Traditional worship (8:30 AM)
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Acts 2: 24-28 | Psalm 16: 5-11
1 Peter 1: 3-9 | John 20: 19-29
Pastor Jen’s sermon, Simply Peace
Notes by Corinne Berkseth Baker
The last time Jesus gathered with his disciples before his crucifixion and resurrection, in what’s known as the farewell sermon, Jesus says, “Peace I give to you, my peace I leave with you.”
Remember two months ago when we were so physically busy? Working, commuting, getting kids to school and activities, seemingly a bit late for most things.
It’s different now. Now, we’re emotionally tired. Perhaps we’re worried about our health or loved ones. Anxious about when self-quarantine will end or what comes next. Feeling like we haven’t gotten enough done at this time or helped enough.
In the midst of all this, Jesus says, “Peace.”
Joy J. Moore, a professor at Luther Seminary, says about today's text (John 20: 19-29) that we’re looking for the divine in the disaster.
A New York Times restaurant critic experiencing this, wrote about finding this video on YouTube, Relax with Sheep.
Consider the sheep. All they’re doing is standing and eating. And it's enough.
If you too are feeling emotionally tired, worried or scared or like you’re not doing enough in this time, remember Jesus gives you peace. You are enough. And it's enough. Amen.