If Jesus was standing if front of you do you think you would know that it was him?
Accounts of the first disciples’ encounters with the risen Jesus repeatedly begin with them failing to recognize him. Two weeks ago we read about Mary Magdalene mistaking the risen Jesus for the gardener. The Gospel of Luke tells us that later that same day two other disciples spent most of their journey home to Emmaus walking and talking with the risen Jesus. They do not recognize him, however, until, sitting with him at dinner he breaks the bread and suddenly their eyes are opened and they recognize him (Luke 24:31). This week we will be looking at John 21:1-19 and hear about yet another encounter with the risen Jesus where again the disciples fail, at first, to recognize him.
This pattern of failing to recognize the presence of Jesus is important to us because in the Bible Jesus repeatedly promises to be with his followers, and to be with them forever. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” Jesus says in Matthew chapter 18:20. Then, at the end of Matthew he says “remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). Jesus promises to be with his people always, but in what way exactly is he present? Taking him at his word how do we come to recognize his presence? How do we know when or if he’s even there?
I hope you’re able to join us this week as we explore these questions in more detail together. We’ll also be taking a closer look at the second of the 5 Marks of Mission developed by the World Wide Anglican Communion which is to “Baptize and Nurture New Believers.”
Until then, God bless,
The Rev. David Turner +
Please remember the following in your prayers this week.
- Dan B
- Bobbi-Jo C
- Loretta D
- Barb G
- Rick H
- Dawn L
- Paul R
- Sue S
- Erika W
Stations of the Resurrection
You’ve heard of the “Stations of the Cross” … now it is time to celebrate and explore the resurrection of our Lord! Help us to create an artistic experience of the stories of Jesus’ resurrection. Choose one of the stories about our risen Lord and create an art piece that helps tell that story (Painting, coloring, diorama, sculpture, music, banner, etc.) work together as a family, or on your own. Bring in your creation on Sunday April 17th for the 10:30 am service. We will create an art exhibit at the back of the church to be enjoyed with refreshments after the 10:30 am service.
Please sign up for one or more either at the back of the church or online.
We look forward to seeing your artwork!
Upcoming Events – See online Calendar
Mission of the Month – Toonie Tin
Bishop McAllister College & Anglican Seminary, Uganda
We are seeking …
Deadline to apply is April 30.
Please spread the word!
Deanery Day Planning Meeting
Holy Trinity Hammond River
April 21 7:30 pm
The focus of this meeting will be to gather members of the parishes of our deanery and begin to plan a “Deanery Day” dedicated to worshiping together, sharing with one another the things that are happening in our parishes, and to explore new opportunities for ministry together. All are welcome.
Please RSVP the Rev. Rob Marsh by April 18th.
2nd Annual “Send a Kid to Camp” Dinner and Silent Auction!
Saturday, April 23
168 Gunter Hill Road, Upper Gagetown
Contact the office at 832-3375 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Tickets are $30
This year we are pleased to offer a wonderful roast beef dinner!
SEEKING: Donations of local products such as preserves/handiwork for the silent auction
Curious about what difference the Resurrection of Jesus could possibly make for us today?
“Surprised by Hope” is a six session video-based study featuring N.T. Wright that is designed to help us explore the full and breathtaking hope which Jesus and his Resurrection offers the world, and to better understand the implications of that hope for our lives today.
Join us as we take a closer look at the power of the Resurrection with Anglican Bishop and world class scholar N.T. Wright.
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 pm
April 27 – June 1
Please sign up online or at the back of the church