In Preparation…for Easter 7

I can’t believe it’s already the last Sunday of Easter. Next week is our outdoor service and we will enter the Pentecost season.

Instead of focusing on one particular thing today, I thought it would be good to talk about what worship is. I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase “Casual Worship.” Is there such a thing? Is there such a thing as a “laid back” form of worship in comparison to an “On our toes and focused on what we’re doing” form of worship? Certainly, styles and what is included in a particular worship service can vary depending on time and culture, but what is worship? That’s what I decided to talk about in today’s video.

Take some time to reflect on this weekend’s readings: Acts 1:12–26, 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11, John 17:1–11

Here’s a Summary of the themes for the day.

Our Lord Jesus Is with Us in the Upper Room of His Church on Earth

On the night when He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus prayed for His apostles and His Church on earth. “The hour” had come when the Father would glorify His Son by the cross (John 17:1). Through the shedding of His blood, He would bring forgiveness for the sins of the world, and in His resurrection and ascension He would unite all Christians with the Father “that they may be one” with God (John 17:11). He manifested His name to the apostles and gave them the words of the Father to speak in His name. The apostolic witness of His cross and resurrection (Acts 1:21–22) gathers disciples together “with one accord” into the one Body of Christ (Acts 1:14). “Devoting themselves to prayer,” they wait upon the Lord in “the upper room” (Acts 1:13–14), the place of His Holy Supper. Strengthened by the Gospel, Christians bear the cross of Christ in patience and peace, rejoicing to share in His suffering, in order that they “may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).

Here’s IssuesEtc’s… deeper discussion

Have a great day and God bless!

If you want to chat about any of this or other stuff that’s going on in life, just let me know!