Into your hands I commend my my spirit,
for you have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
My times are in your hand. -Psalm 31:15
You are not the center of the universe. The world does not revolve around your desires, your opinions, your thoughts, your story. Accepting this as truth is the beginning of faith, and, at the same time, the implicit argument most irreligious types seem to make against religion, in general, and against Christianity, in particular. It’s not that they don’t believe in God, it’s that they believe they are god.
Life has meaning when our personal life stories are subsumed in other stories, especially in the story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Then our stories weave into the stories of others. Our lives are valuable (this is the meaning of the theological word “redeemed”), when we give ourselves to others.
Way back in Epiphany we heard, in broad lines, who Jesus is. In Lent we were invited to do what he does. In Easter we hear the full expression of God’s love, shown in Jesus, love which is the central illustration of the faith we share.
Love shows up. Love brings peace into the lives of others (John). Love is alive at home, in ordinary moments and places (Matthew). Love catches up with us on our roads of life to retell our stories and to re-frame them properly (Luke).
On Sunday, back in the Gospel of John, we hear that the Love of God waits for us, and, in some way, is ready to receive us, because we are loved.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our Peace moms and grandmothers!
Faith formation follows the service.
Reader: Martin Pralle
Cantor: Sharon Jones
Assistant: Jonathan Moretz
Musicians: Moretz family
Congratulations Lucas and Jack!
Lucas Pralle (Swimming) and Jack Melvin (Basketball) were named Metrowest Daily News All Stars
The first of two underclassmen to make the team from Wayland, Pralle played his role in contributing to the Warriors’ postseason success. He placed fourth in the 100 butterfly (personal best of 53.02) at sectionals before taking fifth in the same event (53.9), 11th in the 100 backstroke (57.40) and was part of the winning 200-medley relay squad (1:35.26) at states. He scored close to 400 points this season and in addition to swimming, he’s also a member of Wayland’s varsity crew team. Pralle hopes to swim in college.
-Metrowest Daily News
The Warriors bounced to the beat of this 6-foot-3 forward’s drum this season. This senior captain, who goes by the nickname of “Melvinator,” was the heart and soul of a Wayland squad that won a Division 2 Central championship. “Melvin was our engine and MVP,” Wayland coach Dennis Doherty said. Melvin averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds per game, and scored a season-high 41 points on Senior Night against rival Weston. “Jack is a special young man,” Doherty said. Melvin, a Dual County League All-Star, is a talented ‘Rock Band 2’ video game drummer and will play basketball at WPI.
-Metrowest Daily News
Monthly Energy Production Report for Peace Lutheran Church
Enphase Energy maximizes your solar energy production and keeps you informed about your system. Your monthly energy report shows how your system performed and how much you contributed to offsetting the global carbon footprint.
Week Peak Power Energy Produced
04/01/2020 – 04/07/2020 11.6 kW 316 kWh
04/08/2020 – 04/14/2020 11.7 kW 254 kWh
04/15/2020 – 04/21/2020 11.8 kW 344 kWh
04/22/2020 – 04/28/2020 11.4 kW 320 kWh
04/29/2020 – 04/30/2020 11.2 kW 92.2 kWh
April 2020 Total: 1.33 MWh
Previous Month Total: 1.49 MWh
Year to Date: 4.49 MWh
Your Carbon Offset for this month: 2,019 lbs
You have offset the equivalent of: 23 Trees
When we assemble in person for worship, the offering is smack-dab in the middle of the service. This is not because the church is all about money. It is because your offerings carry your faith. Offerings tell the truth about what is important to you. Offerings say thank-you to God for the word of life available through a a community of faith. Offerings show your devotion.
Make your weekly offering online or mail a check to the church.
Peace Lutheran Church
107 Concord Road
Wayland, MA 01778
Gardens and Grounds Update
Come any time to claim a piece of our garden for your own plants. This week Stephanie planted more rhubarb. Mary Ann planted peas and cucumbers. Later this month, Ron will put in his tomato plants.
No confirmation class this Sunday, May 10. Students should spend time with their families,or find things to do so that their mothers can do what they please. We meet again as a group at 4 pm on Sunday, May 17.
The council meets Monday, May 11 at 7:30 pm on Zoom.
Wednesday at 7:30 pm. The services include a brief check-in, silence for personal prayer, the Psalm for the day, a devotional reading, and prayers from our Lutheran service for healing.