“Christ and the Apostles” by Georges Rouault
GUIDED BY PRAYER
A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on May 17, 2015 (Seventh Sunday of Easter)
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16“Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”
21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” 23So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.
– Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
– John 17:6-19 (read from “The Message,” by Eugene Peterson)
This morning’s reading from the book of Acts portrays a time when the early Christian community was really in a state of limbo. Their Master/Teacher had been executed by the great political powers of the time, and they thought then that might be the end of all they had hoped for. But then – he was raised! And he appeared to them alive again – although different — for a few weeks. But now he was gone again – this time for good. At least as they had once known him. The gospel of Luke and the book of Acts — which was written by the same author and is a continuation of Luke – say that the risen Christ appeared to the disciples for forty days, and then he was taken back up to heaven. He ascended. This past Thursday was celebrated in some churches as Ascension Day. Continue reading
“The Annunciation” by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1898)
WATER AND SPIRIT
A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on May 10, 2015 (Sixth Sunday of Easter/Mother’s Day)
Over the years on Mother’s Day I have often preached on stories of women in the Bible who played important parts in our faith history. In biblical times women were considered by the dominant culture to be of less importance than men (Thank God those days are over!). Most of the central figures in the Bible are men. But women are there – playing key roles. There are even some books of the Bible in which women are the main characters (Ruth, Esther). We may be disappointed that women aren’t featured more; the remarkable thing is how much they are mentioned and how big a part they play! Some of them are important because they were mothers of men like Moses, or Samuel. But not all women mentioned in the Bible were mothers, yet God was able to work through them in powerful ways. Continue reading
Below is a list of some upcoming events that we will be hosting or participating in. We would love to have you join us!
For details about any of these events, contact the church office.
“This Little Light of Mine—I’m Gonna Let It Shine” Project:
Help us reduce our energy consumption and utility costs. You are invited to make a donation of $8 to buy a dimmable LED light for our chandeliers. The bulbs last much longer than older bulbs, and use 1/8 of the amount of electricity. We have 168 of these bulbs in our building, but each one we replace helps!
Envelopes for your donation are available in the pews and on the table in the back of the sanctuary.
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE: The American Legion will be commemorating Memorial Day with a brief ceremony at the flagpole in the northwest corner of the Lyonsville Cemetery on Monday, May 25th at approximately 10:00 am (though we know from previous years they have arrived as early as 9:30 and as late as 10:30). Lyonsville Cemetery Board members will have complimentary snacks and beverages available while you wait.
Lyonsville Cemetery holds special interest to the Legion as it is the resting place of more than 90 veterans with service ranging from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. Join the American Legion for this tribute to those who served our country in the armed forces!
MOVIE NIGHT Friday, May 29 has been postponed until June 12 at the home of Jill and Bob von Trebra. We will gather for a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m., and watch the film Places in the Heart starting about 7:00 p.m. Please sign up or call the von Trebra’s so we know how many folks to expect.
LABYRINTH WALK Saturday, May 30, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Begin the season of Pentecost with a peaceful walk through our candlelit labyrinth. Come and go as you wish. An introduction to the labyrinth is provided for beginners.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION READS: Book discussion May 31st from 11:30 to 1:00 in Fellowship Hall. We will be reading Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. Before his own adventure, neurosurgeon Alexander believed near-death experiences were fantasy, impossible. Then his brain was attacked by a rare illness, it stopped working, and he was in a coma for seven days. During that time he journeyed beyond this world. He believes this life isn’t meaningless. And his experience showed him that the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness, that human experience continues beyond the grave under the gaze of a God who loves and cares about each of us. Please see Jan Peters or Laurie Tsukuno for further information and to sign up; a light lunch will be served.
Worship is the heart of the church! Sunday morning worship services are at 10:00 a.m.
Church school for children preschool through grade 8 is offered during the worship time September 8 through May. Children begin in the sanctuary for worship for the first 15-20 minutes, and then are dismissed to their church school classes following the Children’s Time.
The first Sunday of the month is usually a Communion Sunday and Family Sunday, No church school classes are offered on those Sundays. Children are invited to participate in worship with their families. All may participate in Communion, including young children, if their parents believe they have some understanding of the special nature and meaning of Communion.
May 3: Fifth Sunday of Easter/Communion Sunday
Dedicate piano donated by the Karas family
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8
Message: Abiding in Love
May 10: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Acts 10:44-48; Luke 1:26-38
Message: Water and Spirit
May 17: Seventh Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; John 17:6-19
Message: Guided by Prayer
May 24: Pentecost Sunday
Recognition of Gifts and Givers
Strengthen the Church Special Offering
Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21
Message: Gifts of the Spirit
May 31: Trinity Sunday
Guest Preacher: Cindi Knox
June 7: Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
Scripture: Genesis 3:8-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Message: Encouraged by the Spirit