Before Jesus ascended into heaven, leaving the physical presence of his disciples forever, he promised them a gift: the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would be with his church forever— indeed, until the end of the age. However, the Holy Spirit does not come immediately. Rather, the disciples must stay in Jerusalem and simply wait. What does it mean for the church to wait upon God? This is what Jasmine will be exploring today in her sermon on Acts 1:1-11.
Acts 2:14a, 22-32 (Click to Read) Preachers: Jasmine Chandra & Eric Phinney
Today, on the 2nd Sunday in the season of Easter, we continue to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection. Through him, we have victory over sickness, sin and death. Through his life-saving death and resurrection, we can face these challenging times in a spirit of hope.
Today is also mission Sunday. Our guest speaker is Rev. Eric Phinney, a former member of our congregation and priest here in this diocese. After the service, he will be sharing about the Seafarers Mission — a ministry with which he has served for many years.
The first of these two videos is a traditional service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with Maundy Thursday readings. If you have a copy of the BCP at home, we recommend that you get it and follow along with the service, saying all the responses that are appropriate. If you don't have a copy of the BCP, you can still reverently participate, joining in whatever prayers you know from memory. Of course, you may take part in this service at any time. However, we recommend that you watch it at around 7:00 on Thursday evening.
After you participate in the Evening Prayer service, we highly recommend watching this sermon by Jasmine. The sermon is focused on John 13 - the story of Jesus washing the disciples' feet.
Accompanying today's sermon is the second short video in the series, Surprise the World: The 5 Habits of Highly Missional People by Michael Frost. This one is called #2: Eat. Click below to watch it on Vimeo.