Featuring: Sacrament of Communion
Senior Reflection By Andy Bean with Introduction by Don Ross
Lesson: Acts 9:1-20
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against Jesus’ disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
Reflection: Andy Bean Shares
This Sunday Andy is the first of four UPA seniors who have been invited to share reflections in the coming three weeks. We relish these reflections because they are a flash of light from heaven. They reveal truths about our church, our faith, our shared home in Newton, and they illustrate the Spirit’s surprising work among us. These reflections appear against the dark backdrop of recent violence perpetrated by young adults. Worshipers in Sri Lanka and California were attacked by young, lost souls. Yesterday, students in North Carolina were attacked by a troubled young adult. How desperately we wish the Spirit of God had somehow intervened in their lives in those moments they were “breathing murderous threats” on Facebook and Twitter. So we redouble our interest in the lives of young adults in our sphere of influence. We show up and listen carefully not simply in worship but in all of the places and ways each one travels. It was my privilege joining Andy and other UPA youth for ice cream at Wally’s seven years ago; they were among my first visits. I remember the first time he played drums at UPA and I doubt I will ever forget those moments he stood before us, singing. Some of my favorite memories of Andy include Ski Retreat evenings in the lodge where he orchestrated lengthy games of “President”, “Chowder,” and scores of board games I could neither play nor even pronounce. In fact Andy’s intellectual and spiritual journey lead past several signposts that are unfamiliar to me, and I have deeply appreciated that journey, trusting he and his friends are leading us all to new territory where the common good may flourish. May God’s grace surround you as you journey forward in love, Andy! –Pastor Doug
Prelude: “Fughette in C” Pachelbel
Meditation: “Grazioso in D” Telemann
Anthem: “Alleluia” James
Postlude: “Fugue in C” van der Kerchhoven
Religious Education This Week
From the Desk of Sheryl:
- Youth will remain in worship to hear Andy share his Senior Sermon
- Sunday School will be learning about the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
May 10th: Our Final Intergenerational Friday with Games and Prizes
All are welcome to our Friday Games and Pot Luck. Bring your favorite dish and join in games with prizes.
Time 6:00pm to 8:30 pm ANYONE can come with or without food.
- Youth will remain in worship to hear Reid share his Senior Sermon
- Sunday school with have a Mother’s day craft
9 O’clock Singers
Choral Rehearsal – Tomorrow NIGHT
Thursday, May 2nd from 7:30 – 9:00pm Allen will be offering a choral preview-workshop for May’s 9 o’Clock Singers anthems and music.
Next Choral Rehearsal
Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care is provided from 8:45am through the end of worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. Please join us! – Allen LeVines, Director of Music