Sunday, May 3, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Today is sometimes called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Jesus is called the “gate” of the sheep in today’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.
I hope all of you are well and finding ways to enjoy each day. A few of the local news broadcasts in the evening in Erie end their program with a word to the viewers – “. . . and take a little time to breathe . . . ” and then they show a little video clip of local nature or streams with the sound of running water. That’s a word for all of us.
The ELCA continues to prepare a little Worship in the Home for these weeks. I enjoy reading the Prayers of Intercession there -here’s the latest link (https://blogs.elca.org/worship/2147/)
** Drive-Up Communion
St. Paul Lutheran Church
May 3, 2020
11:45 – 12:15 PM
You are invited to drive up in your car and receive a communion that has been blessed during the worship service this morning (See it on St. Paul’s Live Streaming via Facebook). A brief prayer service will be included with your packaged communion bread and wine. Please come to the church’s driveway along Central Parkway. STAY IN YOUR CAR. The communion package will be brought to you. Take it home and say the prayers and receive the gift of Christ’s body and blood at your family table.
** Update On Closure Dates
Prince of Peace
PoP will remain closed for Sunday services and all other activities through 31 May 2020. The closure will be reevaluated continually. Bob Mangold
** Update Of Closure Dates
St. John’s remains closed for Sunday Worship Services and any other church events through June 1, 2020
Based on the information Governor DeWine rolled out as his “reopening plan” scheduled to begin on May 1st involving three phases, Bishop Allende is asking that congregations continue the suspension of public worship throughout the month of May. If there are community organizations using the St. John building for their meetings, we will leave it up to them to cancel their gatherings. We will continue to reevaluate our suspension of worship services and activities at St. John’s in the days and weeks ahead.
** Lent Collection Jars
Please bring your LentenJars for Lutheran World Relief to the church to be counted and sent. If you do not have access to the church, may call Carol Cleal and leave on her deck- 342 E Main Cortland.
Congratulations to Drake & Korie Jesse and big brother Elliott, and grandparents, Pastor Duane and Carol Jesse on the birth of Charlie Renaud Jesse, born May 1, 2020.
He weighs 9lbs. 8oz. Mom and baby are doing well.
Please keep the Jesse family in your prayers on this joyous occasion.
** The Wired Word
Optimism Is a Faulty Human Setting During a Pandemic — But Gospel Hope Abides
An article in The Atlantic last week, titled “Humans Are Too Optimistic to Comprehend the Coronavirus,” says that the optimistic outlook most of us have has interfered with our doing what was needed to be ready to fight the worldwide pandemic soon enough to prevent it from reaching the tragic proportions it has. The article may well be right, but as optimism is often thought of as a synonym for hope, the article gives us an opportunity to explore not the similarities, but the differences between optimism and hope that is based in God’s love for us. So that will be the topic of our next class.
New Summer Schedule After Closure
PRINCE OF PEACE