The purpose of All Saints Church is to celebrate God’s love, to seek and to serve Christ in all persons, and to go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. Your presence is a blessing regardless of your background, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or ethnicity, age or family structure, abilities or limitations or wherever you are in life’s journey.
This Sunday May 26th
~The Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year C.
~8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Chapel.
~8:00 AM Rite I Sunday Bulletin
~9:00 AM Family Choir Rehearsal in the Chancel.
~10:15 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Main Sanctuary.
~3:00 PM Youth Group.
A First Glance at Sunday’s Readings
A Note on Today’s Readings The Sixth Sunday of Easter — Year C
Today’s liturgy continues to explore the consequences of Christ’s resurrection and our new life in him through baptism and Eucharist.
The gospel reading is one of the healings Jesus performed, this one used by Christians as an image of baptism. A sick man is unable to get into the pool that is reputed to have healing powers. Jesus comes to him by the water and raises him up in an action that reminds us that Jesus, in baptism, raises us up and makes us whole.
In the first reading, Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke come to Philippi, the first time the gospel moves from Asia Minor to Europe. There Paul encounters a woman who worshipped God although she was a Gentile. After hearing Paul proclaim the resurrection of Jesus, she and her household were baptized and her house became Paul’s center of ministry there and quite likely the home of the church in that city.
It is not the created universe that is the ultimate destiny of the human race but the new, perfect city of God’s Kingdom. John, in today’s reading from the Revelation, envisions the perfection and peace of that kingdom.
Shalom—the peace and wholeness of God’s Spirit—is our destiny and our present reality. The peace and unity of God’s reign is revealed in the inclusiveness of the church as people of every race and nation are called by God. In the Eucharist, we have the foretaste of the new life in the holy city prepared for us by God.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year.
Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.
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