In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from St. John, we are given a portion of the Farewell Discourse Jesus gave to His disciples at the Last Supper. Jesus tells them in “a little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.” Going to the Father is a good description of what our faith is about, for Christ is the Way. The great truth of the Way is that it leads to the Father. To have the Easter faith is to accept this truth, this purpose, this hope – and therefore to avail ourselves of the help needed for the journey. That help is Christ who has gone before us and created the Way. “No man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
We are saved by faith, but we still must exist on this mortal coil with its trials and travails. In contrast to this chaotic earthly life, for us there is a Christian rule of life that is so artfully summarized by St. Peter in this Sunday’s Epistle. It is important for us to heed what St. Peter is telling us as we find ourselves in an increasingly hostile world, similar to that of the Apostles. This is not just about surviving in the world but thriving in the faith. God's purpose is to make us, with the rest of the creation, function as we, and it, should in relation to Him. That is why Christ was incarnate. That is why He takes His mortal body – with Crucifixion wounds and all – with Him to heaven, to the very presence of God, and why we will, God-willing, rise with our bodies when the time comes for our own Ascension, our going to the Father.
--Fr. Deacon Chris
REMEMBER THE WORDS OF THE LORD JESUS, HOW HE SAID, IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE
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Sunday Services, 7:45, 9:00 & 11:15 AM nursery care provided during 9 & 11:15 AM services (for online participation for the services go to: https://www.facebook.com/saintsofscotland/ )
Wednesday at Noon – Holy Communion
Men's Group, Saturday May 21, 8:30 AM, Full breakfast, Fellowship, Bible Study
Vestry meeting, Monday May 23, 7:30 PM, undercroft
Please remember to pray for everyone on the parish's prayer list that is in the attached bulletins.
Your Food Donations are Greatly Needed
Please help this month with a food donation if you are able. Christ House is very thankful for the food we provide to them each month. Please also buy low sugar cereals (and not the kid's types that have lots of sugar). Current needs include the following:
• canned meats (chicken, corned beef, spam)
• peanut butter
• canned vegetables (corn, green beans - (regular and low sodium)
• individual fruit cups (low sugar)
• canned fruit (low sugar)
• cereal (low sugar)
• pasta (regular and gluten-free)
• instant potatoes
• Macaroni & cheese kits
• Coffee, cooking oil, flour, sugar
Updated list: MaRIH Center is also in great need of our help (crisis pregnancy center)
MaRIH Center with its all volunteer staff has been providing help to mothers-to-be and mothers in need. If you can provide some of the items that are needed, please do so. (You can leave the donations where the food for the food bank is collected on the pew in the undercorft.)
Baby wipes (an ongoing great need)
Diapers (sizes 4, 5, & 6)
Sleep Sacks: Girls 0-6 mos.
Socks: Boy/Girl 2T
Short sleeved onesies: Boy/Girl 3-6 mos.
Diaper rash ointment
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