It’s finally here! Once a year we gather for a festive, fundraising evening called Body & Soul to benefit The Largest Table, our Wednesday community meal ministry. Tomorrow night at 6:30pm, we will gather atLa Scala Restaurant 4199 West Dublin Granville Road, Dublin OH 43017 to enjoy an Italian dinner, silent and live auctions, and lots of entertainment. Wear your festive (or casual) attire (dancing shoes too!), and prepare to enjoy a wonderful evening for a faithful cause – feeding the hungry.
And the weekend of activities doesn’t stop there! OnSunday morning, we venture into the Third Sunday of Easter with our lectionary texts for the day: Psalm 4 and Luke 24:36b-48. Now that Easter Sunday has passed, when many of us will be tired from the festivities of Saturday night, we may be tempted to sleep in, thinking our presence and contribution doesn’t matter that much, as the church returns to something like “business as usual.”
Nothing could be further from the truth! Each and every one of you is essential to our life and growth as a church. On this Third Sunday of Easter, we continue to learn that Jesus’ resurrection was only the beginning of the story! And each of us has a central role to play in the Christian faith narrative.
Our Gospel text is about another post-Resurrection appearance from Jesus, as he reassures the disciples about the future of the faith, even sharing a piece of broiled fish with them. What are we to make of this today? How do we continue to serve as reliable witnesses to the Resurrection 2,000 years later? My sermon is entitled Mixed Messages as we continue to learn that Christianity survived for thousands of years not because it found its center in a Temple or church building, but because Christians centered their faith in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and in the person of the Risen Christ.
Last week we launched a new sermon, Christian Education, and outreach series based on the television mini-series, A.D., airing on NBC everySunday night at 9pm for ten more weeks (the first showing was on Easter Sunday). This series picks up where The Bible miniseries left off, and explores the epic journey of the first followers of Jesus, as reported in the Book of Acts (Chapters 1-10). Millions of people are already watching this television show, wanting to learn more about the birth of the early Church, and what that means for our lives today.
With abundant HOPE for our transformative future,