Good Afternoon Friends,
Well, I am happy to be back in Camas and back to work. There was a lot going on after being gone for two weeks so I’ve hit the ground running, thus the lateness of this email. I’ve had a chance to see some of you and catch up a little and I hope to do more of that in the next week. If you’d like to have coffee or lunch (or even possibly dinner) just let me know (And of course you’re always welcome to just drop in the office and say hello)!
Here’s some newsy items for the week:
- Camas Friends Church has been awarded the Hope and Action award by the Council for Homelessness in Clark County. More information on that when I have more.
- The nomination has been made to our Yearly Meeting that Becky Ankeny be our next superintendent. You can read the post about it on the Yearly Meeting’s website and you can also check out Becky’s blog: Reconciliation Papers. I am really excited about the nomination and look forward to our Yearly Meeting Sessions (July 24-29).
- I hope that you will consider coming to Yearly Meeting this year. You can find out more online here.
- And Peace Playhouse is coming! Details are on the church website.
Preparing for Sunday: John 21:15-23
This week we finish our series on the Resurrection Community by turning the last part of John 21 and the dialogue between Jesus and Peter:
“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.”Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” So the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:15–23 NRSV)
- What strikes you about the dialogue between Peter and Jesus?
- Do you see connections between this dialogue and the rest of the Gospel of John?
- What do you think it means to be the resurrection community based on this text?