Sunday, April 14 was the second Sunday after Easter. As it is still Eastertide, or the Easter season, altar and vestment colors are white and gold and Easter lilies are on the altar.
Bishop Glen Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, I Peter 2:19, on the subject of suffering: “This is thanksworthy, if a man for conscience endure grief, suffering wrongfully.” The theme of this scripture is positive suffering. There is no glory if we suffer the consequences of our own actions and get what we deserve, but if we have faith in God and live well and suffer for it this is positive. Trials are not to test us, but to show us how strong we are.
After the service we gathered in the Parish Hall for coffee as usual, but this time enjoyed cake and ice cream and sang Happy Birthday to Bishop Hartley and Rudy Sasko who both celebrate their annual 39th birthday this week.
In announcements Fr. Glen noted that next Sunday, April 21 will be our spring workday and Wednesday at 6:30 will be our usual evening prayer followed by our study of Isaiah. Sunday morning services are at 10:30. Visit the church’s website at stfrancisavamo.org.