Sixth Sunday in Easter

We hope to be able to welcome you in Christian fellowship, either in person or online!

Scripture Readings for this week


JOIN THE 17 MAY SUNDAY SERVICE VIA ZOOM
David Corcoran is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: VCC Online Service
Time: May 17, 2020 11:30 AM Vienna

Join Zoom Meeting
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HOW TO ZOOM

For each meeting or event, you’ll get an invitation with a link.
There are three ways to connect to Zoom — by computer; by phone; or by an app on your smartphone or tablet. Only the computer or smartphone and tablet are options. On a computer might be the easiest and give you the most options.

TO CONNECT BY COMPUTER:

1. Click on the meeting link. That will take you to Zoom.
2. The first time you do this, you might get a prompt asking you to install Zoom. Click YES.
3. Most of the time, you might get a popup window: Open Zoom? Click OPEN ZOOM.
4. You might get two more prompts about video and audio. If your computer has a built-in camera, or you have one that’s plugged into your computer, Join with Video. If you have a built in mic (most computers built in the past 10 years have one), Join with Computer Audio.
5. You should see a small microphone icon on the lower, left corner of your Zoom screen. Click on it to mute or unmute your mic. Sometimes, the host will mute everyone. You can also turn your video (camera) on and off the same way. Zoom has a one-minute video on how to sign on through your computer.:
NOTE: Zoom has a little video that shows how to Sign on to Zoom.

TO CONNECT BY SMARTPHONE OR TABLET:

1. Go to your App Store and download the app, Zoom Cloud Meetings.
2. After downloading and installing, register for a free account.
3. Go to your email and click to verify your email address.
4. Sign into Zoom.
5. After you are registered, for each meeting, when you receive the link from a Zoom host by email, you simply click the link and it will open up in Zoom.
6. If it asks you for your meeting ID, enter that number (it’s included with the meeting information we send you).

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Each Sunday, you will find opportunities to worship individually, with your family, or with small groups. Although we are physically separated from one another, we are united in prayer and praise.

Gathering

Welcome

In Jesus’ name, welcome!

First-time participant or one who’s been here many days; child or elder or somewhere in-between; stewards, caretakers, disciples of Jesus, children of God— neighbours all, loved and loving. Welcome. Welcome in Christ’s name!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

Introit “When you shepherd me”

Opening Prayer

Day by day, God leads us:
to the deep, deep pools of peace,
to the green, lush lawns of grace.

Day by day, Jesus calls us:
to pour out ourselves in service,
to anoint the stranger with hope.

Day by day, the Holy Spirit shows us:
the community we could be,
the family we are called to become.
Hallelujah!

Hymn “I have called you by your name”

Scripture readings

Psalm 23, The Message
Psalm 23, King James Version
John 10:1-10

Hymn “The King of love”

This is among the most beautiful of all the renditions of the Twenty-third Psalm. It was written by Henry Williams Baker, who was ordained in 1844 at age 24.After serving as an assistant pastor for several years, he became the vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire, in 1851. For years Henry worked on a book of hymns that would reflect the grandeur of majestic worship. The first edition was published in 1861, entitled “Hymns Ancient and Modern.” On the British Isles, it was known by its initials; H.A. and M. Because Henry had labored so earnestly over every hymn, editing and changing and deleting words, some called it “Hymns Asked for and Mutilated.” But it became the leading hymnbook in the Anglican church, going through many revisions and selling over 150 million copies. “The King of Love” didn’t appear until the 1868 revision, in the appendix. When Henry passed away in 1877, his friend, John Ellerton, reported that his last words were from this great hymn:
     Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
     But yet in love He sought me,
     and on His should gently laid,
     And, home, rejoicing, brought me.

Sermon

Responsive Hymn “He leadeth me” – two versions.
One from a Hawaiian beach; one from bluegrass country.

Crises can be “birthquakes” for creativity and joy, as well as grief and loss. “He Leadeth Me” by American Joseph Gilmore (1834-1918) was composed in 1862 during the American Civil War, a time of upheaval and insecurity. He was 28 years old, newly ordained when he wrote the hymn. He didn’t intend to publish it, but he gave a draft to his wife, who had it published under a pseudonym. Gilmore notes, “Three years later I went to Rochester, New York, to preach as a candidate before the Second Baptist Church. Upon entering the chapel, I took up a hymnbook, thinking, ‘I wonder what they sing.’ The book opened up at “’He Leadeth Me,’ and that was the first time I knew that my hymn had found a place among the songs of the church”
He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Refrain:
He leadeth me, he leadeth me;
by his own hand he leadeth me:
his faithful follower I would be,
for by his hand he leadeth me.


Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
sometimes where Eden’s flowers bloom,
by waters still, o’er troubled sea,
still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me. Refrain

And when my task on earth is done,
when, by that grace, the victory’s won,
e’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
since God through Jordan leadeth me. Refrain 

Prayers of the People

Prayer for Each of us (inspired by Psalm 23, John 10)

Loving Shepherd,
You lead and guide,
You walk alongside,
You prepare, you feed, you call,
all of your sheep,
even those of us who are lost,
those of us who stray constantly,
those of us who stay close to your comforting staff.

We are grateful for the lush green pastures of our lives,
and we pause now to offer our thanksgivings for the blessingss in our lives …

(a time of silent prayer)

There are so many who walk in the shadows of fear and suffering and despair, and we pause now, to offer our prayers
for the broken and bleeding places in this world…

(a time of silent prayer)

We also offer our prayers for the sheep of our own flocks, in our families and friends, in this our church and our community, and in those communities around the world to which we are linked.

(a time of silent prayer)

O Loving Shepherd, we have all we need, as we live in You. Amen.

Affirmation of Faith (inspired by Psalm 23)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
We believe in the goodness of God.
We believe God hears and responds to our needs.
We believe God responds to all children everywhere.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, and leads me beside still waters. God restores my soul.
We are grateful that we’ve been blessed with enough water. But we know that many do not have enough. Not enough water, not enough food, not enough peace.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Too many children do not see God’s righteousness. Too many children watch violence, taste hunger, feel fear. Too many children cry from the unspeakable horror of war.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
To become involved is risky. Pain is often contagious. Our hearts may be broken and our lives may be threatened. Yet we hear God calling and we can no longer hide.
Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of my enemies; thou annointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Our steps may be small and timid. We may read a book, write a letter, or make a gift. But each tiny step is blessed by God and multiplies.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
God is more relentless than war. God is more pervasive than hatred. God is more insistent than despair.

Blessing

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
And also with you.
Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Closing Hymn and Dance: “Psalm 23”

A modern balletic rendition
A group interpretation
A pas de deux tow generations of men

Maundy Thursday 2020

Some people call it Holy Thursday, others as Maundy Thursday. But what does the “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” mean? It’s certainly not a commonly-used word or something you’re likely to hear outside the context of Easter. What did this term mean, and where did it come from?

Etymologically, the consensus is that “Maundy” comes from the Latin word Mandatum (itself from the verb Mandare), which is translated “commandment.”

In the context of Holy Week it refers to the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples while washing their feet, as recorded in John 13. Specifically, the commandment in John 13:34-35:


“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

VCC CELEBRATES 60 YEARS

VCC 60th ANNIVERSARY

1.   HOMECOMING SUNDAY, September 17th.

2.   REFORMATION DAY – Das große Fest am Rathausplatz in Wien: 30. September 2017

3.   OUTREACH SUNDAY,  1 October 2017

4.   APPRECIATION SUNDAY- More information coming

5.   STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY, November (more information coming)

6.   CELEBRATION SUNDAY, December (more information coming)

Bible+ Club in May

May Programme – Phychotherapy and Faith

Host: Dr. David Nolland

Guest Speaker: Dr. Doris Möhsl

Doris is a practising psychotherapist with many years’ experience as a coach and counsellor. Before that she worked at her family’s hotel and all over the world as a tour guide.

Doris will give us a description of the three Viennese schools of psychology, and tell us about her own specialism, which is existential analysis, associated with the third of these schools. Its founder, Viktor Frankl, was interested in the exploration of “man’s search for meaning”, one of the motivations for which was associated for him mainly with belief in God. She will also tell us a little about how Austrian therapists officially “work” with religion.

Because of the 1 May holiday, May’s Bible+ will be held on Tuesday, 2 May.

Photo: Courtesy of Doris Möhsl 

Bible+ Club

MARCH PROGRAMME

The Beatitudes – Count Our Blessings

Host: Dr. David Nolland

Jesus makes the radical, counterintuitive suggestion that the true possessors of happiness are the poor and the hungry, and that the righteous are those who are reviled and persecuted. Is this madness, slave morality, or a realignment of vision that allows us to be strong in God’s strength and catch sight of our true blessings? What does it mean for how we live today? Come and discuss.

When: 6 March 2017

Where: The VCC Meeting Point

Light refreshments are served! You are welcome to bring something to share. You are welcome to invite others to participate.

Bible+ Club

March Programme

Church Health

Host: Dr. David Nolland

Guest Speaker: Dr. Gábor Lassu

Church Health is not advanced church management! Traditions, finances, programs, personalities and events can each be a controlling force in a church. However, in order for us to grow, we must be a healthy church, and we must build our future around the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus: worship, ministry, discipleship, evangelism and fellowship. As we shift our focus away from programs, performance and from a business managing attitude to emphasizing a people-building process, God will build His church. If our church is healthy, as a living organism, it will grow naturally. Therefore, the real question for us is this: what role do we as individuals play to ensure that VCC is a healthy church?

When: 6 March 2017

Where: The VCC Meeting Point

Light refreshments are served! You are welcome to bring something to share. You are welcome to invite others to participate.

Film Night

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch (1942) (99 minutes)

About the Film:

This Oscar-nominated film is a complex story that contains as much dark material as hilarious comedy and a hint of romance in keeping with Valentines Day! A troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw use their acting and disguise abilities to fool the occupying troops. Sometimes said to be Lubitsch’s best film.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny and Robert Stack.

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Location: VCC Meeting Point, Untere Donaustrasse 39/3, 1020 Vienna

Details: The Film starts at 7 p.m. Come at 6.30 and bring food. Drinks and popcorn will be available.

Bible+ Club in February

The Consolation of Philosophy–Boethius was the smartest person in 5th century Rome, the leading expert on Aristotle and Plato, a walking encyclopaedia of Roman literature, and a writer of treatises on diverse academic subjects which were used as textbooks at Oxford University as late the 18th century. But we will not be looking primarily at Boethius the highbrow intellectual, we will be looking at Boethius the man, whose Christian values – such as defending Christian truth and the falsely accused – shaped the way he led his life and ultimately led to his unjust imprisonment and death. What was the relation between Boethius’ philosophy and Boethius’ life? Can philosophy really make a difference in situations of the utmost difficulty and suffering?
Host David Nolland will lead the discussion to explore the character, ideas and faith of this fascinating individual who is a bridge between the world of antiquity and our own.
When: Monday, 6 February 2017 from 7-9PM.

Location: All Bible+ Club discussions are held at the VCC Meeting Point, Untere Donaustrasse 39/3, 1020 Vienna. Light refreshments are served! You are welcome to bring something to share.