We have arrived at the fourth Sunday of Easter, a time when the resurrection of Jesus is still in the forefront of our minds – and a driving force in the ministry of the disciples in the early chapters of Acts. We pick up the story after Peter and John have healed a lame man in the temple area. The good news is traveling throughout Jerusalem, and thousands are being added to the church each day. The Jewish authorities respond by throwing Peter and John, the supposed leaders and instigators, into jail. The next morning they are questioned. This confrontation gives Peter the opportunity to witness to the power of the resurrected Jesus. But what energizes Peter, troubles the authorities who seek to silence the disciples.
These moments in the story of the emerging church in Jerusalem give us opportunities to reflect on our witness to Jesus Christ in our own Jerusalems. I invite you to worship with us at the 7:50 a.m., 10 a.m. or 5 p.m. service this Sunday.