5-May-19 Third Sunday of Easter
There are two interesting things about Jesus and Peter talking to each other after the resurrection: First, Jesus doesn't confront Peter about denying him. Not only is it clear the Peter is forgiven. Jesus has already moved on. Second, speaking of moving on, Jesus has a job for Peter: "Feed my sheep." "Tend my lambs."
As we come to the table, we're standing in Peters sandals. We know that we're forgiven. We may have brought to the table all the ways that we've denied Christ in the past week, but now it's time to lay them down, remember Christ's forgiveness, and move on.
We move on to the task of every disciple: To share the Good News of God's love to everyone, to tend and feed God's children -- Jesus' sheep -- in our words and our deeds.
Let us pray.
God, whose forgiveness calls us to this table as welcome guests, we thank you for Jesus, who showed us how much you love us. We thank you for your grace, which is made even more clear at this table. We thank you for these symbols of bread and cup that remind us of how much you gave to make that grace real for us.
As we take these symbols, fill us with the Spirit of your Son so that we can take up the task of feeding and tending your sheep.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.