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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Why does Easter come on different dates every year?  Unlike Christmas, set according to the solar calendar as December 25, Easter is set according to a lunar calendar.  This is similar to ancient Jewish traditions for calculating the occurrence of religious festivals.  The rule for Easter is: "The first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring equinox."  Because the moon runs on a schedule different than the solar calendar, the date of Easter varies from year to year, anywhere from March 22 to April 25.  Thus, Easter Sunday is a "movable feast," as are others following Easter.  The Feast of the Ascension always falls on a Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter.  The Day of Pentecost falls on the fiftieth day after Easter, which is a Sunday. Trinity Sunday is always the first after Pentecost.

Other important Sundays in the Church Year are set with reference to Easter.  Doubting Thomas visits every year on the Second Sunday of Easter.  And the Fourth Sunday of Easter is always "Good Shepherd Sunday."  That's a few days from now, on April 17.  Scripture readings include Psalm 23 — "The Lord is my Shepherd…" — beloved by Christians for two thousand years.  And we have the beautiful text from Revelation 7, which tells that those who have come through "the great ordeal" gather before the throne of God worshiping day and night.  They hunger and thirst no more, it says, "for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to the springs of the water of life."  In John's gospel, Jesus says, "My sheep hear my voice.  I know them, and they follow me."  Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

Has Jesus been a Good Shepherd for you?  Probably each of us has a story of how the Good Shepherd has walked us through the valley of the shadow of death.  How has Jesus guided you to the springs of the water of life?  Have you heard the Good Shepherd's voice calling and guiding to save you from the wolves who circle 'round and size you up as their own movable feast?  Please meditate on these things as Sunday approaches.  It will help you feel the Good Shepherd's guiding hand even as you flock to church at [Good] Shepherd of the Valley.  The date of Good Shepherd Sunday may vary, but the Good Shepherd's loving care will invariably lead and guide you to abundant life.

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Lessons for Sunday, April 17, 2016
Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30

THIS WEEK

Wednesday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel
                      10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday        9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                       7:00 p LLL

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Preschool
                     1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      10:00 - 11:30 a Choir rehearsal

Sunday          8:30 & 11:00 a Worship services
                     Scrip Sunday
                     6:00 - 7:30 p Confirmation class

May 7th
10:00 - 12:00 p
KOK Spring Family Day
Come enjoy a morning of play, art and a special snack
Registration is open for the coming school year, if you or someone you know has a preschooler,
come and see what KOK is all about. Event taking place in the lower level at KOK school area.

May 7th
2:00 - 4:00 p
Baby Shower for Monica and Subash's and their new baby girl Adlyn
This is a co-ed event all are invited.