Sunday, May 1 – Third Sunday of Easter

All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need attendees to preregister, and you will be able to choose where to sit. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support those who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10am. You’ll still be able to watch or rewatch it on YouTube at the same link any time thereafter.

Keep the order of service handy! It has the readings, the responses, and hymn texts–so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

Line drawing of Jesus grilling fish over a fire.

On the Third Sunday of Easter, we hear from the Acts of the Apostles about Paul’s dramatic conversion, baptism, and preaching. (Acts 9.1–20) And in John’s gospel, we hear about Jesus appearing to the disciples (John 21.1–19) by the shore while they’re out fishing, and then sharing in a breakfast of grilled fish and in conversation. In both, we hear about the dangers–both real and perceived–that are a part of following Jesus. We are also reminded that God will keep inviting us into this life, that God will seek after us and pursue us as God constantly longs to draw us close and to share God’s risen life with others.

Here’s what Sundays and Seasons writes about this week’s readings:

The disciples make a big splash and eat breakfast with the risen Jesus. Wading in the water (remembering baptism) and eating with Jesus (celebrating holy communion) is our weekly encounter with the risen Christ. Jesus asks us again and again: Do you love me? And Jesus invites us, again and again, to follow him, bringing the Easter life to others.