St. Paul’s is a welcoming and inclusive community of about 280 members who come from all over the greater Milwaukee area.
We treasure the richness and diversity God has given our community, as it enhances our understanding of God.
This year we’ve moved the Feast of the Ascension from its assigned day of last Thursday to today. Weekday services no longer draw many. So we transfer the feast to the next Sunday when more people, like you, show up. It is permissible in the church do this. I have checked.
Have you ever forced yourself to love someone who annoys the daylights out of you? Jesus’ only command is that we love one another as he loves us. That’s not a suggestion. Keeping that command frees us from conflict, judging others, and general crankiness. Thank goodness that’s the way life is in the church, right? And when we understand this command and do it, Jesus bumps from servants to friends on the spiritual ladder. We enter his joy. Can love for someone you don’t particularly like be commanded, and that love be genuine – or lasting?
When I take Holy Communion to home or hospital, I often read a portion of today’s gospel. Jesus abiding with us, especially in times when we are anxious or distressed is reassuring. I skip the threat of pruning and burning useless branches, though. That’s not comforting. Do you think much about where you abide? Sometimes crises can get us to consider these things.
You can read the Apostle here…why wait for snail mail…click on news then on the Apostle icon.
Who is Jesus for you – for the church – for anyone? Many books have been published about him in recent years, so you have to figure he’s important. Some my favorite speak of Jesus as a teacher within, a Mediterranean peasant, and an apocalyptic prophet. He married, or maybe not. He and Mary Magdalene lived quietly and happily after Easter, or maybe not. One of my favorites is subtitled: “How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus.” He remains a figure of power, influence and intrigue who refuses to be nailed down.
You’d think the disciples would be overjoyed that Jesus is no longer dead. Surprisingly to us who know where the story is headed, their reaction is quite natural. They’re terrified he isn’t still dead. Oh, they’ve heard stories of Jesus sightings. Suddenly in their midst, as they talk of these, he appears. Yet, they still doubt, thinking he’s a ghost. Seeing his scared hands and feet – eating fish in their presence doesn’t help. We don’t figure out resurrection on our own, if at all. Only when Jesus gets into their heads – ours, opens minds do we get it. “Go. Proclaim repentance and forgiveness to all nations. Now you are witnesses of these things.”
CHORAL EVENSONG for the Easter Season
• 4:30pm on Sunday, 26 April 2015
• Featuring the voices of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir
There really is no better way to finish a spring Sunday in Eastertide than praying Choral Evensong with the St. Paul’s family.
Bring the day to a quiet, prayerful close with beautiful music and peaceful contemplation.
He is risen!
God’s redeeming work is done!
Spread the word!
Bring your family. Bring your neighbors.
The Love that is our salvation is no secret! Share the glory!
You most likely grew up hearing about “Doubting Thomas” and were told that if you doubt, you lack faith. If any of you are like me, this caused a lot of anguish growing up. Doubting meant that somehow you were not good enough, you did not pray hard enough or often enough to God to give you unquestioning faith.
Read about our connection to a German gentleman in the April Apostle…click on NEWS…then on the Apostle icon.
On March 20th this year spring arrived. I know because the TV weather guy tells me, and they’re always right. A few days later, I awaken – sun shining, warm breeze, birds singing, trees and flowers budding – yes, it’s spring. Then I open my eyes, look out the window. “It’s snowing. Dang” – well, somewhat close to what I said. And that is like the first Easter – shock and fear. The nightmare continues.