May 24, 2020 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Sorry about the Zoom link last week. It was zoom’s problem as many many churches experienced the same thing. Prayerfully they do not have the same problem this week. Everything else remains the same. 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288
Devotion & Prayer Thought
In our Thursday bible study a very true thought was expressed. Paraphrasing: “I’ve gone to church all my life, we’ve been “off” long enough that going back will be tough.” We are creatures of habit. Some habits, like going to church, are good ones. We call good habits virtues. Some habits, like cursing, are bad ones. We call them vices. St. Peter tells us “make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Pet. 1:5-8 NLT)” And it is not that we ever fully possess a virtue in this life. Satan is always prowling like a lion looking for whom he might devour. But what I would say is that a well-honed virtue is a steady walk with the Holy Spirit. The act of the will to do the right is the spiritual athletic equivalent of the athlete’s muscle memory. A practiced pitcher doesn’t think where to throw, they just do and it goes to the right place. But when we fall out of practice, that muscle memory isn’t as sure. Strikes become balls. We need to cognitively think about it. And that is the work. That is why it is hard. Because thinking is hard. We must align our mind and our wills again. And Satan will work against that. Even our own flesh will. We have to think, get up and go to church, when our trained muscles are heading to the coffee pot and enjoying an extra bit of sleep.
I obviously think regular worship is a good virtue to develop. We will ask the confirmands next week if they intend to make diligent use of the means of grace. And the hoped for answer is yes. But at this moment of tipping. When new habits might have been formed that we might need to break. When old virtues are going to need to be resurrected. It might also be a good time, as we are already engaging the mind to change the will, to ask what other efforts should we be making to supplement faith with a generous provision of moral excellence? How shall we collectively (or individually) add virtues and break vices?
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: May 25th – June 1st
Wed., Fri.: ……………… 8:00am Preschool
Tuesday: ……………..… 3:00pm Conf. Cls – 1st yr
Thursday: …………….. 10:00am Bible Study
Sunday: …………………. 9:00am Bible Study and Sunday School
- Thurs 10am: We will be reading the book of Zechariah for the next couple of weeks at least – the short OT Revelation. If you want to zoom in please contact me and I’ll be sure to make it live.
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Thanks to Nick for all he did this past year! Keep a look out here and in your email for future plans for LAF.
Year 1: We are meeting on zoom for the time being. 3PM Tuesdays. Lord’s Prayer. We will be working through the worksheet as I share my screen. Please bring your catechism and a bible.
Year 2: Confirmation proper is Pentecost, which is May 31st since we are open.Congrats to our confirmands.
RUMMAGE SALE … June 27th
We are now accepting donations for the Rummage Sale; they can be dropped off in the Multipurpose Room. If you would like to help with this event please contact Miss Kelly at 334-4130