Easter VI at the Good Shepherd

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Sunday, May 26th

the Sixth Sunday of Easter

        8:00 AM-- HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE I
      11:30 AM-- COFFEE HOUR in the COMMON ROOM
      11:45 AM-- ADULT FORUM in the LORING ROOM    

         FIRST READING: Acts 16: 9-15
         PSALM: 67
         NEW TESTAMENT: Revelation 21: 10- 22: 5
         GOSPEL: John 14: 23- 29

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday in Easter. In our lection from Acts, we read the story of the baptism of Lydia in Macedonia. Lydia appears to have been a wealthy and industrious woman who dealt in purple cloth. Her conversion is believed historically to have been important in the Christian story because she brought stability to the itinerant missionary journeys of Paul. It is also of note that, as a woman, the text speaks of "her and her household," granting to her an autonomy not always given to women in that day. This reminds us of another way in which the Spirit was working in the Book of Acts, showing "no partiality" (Acts 10:10) between men and women. In John's gospel, we continue in the Farewell Discourse at the Last Supper, with Jesus promising the gift of the Holy Spirit, called the Advocate, who will continue the ministry of teaching and bringing peace begun in Christ. We worship at 8:00 and 10:00.

Remember that this Sunday, May 26th is the Feast of St. Seersucker, the bi-annual feast of the patron saint of summer. Dress in your finest seersucker. (And for those still wondering: no, there is no St. Seersucker, nor does he have a place on the Church Calendar.... though he will be celebrated across the Cape and Islands this weekend by Catholics, Protestants, and agnostics alike.)

Building on the Sure Foundation Please be on the lookout for information on our modest capital campaign to renovate the downstairs restrooms, children's classrooms, and the kitchen. As of writing, we have received just over $27,000 in support, with additional pledges of $10,000. Thank you!

Adult Forum in Eastertide continues this Sunday at 11:45. This week we will discuss the "Harrowing of Hell," the idea that Christ descended to the dead and broke the bonds of sin and death, and see how it has influenced our creeds, liturgy, and music.

Pentecost Sunday, June 9th Pentecost Sunday, on which we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, falls fifty days after Easter-- this year on June 9th. This year we will celebrate the graduation of our seniors, say thank you to those who have supported Christian Education during the year, honor Chez Valentine on her graduation from BC's School of Theology and Ministry and gather on the Good Shepherd Green for our parish picnic. Mark your calendars! And wear red.

See you Sunday! peace, Jay+

Our capital campaign for the renovation of Good Shepherd's downstairs space, called "Building on the Sure Foundation," is making very good progress. The kitchen, the two restrooms, the first and second grade classroom, and the nursery, are being rejuvenated. The two restrooms are also being made handicapped accessible.
Both the fundraising and renovations are progressing well. Our goal for this effort is to raise $75,000. Please consider prayerfully what you can give, and please make your gift in May or June of this year.
PLEASE NOTE: Renovations have begun on the downstairs restrooms. Downstairs restrooms, as well as the nursery, are not accessible.

Childcare is available Sundays in the Loring Room. During renovations, the restroom across from the Atrium will be the only available facility. 
May's Agape Supper celebrated the Feast of Jackson Kemper, the first Missionary Bishop in the Episcopal Church. He built churches and seminaries in the Upper Midwest, and was the first to ordain Native Americans to the gospel ministry. Pictured above are some of our "Wild West Waban" children and youth, along with a picture of the first Native American whom Bishop Kemper ordained.
Congratulations to our own Chez Valentine, who graduated on Monday with a Master's Degree in Theology from Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. If you have pictures of other Good Shepherd graduates, please e-mail them to the church office so they may be included in our newsletters. 
Mark your calendars:
Good Shepherd, through our Outreach ministry, will volunteer with B-SAFE on July 10-12.

We will provide lunch at Sts. A&M on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday we will support the field trip to Lake Cochituate. Contact Marilyn Crone for more details. 
Glorious things of thee are spoken
Zion, city of our God!

He whose Word cannot be broken
formed thee for his own abode;
On the Rock of Ages founded,

What can shake thy sure repose?
With Salvation's walls surrounded,
thou may'st smile at all thy foes.

Hymnal 1982 # 523
Abbott's Leigh
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