Pastor Sergio Rodriguez, Sermon from St. James Lutheran Church on the Fifth Sunday of Easter
God’s love in us; always timely, leading, building us up. John 13.34b. 5th Easter 1
“Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another (John 13:34b).”
Grace to you and peace from God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia! I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Robert Rivera, Pastor Jairo, and you all for the gift of presiding at today’s worship. Mr. Rivera and Pastor Jairo have shown me truly the meaning of Jesus’ new commandment to love as he has loved; be it at the dinner table, phone calls, driving me around the neighbors of Houston. Above all, they have made known to me the great love that is constantly expressed through you all and the Family Life Center. This kind of love is always timely, never worn out; always persistent, not buckling under pressure; always renewing, not reneging on Christ’s command to help the least of these. He urges us, his disciples, and friends, to see that our love is not simply our own; its source is God; its fount is Christ; its streams flow down from the Spirit.
“Y regresaron del sepulcro, anunciaron todas estas cosas a los once apóstoles y a todos los demás (Lucas 24:9).”
¡Aleluya! ¡El Señor ha resucitado, Aleluya, ¡Aleluya!
¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡Amen, Aleluya!
Que alegría, gozo, y paz hay hoy en el pueblo de Dios. Cristo venció a la sepultura, ha destrozado el sentido fatal en los sepulcros de la humanidad. El aguijón de la muerte fue embotado sobre, como cita San Pedro en su epístola, “la piedra que desecharon los constructores, esa en piedra angular se ha convertido (1 Pedro 2:7).”
Maundy Thursday Worship
Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m., In-person and online
On Maundy Thursday we begin the celebration of the Three Days. On Thursday we remember Jesus sharing the last supper with his disciples before his betrayal and arrest in the Garden Gethsemane. The service will include confession and absolution, readings, a homily for the day, Holy Communion, and the stripping of the altar.
Good Friday: St. John Passion Presented by Bach Society Houston
Friday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m., In-person and online
Good Friday: Passion Reading, Bidding Prayer, Adoration of the Cross
Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m., In-person and online
On Friday we continue the Three Days with the reading of Christ’s passion from the Gospel of John, the Bidding Prayers, Adoration of the Cross, and Solemn Reproaches.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Vespers (The Supper, Fervent Thanksgiving)
Saturday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m., In-person
Join us in the nave for our Easter Vigil. A variety of languages is used in the chants, including English, Latin, Spanish, and Greek. There will be no Holy Communion because we are holding vigil before the Easter celebration.
Holy Saturday: Canonical Hours
Saturday, April 16 beginning at 12:00 a.m. (midnight),
In-person and Zoom
The Canonical Hours mark the course of Holy Saturday, every three hours. This year they are prayed in the comfort of worshipers’ homes. All are invited to participate. Canonical Hours are short prayer times consisting of readings, a psalm, and prayer. A hymn is appointed to each prayer hour which can be read or sung as desired.The Canonical Hours commence Saturday at midnight, 12:00 a.m., and end at 6 p.m. before sunset.
Those who like to participate online may join via Zoom for each canonical hour: 12 a.m., 3 a.m., 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.
Vigil of Easter: Service of Light, Readings of Redemption, Eucharist
Saturday, April 16 at 9:00 p.m., In-person
Easter Sunday: Festival Celebration of
Sunday, April 17 at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in-person and online