Pastor Jim's Weekly Message
In our Gospel this week, Christ sends the Holy Spirit to his disciples. He asks them to receive it, to accept it, to make it a part of them. In doing so, they take on a serious responsibility - to continue the mission of Christ. Now, when we think of this, we probably automatically think of his physical work - the feeding of the hungry, the healing of the sick, the visiting of the lonely.
But this responsibility goes much deeper than just that. It also includes continuing to pray for our community, our neighbors, our leaders, and the world. Prayer was such an important part of Jesus' ministry and it is something that we must also continue as part of our ministry. But just as important is the forgiveness of sins. Christ did not hold grudges, He actively forgave the sins of others - especially those who did him personal harm. He has given us this same opportunity - to forgive the sins of those around us - especially those who do us personal harm. This is part of continuing his ministry. It may not be easy; but, it IS part of our calling. May Christ give us the strength to fully continue his ministry in our lives.
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God Bless you and keep you in his loving care. Stay safe! Stay healthy! If we can do anything for you, please call the office.
This Week’s Gospel: John 20:19-23
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
This Week at St. Mark's
Saturday, May 30 - COVID 19 Food Prep & Distribution, Strings of Praise Practice at 4 PM
Sunday, May 31 - Drive in & Live Stream Service on Facebook Live at 9 AM, Drive thru Carnival Food from 10 AM – 5 PM, Narcotics Anonymous at 7 PM
Tuesday, June 2 - Christian Ed Meeting at 7 PM
Wednesday, June 3 - Live Stream Bible Study on Facebook Live at 11 AM, COVID 19 Food Prep & Distribution, Al-Anon at 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 4 - Fall Fest Meeting at 7 PM
Saturday, June 6 - Strings of Praise Practice at 4 PM
Sunday, June 7- Holy Trinity Sunday - Drive in & Live Stream Service at 9 AM, Narcotics Anonymous at 7 PM
OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY’S