In the month of May we continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ as we celebrate the Sundays after the resurrection of the Christ. Remember, I keep saying that Easter is celebrated as a season of seven Sundays and not one Sunday. As your interim pastor, I am not sure what your practice has been on how you celebrated the Sundays of late Easter.
So, on the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Easter we return with the disciples to the Gospel of John and explore chapter 15 from Jesus’ farewell discourses as a prelude to celebrating the day of Pentecost on May 23. Here is where I might do some things that are a little different for you. For the Seventh Sunday of Easter, I slide over the readings for Ascension Day, which is celebrated on Thursday, May 13. Since so few of us hold Ascension Day services, it is recommended that we move this celebration to the following Sunday just like we did with Epiphany Sunday or like we do with Reformation Sunday or All Saints Sunday.
Now on Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit that will enable us to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in our time and place. A couple of things will take place. First, during the reading of the Gospel, we will put out the pascal light that represents the presence of the risen Christ among us that has been burning during worship by the baptismal font. We now celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit according to the Gospel of John which made the risen Christ present in each believer. Secondly, we will include in place of the creeds we usually do another one of those Rite of Affirmation of Baptism. Here we are reminded of the connection of our personal baptism with the receiving of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
On May 30 we will be focused liturgically on Trinity Sunday. (I am well aware that this is Memorial Day weekend, and we will surely remember all those who are serving our country, those who have served our country, and those who have given their lives for our freedoms.) What makes Trinity Sunday one of those tough days to preach on Trinity Sunday is because it is difficult to explain the mystery of the Trinity. Traditionally, Trinity Sunday is also the one Sunday each year that we confess together the Athanasian Creed on page 54 of our old green LBWs. This is the third of our three great creeds we confess as Lutheran Christians. (The Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed are the other most commonly used creeds.) We have an old version we have found in the files that breaks the creed into speaking parts for men and women because it is so long.
We are making a transition in the month of May from the season of Easter where we are still focused on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the giving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost to when we arrive in June and explore the ministry of Jesus through the eyes of the Gospel of Mark on the Sundays after Pentecost.
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