Dear Friends in Christ,
This Thursday, May 1st, is known and celebrated in some parts of the world as "May Day," a day that welcomes the new growth of springtime. But did you know that this Thursday is also Ascension Day? Yes, it's the day that the church remembers and celebrates the resurrected Jesus' ascension to the Father. So, as we gather for worship this coming Sunday, May 4th, we find ourselves in the time between Jesus' ascension and the coming of the promised Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Like Jesus' first disciples, we gather to wait for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. We gather around Word and Sacrament, the means of grace through which our Lord comes to us. In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday (John 17:1-11), Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity God intends for the whole human family.
Prayer of the Day
O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
A BIG "thank you" to all who helped make the SOV Variety Show such a fun event! My, SOV sure has some talented members and friends. A good time was had by all!
Happy 80th Birthday to Darlene Anderson tomorrow (April 30th)!!!
Please hold these sisters and brothers in prayer:
Prayers for peace and healing for members and friends of SOV who are dealing with the pain of divorce.
Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.