READING                Acts 4:32-35 32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the…