Welcome to Lent. Although we still get blasted with snow, the days are lengthening and plans for spring time adventures are forming. Hopefully, our hearts are warming and our minds are seeing more light as we seek direction for our little church on the corner.
Huge thanks to Jim Dugan who was our lay worship leader last week and sent an update:
o Prayer intentions raised for Jeff's brother-in-law, who was just diagnosed with a cancer in his neck. Barbara also raised prayers for her sister. I raised prayers for my father-in-law, Richard, who is dealing with heart issues.
o Rev. Scott pointed out the hypocrisy of the priests in Matthew, who violated the 10 commandments by voting to put Jesus to death, due only to their envy of him and his love of the people. They were more concerned about the proper disposition of Judas' returned money than what they did to Jesus. The priests went to Pilate to request Jesus' crucifixion, because only the Roman Empire held that authority.
o In his sermon, Rev. Scott referred to the choices that we all make in life. We have choice to empower ourselves with God's word to proclaim truth in a world of unfairness, or stay on the sidelines. The priests made the choice of hate and to violate the 10 commandments. Jesus made the choice to love and honor God and the people. Jesus guided by love of God, loving others as self, and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.
We also recived an update from Rev Stevenson. Her daughter in Copenhagen sadly lost her baby. We will continue to keep the family in our prayers for a “path of healing and recovery.”
The week’s New Testament reading is Mark 9:17-27 . The lesson tells the story of Jesus’s encounter with a father whose son is possesed. The father cries out ‘I believe; help my unbelief.” The spirit leaves at Jesus’s command.
We welcome Rev Scott to the pulpit where his sermon is entitled “We Can Live a Positive Life.”
Tonight we begin our book study with “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz. Although generally, considered a new age type of book, we can look at it for it’s practical advice and find Bible quotes that reflect the concepts. It is a very short but memorable book...again, all welcome to join the discussion whether you have read or not.
The other book we will be discussing in future evenings is “Falling Upward” by Richard Rohr.