O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Collect for Third Sunday of Easter, Book of Common Prayer, Pgs 224-225
I am in Pennsylvania this week, because my granddaughter makes her First Communion, a rite in the Roman Catholic Church. They usually pick this Saturday after Easter, because the Gospel is always about Jesus appearing after his resurrection and eating with his disciples. The Gospel confirms that Jesus is ALWAYS present with us during communion. Jesus ALWAYS shares this meal with us.
The sharing of our communion meal institute by Jesus on Maundy Thursday and reinforced in his resurrection appearances, has been continued ever since. It reminds us that death did not win. It reminds us that the most powerful government of the time could not silence the Son of God. It reminds us of what is everlasting and what is important about life and living life. It’s not what the world says, it’s what Jesus Christ taught us… love one another…love is the key….
Open our eyes, Lord…
Rebecca will be on vacation next week, through April 22. For pastoral care emergencies, call the Rev. John Bukhart, 606-521-0345.
Godly Play: All children are invited to participate in Godly Play, a special program of Spiritual development each Sunday morning at 10:00am.
Adult Forum: This week we begin a 5-week series on Ten Ways to Pray. Jeff Davis will lead us in centering prayer and body prayer.
Daughters of the King: The Regional Luncheon Meeting for Daughters of the King will be held Saturday, April 25, 11:30am – 1:30pm. All women members and those interested in becoming members are invited! Please let Shelia Phillips know if you would like to attend.
Diocesan Leadership Training: Diocesan leadership training sessions will be offered at St. Patrick’s Church, Somerset on Friday May 8, 5:45pm-9:00pm and Saturday, May 9, 9am – 4pm. Let Rev. Rebecca know if you’d like to attend this important and informative training. The focus is on effective communication and effective community behaviors. The format is a mix of lecture and small group discussion.
Belk Charity Sales Day: Belk department store will host a Charity Sales Day on Saturday, May 2, 6am – 10am. Buy tickets for $5.00 to get into this special sale. The church keeps the money and you get $5.00 off an item for each ticket you have. Members of the ECW will be selling tickets prior to the event.
Grow Appalachia: The Grow Appalachia committee will meet Thursdays evenings at 6pm through April and May.
Rotary Scholarship Scramble: Participate in or help sponsor the Dave Hudson Memorial Rotary Scholarship Scramble, Friday, April 24, London Country Club. All proceeds benefit college scholarships for local high school students. See Rev. Rebecca for more information.
Fun, fun, fun: The next Family Game Night is April 24th from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Bring your favorite games, snacks, and drinks. Those who wish to, may gather at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church for their fish fry at 5:45. The cost is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children for a full meal.