Lessons for Sunday, May 28th

Image result for clockSeventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

Prayer of the Day: O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

My oldest daughter was always fascinated with clocks and the measurement of time. When she was just a toddler, I used to point to the clock and tell her, “Now when this big hand gets to the six, it’s time for stories and bed.” She would look intensely at the clock as though trying to make sense of it, as though she somehow knew that if only she could figure this contraption out and understand how it worked, she could negotiate a much better deal for herself. Long before she started kindergarten, this precocious child mastered the art of telling time and figuring out where she was relative to nap time, lunch, bed time and all those other significant markers punctuating a child’s day. She would frequently ask me the time of day. If we were away from the house and I was without my watch, I would have to tell her that I didn’t know what time it was. “So what time do you think it is?” she persisted. I gave her my best approximation, which I knew she would later check against the clock and hold me to account. Today she is a professor of classical languages and literature-and nothing if not punctual.

The same obsession with timing seems to be at work among the disciples in our first lesson. Read more


  1. #1 by Paul Waldner on May 23, 2017 - 12:43 am

    Spot on with your open letter to Frank. I find American right wing “Christianity” not only bad for America but an affront to Christ’s message, life and death. The martyr complex, the need for constant retribution, the constant posing like ancient Pharisees and the constant judging of others without agapi are all indications of prideful grandstanding posing and has little to do with the love Christ.

  2. #2 by Joann Smith on May 23, 2017 - 9:42 pm

    I truly hate to opine on religious matters even if it’s my own Christian family & their publicly stated views. I feel as American’s we each have a right to express our own points of view & disagreeing is fine & actually a lot of the times enlightening to both who disagree. We ALL have our own minds to decide to agree or to not agree with that thought or opinion. That being said I truly believe that mixing religion & politics serves nobody any favors. Politics is man controlling destiny & law for many different human interests. Religion is beyond earthly politics, all preachers are human & of course have their own political views. If preachers are teaching the word of God correctly there is no need to be politically involved. You should all trust in your congregations when it comes to electing those officials that most closely reflect Christian values. Politicians are playing a mans game. Preacher’s only game should be winning souls, not votes. Teaching God’s word to help individuals have everlasting life is the most important. Mixing both is problematic & truly almost toxic. Even the best & purest preacher is STILL human. Let’s recognize Franklin Graham’s positive contributions to the church as a whole. Otherwise, it seems you yourself are petty & losing what separates you & other religious leaders from politicians.

    • #3 by Sylvia Iben on May 25, 2017 - 1:31 pm

      Joann Smith. I appreciate your response above as I agree with much of what you wrote. Thank you for reminding me to recognize the good things that Rev. Graham has done. Yes, he has done many good things. His heart is in the right place. However, he does claim many things that are not inclusive and quite frankly, cruel. He doesn’t accept all kinds of people into his fold as Christ has done in all of His teachings. If I only heard or read the word of God that came from Franklin Graham, I would probably remain very frustrated and hateful of the church and it’s followers. It is because of pastors like Pastor Olsen, who speak up to the myth that God excludes those who do not live up to certain expectations. Speaking up for the gospel that God gives to all of us is brave, not petty. Speaking for those excluded by Franklin Graham is not political. It is love.

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