First off, I wanted to let you all know what a great time I had this past Sunday and I really hope you found it enjoyable (and meaningful?) to worship with other Quakers.
I (and the elders) would love to hear your feedback on the the whole event. Here are some questions: What did you think about it? What did you enjoy the most? Where there any profound moments for you? What would you do differently next time and what would you keep the same? Also, would you do it again?
We are scheduled to go to Multnomah Monthly Meeting on May 23rd for worship and a potluck. I really hope you will all make the effort to come and see what it’s like to worship with these unprogrammed Friends. We will be working on setting up some carpooling and will get details and directions to everyone shortly. (Actually, if you’d like to be the person to head up making sure everyone gets there let us know!).
Second off, we will be doing baby dedications this Sunday which will be a wonderful time for our community.
This week we’re reflecting on this final chapter in the Gospel of John. It’s the third time (and last!) Jesus appears to his disciples. Here’s the text:
“After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Let’s have a little fun and be a little more interactive this week: will you consider your own query (or 2) and email the group back with it? We’ll compile a list of queries to share on Sunday morning.
Have a beautiful week!