April 4, 2021
“The Empty Tomb,” by Tania Runyan
That woman was the first word spoken
must have taken even the angels by surprise,
who were used to bringing their fiery glory
down to the clanging swords of battlefields,
to priests tugging at their beards
in lamentation, to voices thundering in temples
and muscles hefting stones from mountaintops,
not to a trembling woman whose hair clung
to her neck with tears, who for a moment
held the souls of the nations like a basket of figs.
Our Church Calendar
Our Zoom activities and events are linked below; we also post videos on our YouTube Channel as well.
Friday, April 2, 1:30 p.m. Livestream Good Friday Worship
You may view our worship live, or after as a recording here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8eSD2DkUpaCDCwagXnnrqw If you click on before 1:30 p.m., please refresh your screen until you see the livestream video.
Sunday, April 4, EASTER SUNDAY Worship
We will have our worship uploaded to the YouTube Channel by 7 a.m., Sunday morning, for your viewing. We will not have Zoom fellowship on this Sunday. Click here to see our Order of Worship including all readings, to be used at home It includes our hymns, too.
Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m. Building and Grounds meet on Zoom
Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m. Worship
We will have our worship livestreaming on our YouTube Channel beginning at 10 a.m. The Prelude will begin at 10 a.m. You may view our worship live, or after as a recording here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8eSD2DkUpaCDCwagXnnrqw If you click on before 10 a.m., please refresh your screen (as often as needed) until you see the livestream video.
Ways to Connect and Share
Altar Flower Sign up is back!
A sign-up form has been created to sign up just the same as if we were in our gathering area! There can be two names (or more if you email the office separately) for each week that flowers will be in the church. Click on the link below to go to the sign-up sheet and when we get close to the day of your donation, Kate will email you for a dedication to be in the Beacon for the week. The cost of flowers is $35. You may send a check to the office marked “Altar Flowers.” This is one more step toward resuming our Bay Shore lives together! Altar Flower Sign Up
Remember last summer’s AV Appeal? We are now complete with our new “ZOOM ROOM” located in the first-floor conference room. This will allow us to combine in person and virtual participation for the on-going meetings at Bay Shore. Thank you again for your generosity as we envisioned what we could do to keep Bay Shore connected today and in the future!
Ways to Grow and Learn
Pastor Sarah will resume Wednesday Morning Bible Study on April 14 at 9:30 a.m. Her topic is still being considered by the Holy Spirit!
The next Soup’R Books gathering will be held on Sunday, May 2. We will continue to meet via Zoom at 4:00pm. The upcoming book is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Do any of you relate to being a teenager in the 1960s? If so, this book will bring back lots of memories. Read about one boy’s surprising journey through a summer of loss and insight. The importance of church, faith, and friendship arise in this novel. Everyone is invited to participate in Bay Shore’s book group. If you enjoy reading and discussing books, please join us! One copy left!
Ways to Serve and Give
Thank you to everyone who donated funds towards the Easter Baskets for families at Hephatha Lutheran. $1,000 was raised for Walmart gift cards for families who will enjoy Easter meals thanks to you! Thank you also to Kids Impacting Communities and the Once Upon a Preschool families who decorated baskets and filled them with crafts and Easter candy for each child. Thank you to Diane Stoiber, Sandy Johannes and Mary Giddings for delivering the Easter baskets and cards. Happy Easter!
Demaris Kenwood, Chair of the Social Ministry Committee
Are you a Thrivent Member? If you are, you could make a difference here in Milwaukee with their special Faith Builders Emphasis with Habitat for Humanity.
- If you are a Thrivent member, you may have 2020 Thrivent Choice Funds you can designate to Milwaukee Habitat. March 31 is the deadline so now is the perfect time! You can find information here.
Members can log into their Thrivent.com accounts to see if and/or how much they have. That is where they can also choose where to designate their funds to. If they have any questions, they can call 1-800—THRIVENT # (800-847-4836) or email Lisa Truong at [email protected]
- Not all Thrivent Members have Thrivent Choice dollars to designate, BUT all Thrivent members have the opportunity to apply for 2 Action Teams of up to $250 each per year. Contact me to discuss ways you can create an Action Team project to benefit the 2021 Faith Build!
Also, on their website, there are ways to actually help and work on a site for Faith Builders. If someone who is a Thrivent Member would like to coordinate a group of no more than 5 workers, please connect with Pastor Sarah on how to sign up.
“Jesus loves the little children”
In 2019, more than 100 African American babies in the city of Milwaukee did not see their first birthday. Not one life lost is acceptable.
Through Hephatha’s Strong Baby Sanctuary we lift up the lives of all God’s children, especially the smallest and most vulnerable among us. Since fall of 2015, Hephatha has participated in a Strong Baby Sanctuary/ Blanket of Love movement that has lifted pregnant women, infants, children and families, sharing God’s desire for their abundant lives. Through monthly gatherings at Hephatha and Hopkins-Lloyd school, we offer expectant and new moms the educational, emotional and spiritual support to raise healthy Jesus loving children. Thanks be to God for the life giving Gospel work of Hephatha Church. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR YOU, AND THE GENEROSITY OF PARTNERS LIKE YOU!!
–Shared by Nurse Louise, Hephatha Lutheran Church
To support the Strong Baby Sanctuary Project, you can send a special offering to the Church Office designated for the program.
Prayer of the Week
My loving Lord,
it’s so hard to love the world sometimes
and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible.
Help me to be inspired by his love and
guided by his example.
Most of all, I want to accept that I can’t do it alone.
Dear God, please give me support in this journey.
Show me how to unlock my heart
so that I am less selfish.
Let me be less fearful of the pain and darkness
that will be transformed by you into Easter joy. Amen
Readings for Sunday, April 4, 2021
First Reading: Acts 10:34-43
Peter crosses the immense religious and social boundary that separates Jews from Gentiles in order to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, so that God’s forgiveness in Jesus’ name would reach out to all people.
34Peter began to speak to [the people]: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)
1Give thanks to the Lord, for the | Lord is good;
God’s mercy en- | dures forever.
2Let Israel | now declare,
“God’s mercy en- | dures forever.”
14The Lord is my strength | and my song,
and has become | my salvation.
15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents | of the righteous:
“The right hand of the | Lord acts valiantly!
16The right hand of the Lord| is exalted!
The right hand of the | Lord acts valiantly!”
17I shall not | die, but live,
and declare the works | of the Lord.
18The Lord indeed pun- | ished me sorely,
but did not hand me o- | ver to death.
19Open for me the | gates of righteousness;
I will enter them and give thanks | to the Lord.
20“This is the gate | of the Lord;
here the righ- | teous may enter.”
21I give thanks to you, for you have | answered me
and you have become | my salvation.
22The stone that the build- | ers rejected
has become the chief | cornerstone.
23By the Lord has | this been done;
it is marvelous | in our eyes.
24This is the day that the | Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be | glad in it.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
The core of the Christian faith and Paul’s preaching is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the crucified and risen Christ appeared to the earliest of his followers, so we experience the presence of the Risen One in the preaching of this faith.
1Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.
Gospel: Mark 16:1-8
The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement.
1When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body]. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Click here to see our Order of Worship including all readings, to be used at home It includes our hymns, too.
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