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April 30  
Luke 24:13-35                                             
The Reverend George Anastos
This week’s scripture story is of the road to Emmaus where two of Jesus’ disciples walk with the risen Christ but do not recognize him. For some reason people just love this story. Perhaps it has to do with walking with Jesus and not recognizing him. That is actually an interesting thought. Christian theology has always taught that we can see Christ in our neighbor, our enemy, the stranger on the street if we but look. One of my professors in seminary used to say that we would be happy to look if we knew in advance it was Jesus. But since we do not know in advance, how do we look and what do we look for?

May 7  
John 10:1-10 
The Reverend George Anastos
Whole Earth Sunday
As I write this I am at the church looking out my office window. Immediately outside is a flowering tree and it is gorgeous. Tonight when I arrive home the trees in front of my house will be a riot of color—not only the vibrant cranberry red of the flowers, but the subtle green of the early leaves. I adore this time of year, watching the miracle of buds unfolding and becoming leaves, of robins making nests in another tree outside my office window (they do it every year), and of crocuses emerging in glory out of the winter soil.

God’s creation is awesome. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

May 14
John 14:1-14
The Reverend Dr. Eric C. Smith
Jesus and his disciples were talking, and as usual, the disciples didn’t understand. And in this case, it’s hard for us to understand too. Jesus says something strange here: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This has been an influential verse in the history of Christianity, as one of the main proof texts for the exclusiveness of Christianity. How should we think about that line, and about the vision Jesus is talking about in this passage generally?

May 21
The Reverend George Anastos
Service of Music and Poetry
Today we welcome to First Plymouth world-renowned composer liturgical composer Mark Hayes. It is an honor to host him and build a service of worship and praise around his music. Blending poetry, prayer and composition we will explore the spiritual life as our souls respond to the sound of trumpet and organ and cymbal and pipe. This is the day that God has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

May 28                      
The Reverend George Anastos                             
Memorial Day weekend
This Sunday will be dedicated to remembering all those we have loved who have died. This will be a service of re-membering, of calling to mind and giving thanks for those whose lives and witness helped shape our lives.