May 6, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Sunday morning was rainy and cool. There were 10 people at the 8:00 am service and 55 in attendance at the 10:00 am service. It was the Third Sunday Of Easter. The Processional Hymn was, “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing” and the Sequence Hymn was, “This Is The Feast Of Victory For Our God.” The Gospel Reading was from John 21:1-19.

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon sonof John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go." (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, "Follow me."

We learn from this passage of Jesus appearing to the disciples a third time while they are fishing and how he questions Simon Peter of his love for him and asks him to follow him. The Offertory Anthem was, “With Songs Of Rejoicing.” The Communion Hymns were, “Come, Risen Lord And Deign To Be Our Guest” and “That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Sing Ye Faithful, Sing With Gladness.

The altar flowers and Sanctuary Lamp were given by Rose Lynch to the glory of God and in loving memory of Clarinda Robinson. The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Sally Bergmeyer to the glory of God and in celebration of Kitty Hall’s birthday.

The Coffee Hour was full of energy as our parishioners and guest greeted one another. The Coffee Hour was hosted by “Amana.” There were bagels, cakes, muffins and pie for all to enjoy with their favorite beverage. Meanwhile, in the Christian Service room, the Confirmation Class had a brief meeting. It was another wonderful Sunday at All Saints’!

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