WORSHIP TOGETHER | Sunday 5-7-2023
Sunday, May 7, 2023
Fifth Sunday of Easter
The Revised Common Lectionary passages for the Lord’s Day are:
– First Reading: Acts 7:55-60
– Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
– Second Reading: I Peter 2:2-10
– Gospel Reading: John 14:1-14
The liturgical color for the day is: White
The plane seemed to rise and then just drop. It was as rough as could be. It seemed to go on forever and it was just as frightening as could be. It was that stomach-dropping feel, over and over again. It felt as if the plane could just break apart any moment. This was the most harrowing of flights any of us had ever been on.
More towards the front of the plane there was a little boy.
And then the plane seemed to drop farther than it had ever dropped. And with it our stomachs dropped too. There was that little boy towards the front of the plane. He broke the hushed fear. He broke it as he burst out in laughter. With each ripple, each decent, each shutter of the plane the boy laughed in glee as if he was on a carnival ride.
Soon, with each shutter, each decent, each ripple—laughter broke out for everyone. The fear turned to joy. The terror had turned to glee. The plummeting to death fear had been transformed into joyous expressions of life.
Anxiety became a thrill ride. Questions and doubts and fear and needing some proof of safety became confidence and faith.
All strangers bound together around the laughter of a little boy—it was a community, a relationship. Panic and dread became a passion for life in the moment.
…all because a little boy, in his laughter, somehow became the Word of God: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
What if, what if, that is what we are here to do right now? What if we are to become the Word of God: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” For in so doing, we embody the Word of God and Risen Christ and demonstrate that we are in this together.
Rev. Dr. Daris Bultena
General Presbyter and Stated Clerk