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The three “R’s” of Scripture

Our Journey through the 50
Days of the Easter season,
continues this week with a
reading from Luke 24. In this
chapter Jesus appears first to
the two disciples on the Road
to Emmaus then the disciples
gathered in Jerusalem. In
both cases there is food,
bread and wine and broiled
fish. But there is also food for
the mind as Jesus opens the
minds of the Disciples to the
Scriptures.
The Fish above was from a tombstone in the early 200’s. The fish symbolized the
fish of the resurrection in Luke 24 and John 21 and the call to the disciples fish for
people and the feeding of the 5,000. The Greek letters in the picture ἸΧΘΥϹ are
the first letters of the phrase Jesus anointed of God – Son, Savior. According to
one ancient story, when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian
might drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt. If the stranger drew the
other arc, both believers they were in good company.
In Luke and John, the disciples had a piece of the understanding of Jesus in their
minds. Jesus opens their minds to understand the scriptures so they have the
other piece. It is like Jesus is meeting them and filling in the second part of the
arc.
Last Sunday we sing “Thy Word” based on Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a Lamp
unto my feet, a light unto my path.” As we travel down the road of life, we get a
part of the picture on who God is through our life experience, through nature,
through the arts. Luther talked about the need for “plain reason.” Scripture is
there to fill in the other half of arc by reminding us of the faith of those who have
gone before. Thousands of years and thousands of people of faith are reflected in
this book. Jesus opens minds to the scriptures.
How do we “open our minds to the scriptures”? Root ourselves deeper in this
river of faith.
I might suggest the three “R’s”.1. Read and Receive – Listen to what the Word is saying. Martin Luther as a
professor of the Old Testament would listen to not only to the words on the
page but the historical context of the words as well. So some study may be
involved.
2. Reflect – think about what the words are saying to you. What in my life
needs to hear this word today? Where am I in this story?
3. Respond – Is this text calling on me to make a change in my life? Is there a
point of anger or pain that can be healed by this text? Is this text reminding
me that there a new path that I could walk down?
Prayer: Lord, open our minds to Scriptures. Teach us to listen. Help us to attend to
the witness of the Scriptures and find in them new life. Amen.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor John
UPCOMING EVENTS
Hope you can join us now that we are back in the sanctuary. April 18 10 am
worship. All indoors now. (with masks and proper social distancing and a special
time for the children). Also on Zoom and the Website.
Church Office Hours return to normal, Mondays and Tuesdays.
MEMBER UPDATES AND CONTINUAL PRAYERS
Thanks
• Thanks for your prayers for George Motshall who had aortic valve
replacement. All went well and he was with un on Sunday.
• Bill and Judy Martin’s daughter Laura is still facing two more sessions of
chemo but was able to is home.
Continued prayers for:
• Do pray for Diane Watson who has fallen and is recovering from surgery on
her hip and femur.
• Carol’s granddaughter-in-law Vanessa who has high-risk diabetes.
• Roxanne Foss’s niece Ginny,
• Steve Cady and his sister, Sherry, are working to find a place for their
mother, Donna,
• erwin for strength and Lynda for healing• Continued recovery for Jerry Mills who is doing well but faces chemo
therapy.
• Continued godly journey for Brendan son of Bonnie Strack.
THANKS for Flowers and Looking ahead
As we say farewell to our Easter flowers, we want to thank all who donated
and to Irm, Eloise, Fred J. and Benet for arranging the flowers and caring for
them. Now we look to the future and our returning to “normal”. We can
have more people involved now with the worship service.
Thanks to Carol Jensen, Steve Cady, Linda Blanche and Michael Shea for
volunteering as Worship Assistants for services. Carol is working on a
schedule.
We could use some volunteers as readers as well. Sharon Cady and Pat
Motschall have signed up thus far. Are you interested? Could we meet after
services this coming Sunday the 18th to start work on a schedule?
Lastly, we do not have our full set of children back yet. However, we would
like to prepare for Children’s Church. Robyn Blue is doing a fantastic job
keeping in touch with our youth and preparing lessons. Could we meet
Sundays April 25 to discuss how we might move forward with this program

The Week after Easter

HE is Risen! He is Risen INDEED!
We had a wonderful service on Easter
and look forward to a whole season, 50
days of Easter. In the next seven weeks
we will receive the gifts Jesus offers to
those who follow him. The season
always starts with Thomas. John 20
remembers how he was not there on
Easter. Instead, he is with the disciples a
week later. So, a week later, we read
about his encounter with the risen Lord,
which starts him on his journey. I wrote this poetic piece in honor of Thomas.
If it is SO I will let go of the NO
‘Twas the week after Easter, the disciples were home
Locked in their room for fear of Rome
Jesus had been there on Easter day.
But Thomas was absent, not far but away.
The week was tense.
The story they told Thomas did not make sense.
They spoke of their teacher, leader, healer and friend,
Arrested and beaten and broken and dead, now alive again.
Mary and Peter and John all ran
The tomb was empty of the man,
Linens, bloodied, folded
And there was a Word
Mary saw him; then saw him true,
All the ten locked away saw him new
Jesus – Dawning Light – Give new sight
If it is So – They would let go of No
Thomas said No it cannot be so.
How could he, how would he?
This is not the way of death and life.He needed to touch the nail holes, put his hand in the side,
For their delusions to his inspiration.
Three cheers for the one and the ten.
Their oneness did not end.
All were there when Jesus returned to say –
“Thomas see my hands and side –
Touch the holes, feel the wounds –
Thomas did not touch, it was all too much,
Jesus was Lord and God.
For the rest of his life, wherever he journeyed
The kingdom came through this belated believer.
He let go of the no, so…
No, it cannot be, became, so, who shall I be.
Now John would finish his book, or so it seemed, with this story of Thomas
Whose no became a so.
John wants that for us all.
The purpose of the book,
The point of all the signs:
To change your no to a so.
Let go of the no and let it be so.
Thomas – John 20 will begin our journey for 50 days stopping to receive all the
gifts of the resurrection.
Come walk with Resurrected Jesus – let the no become so let it be.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor John
UPCOMING EVENTS
Hope you can join us now that we are back in the sanctuary. April 11 10 am
worship. All indoors now. (with masks and proper social distancing and a special
time for the children). Also on Zoom and the Website. 0Church Office Hours return to normal, Mondays and Tuesdays – beginning April
12 and 13.
MEMBER UPDATES AND CONTINUAL PRAYERS
• Pray for George Motshall whose aortic valve replacement, which had been
postponed, was April 6. He came through the surgery and is recovering.
• Do pray for Diane Watson who has fallen and is recovering from surgery on
her hip and femur.
• Pray for Carol Fultz’ family; her sister, Barbara Colangelo, passed away.
• Continued prayers for:
• Carol’s granddaughter-in-law Vanessa who has high-risk diabetes.
• Roxanne Foss’s niece Ginny,
• Steve Cady and his sister, Sherry, are working to find a place for their
mother, Donna,
• erwin for strength and Lynda for healing
• Continued recovery for Jerry Mills
• Continued godly journey for Brendan son of Bonnie Strack.
THANKS FOR A SPECIAL EASTER CELEBRATION – hope you got the photos
Irm for the beautiful floral arrangements in front of the altar and along the
pews. And thanks to those who took the arrangements to those who
couldn’t attend.
Irm for the beautiful music and musicians and our own Michael for playing
the timpani and Rebecca who sang a duet with Pastor Bunge.
Eloise, Fred J. and Bennet for arranging the Easter Lilies.
Joe and Steve who put up crosses out front and to Sharon and Debi who
picked out the plants. And to our gardner, Jesus, for planting.
Robyn Blue provided a wonderful session for the young people and has
done a great job reaching out to the youth.
Fred M., Cliff, Jeanne, Joe, Connie and Pat for decorating the Easter Cross at
the front entry.
Everyone left the service with renewed life, Cross of Resurrection, Butterfly
of Hope and Yummy treat bag. Sharon, Steve, Connie for folding the Palm
branches into Crosses. Carol for providing the Easter Treat Bags.
And were welcomed at a wonderful reception thanks to Karen and Fred M.OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER YOUR TIME AND TALENTS –
Now that things are getting back to normal are you interested in helping with
Worship, Sunday School, Adult Class, If so, respond to this email or call the
church office. We could use –
Assisting Minister ____ Reader ____ Greeter ____ Usher ____
Musicians ______ A/V Assistance _______ Children’s Church_____
Hosting Fellowship Time ______ Adult Class _______ Quilting_______
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