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Acts 5:12, 17-31

Acts 5:12 Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 17 Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, 18 arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said, 20 "Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life." 21 When they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching. When the high priest and those with him arrived, they called together the council and the whole body of the elders of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the temple police went there, they did not find them in the prison; so they returned and reported, 23 "We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside." 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were perplexed about them, wondering what might be going on. 25 Then someone arrived and announced, "Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!" 26 Then the captain went with the temple police and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people. 27 When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man's blood on us." 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him."

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his letter from a Birmingham Jail, “The privileged seldom give up their privilege voluntarily.” In our reading from Acts 5 this coming Sunday we see the disciples out proclaiming the story of Jesus and the Kingdom of God being here. The Jewish temple authorities didn't want them stirring up any trouble, so the disciples were tossed in jail. After an angel set them free, they were right back out there proclaiming Jesus and the Kingdom of God. At the risk of their own lives they continued to publicly proclaim God's love for all. In response to the threats the Jewish leaders represented, they insisted that "We must obey God rather than any human authority." They refused to comply with human authority because God has a greater way of living, even if it created disruption for others. MLK's non-violent protest philosophy endured much hate and anger, and criticisms from white church leaders in Birmingham. Those leaders agreed with the goal of justice for black people, but they thought his protests in Birmingham were "unwise and untimely." King wrote "justice delayed is justice denied." Here we are more than 50 years later and justice for people of color is still being delayed. It is exciting and a cause for hope to see so many white people protesting alongside brothers and sisters of color proclaiming and demanding justice and respect for the humanity of all people. In other words, God's ways. By God's authority.  

This Sunday I plunge into our white privilege and King's challenge to us who are white to have ears to hear about our white privilege. A bold church is one that steps out and proclaims God's Kingdom for EVERYONE!

Pastor Jim
Drive-Through Communion

You are invited to take communion the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month following our online worship service, from about 10:30 until 11:00 a.m.

See you for drive-thru communion this Sunday, June 28.
Rejoice Closed for Independence Day

Rejoice office will be closed Monday, July 6. Let freedom ring!
Add a Personal Touch

To make our worship more meaningful and personal, we need people of Rejoice to serve as greeters and readers. Simply indicate which week you'd like to serve. You can video at your home, at your convenience. You can record earlier than the date listed on the sign up. Sign up to volunteer .

A cell phone in a black case was found in the Rejoice library. Stop by the office to claim it.
Make These YouTubers Famous

Be sure to catch the latest on YouTube:

Enjoy the videos, and feel free to share them with your friends!
Itching to Leave the House?

How about an hour or two of nature and solitude? If you can help out mowing or trimming the Rejoice lawn, call the church office at 320.558.6851 or show up on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Tools and mowers provided.
Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf Open Your Hearts Summer Challenge

The Open Your Hearts Summer Challenge aims to boost food shelves in Minnesota when they it the most – summer time. The challenge makes it possible for food shelves to restock and distribute additional food during this difficult time of the year. Please consider a monetary donation to the Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf . The challenge runs from July 1-31.
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
edited by Sun Yung Shin; (2016) Minnesota Historical Society Press
This book is a collection of sixteen essays which provide an intimate perspective on what it is like to live as a person of color in our state today. Each essay is personal and powerful and at least one is bound to speak powerfully to you this summer. After reading this book you may never think of the phrase ‘Minnesota Nice’ in the same way - and that is a good thing! 

The book is available from Great River Regional Library in book and ebook format. An ebook version is also on sale for $4.99 right now from Amazon , , Google, iTunes and Kobo.
HandsOn Twin Cities

Find volunteer and donation opportunities, as well as educational resources that specifically address current needs in Minneapolis following recent protests at HandsOn Twin Cities , a volunteer center that wants to elevate and support the organizations that are rooted in the metro community and that have been, and will continue, the fight for racial justice. 
Community Prayers
I f you have a loved one or friend in need of prayer, fill out a   prayer request   or use one of the prayer concern requests located on the Interest table and in the sanctuary welcome pads. The star(*) in front of a name denotes a Rejoice member. This is a dynamic list. Requests will be printed for up to four weeks; call the church office at 320.558.6851 to extend listing. If a name of a friend or loved one has been omitted please resubmit the name and/or concern using one of the prayer concern forms found in the red Welcome Pads in the worship area. 
We Mourn With:
Ray and Mary Wilson at the loss of Ray’s aunt, Gladys Person
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
*Kent Asheim
Sunday Burquest, "Grit Girl"  (Speaker at the 2019 Women's Salad Supper event)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
 Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
Judy Evans (friend, Betty Loehr)
Judy Schill (mother, Chris Schill)
Terri (mother, Jill Charboneau)
Kari Hilden (friend, Lori Lanes)
Christy Dorris (great-niece, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
Marlene Anderson-Woods (friend, Linda Agre)
*Pete Lidberg
Lucas Barrett (grandson, Mike Barrett)
*Gladys Steiger
Nick Eldred (Ryan Pridgeon’s Assistant Chief, Clearwater Fire Department)
Violet Viesselman (friend, Jim & Marlys Johnson)
Ken Johnson (brother, Ken Johnson)
*Charlie Johnson
Brian (nephew, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Ryan, son of Layne & Julie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Linda O’Dell-Cowles (family friend, Leigh Holman)
Kent Petersen (brother, Rhoda Senkler)
Justine Honor Pridgeon (granddaughter, Lisa & Ryan Pridgeon)
MJ Havlicek (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Martha Johnson
Karen Kroska (friend, Ray & Mary Wilson)
Rachel Randall (sister, Duane Johnson)
Connie Nelson (sister-in-law, Gladys Steiger)
Nancy Nicoloff (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Dick Swanson
Sandy Swanson (daughter-in-law, Dick Swanson)
Ron Dettman (friend, Linda Agre)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Michael Johnson, (son, Charlie & Edie Johnson)
Ron Wolfbauer (nephew, Carolyn & Ron Stensby)
Walker James Vreeland (grandson, David & Cindy Kirchoff)
Baby Henry Opatz (friend, Tina Bunting)
*Jerry Jagadzinski
*Bev Hugo
Deployed or Returning from Active Duty:
Pastor Daryl Thul (Pastor at South Santiago Lutheran Church) and members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade
Justin Neisen (nephew, Lisa Pridgeon)
Tyler Sunder (son of Karie Monk-Gohman's co-worker)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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